Wanda Film Holdings delivered some good news to the embattled Dalian Wanda group. The cinema business enjoyed profits in the six months to June that grew by 10% to $132 million (RMB887 million), up from $120 million (RMB805 million) in the same period last year.
The company said that the Chinese theatrical market had expanded by 3.5% in cash terms, and reported growing competition between cinema operators. But Wanda Film (previously Wanda Cinema Line) enjoyed a 16% increase in gross revenues. These hit close to $1 billion, reported as RMB 6.61 billion, up from RMB5.72 billion. The growth came from new cinema openings and a quickly expanding portion of non-box office revenues including merchandize sales. Its loyalty program now counts 90 million members. During the six months Wanda opened 54 new cinemas with a total of 436 additional screens.
In a separate regulatory announcement, the company said that its planned asset reorganization remains ongoing and incomplete. Its shares, untraded since July, remain suspended pending the reshuffle.
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Parent company, Dalian Wanda has been embroiled in controversy since July when government moved to crimp its overseas expansion and halted Chinese bank lending to its acquired overseas operations.