PVR sets high revenue goals for SPI Cinemas, aims Rs 5 billion by FY20

Multiplex chain PVR Ltd is eyeing Rs 5 billion revenue from South India-based SPI Cinemas, which the former is in the process of acquiring, by financial year 2019-20.

SPI Cinemas, which operates 76 screens across 17 properties in 10 cities under several brands Sathyam, Escape, Palazzo, The Cinema, S2 Cinema, has reported revenue of Rs 3 billion in 2017-18.

"We expect SPI Cinema acquisition to contribute Rs 500 crore (5 billion) revenue by financial year 2020. We also expect this acquisition to help us diversify content risk further with good mix of regional, Bollywood and Hollywood films," Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures & Head of Strategy and Planning, told analysts in a conference call.

The company said that acquisition is in line with the its continual growth and expansion strategy and will help it achieve its vision of having 1,000 screens by financial year 2020.

Post the transaction, PVR will have 706 screens operational across the country and the company said this acquisition will make it number 1 operator in top 3 cities of South India -- Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

When asked if the company is looking at more acquisition opportunities, he said: "We are very conscious of (acquiring a player) that is a perfect fit in terms of quality and value proposition. There are not too many opportunities out there now...but if something comes our way we will look at it."

In March this year, PVR has said it is evaluating acquisition opportunities of cinema exhibition chains and plans to raise up to Rs 10 billion, to carry out the transaction, through issuance of non convertible debentures (NCDs).

In 2016, PVR had also acquired 32 screens of DT cinemas from realty major DLF for Rs 4.33 billion. PVR operates over 600 screens in 52 cities in India.