Shares of Imax Corp. (IMAX: News ), a large-screen movie theater chain,
surged more than 4% on Friday after the UK newspaper Daily Mail reported that
Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. (SNE: News ) might be preparing to acquire
the company for $40 per share. The report also said that diversified media and
entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney Co. (DIS: News ) might be interested in
However, Imax said Friday that it was not aware of any corporate developments
to account for the stock trading activity on the same day.
Shares of Imax have increased over the past year, buoyed by improving revenue
and the success of 3D blockbusters. As of September 30, 2010, there were 470
IMAX theatres comprising of 348 commercial and 122 institutional, opereview in
In November 2007, Imax signed a four-picture deal with DreamWorks Animation
SKG Inc. (DWA). The agreement marked the company's first multiple 3D picture
deal with a Hollywood studio.
In April this year, Imax signed a deal with Warner Bros. to release up to 20
titles in Imax between 2010 and 2013. In January, Discovery Communications Inc.
(DISCA), Sony and Imax announced a joint venture to develop the first 24/7
dedicated 3D television network in the U.S.
IMAX, which has a market capitalization of $1.79 billion, closed Friday's
regular trading session at $28.07, up $1.21 or 4.50% on a volume of 25.38