For the first time in it’s 25 year existence, The Walt Disney Company has full ownership of Disneyland Paris after a recent stock buyout of current shareholders. France has laws in place that required Disney to own at least 95% of the stock in order to be considered the full owners of the property. Disney actually ended up with 97.08% ownership. The shareholders that did not sell directly to Disney will see their share redeemed at 2 Euros a piece.
Disneyland Paris’ bottom line has taken some hit recently. Disney has stated that they are committed to the long-term success of this park and this deal is one way of putting their “money where their mouth is.” Within the past few years, Disney offered 1.5 billion Euros to support a successful recapitalization. Also, in 2014, Disney pledged 1 billion Euros over a 10-year time span.
The Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015 lead to a downturn in the French tourism industry and helped contribute towards a net loss of 858 million Euros for the park in 2016. There also has been a lot of volatility in the European economy and this has effected business all across Europe. In 2015, the park had a net loss of 102 million Euros.
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