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Mudrick Capital might have missed out on greater than $300 million by dumping AMC a day early

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Mudrick Capital raised eyebrows on Tuesday when it purchased 8.5 million shares of AMC Entertainment by an providing from the theater chain, then, according to Bloomberg News, flipped all of that stock for a tidy revenue on the exact same day.

However the distressed funding agency may have made much more cash if it held onto its shares of the meme inventory for only one extra day.

The movie show chain surged more than 100% on Wednesday amid a Reddit-fueled buying frenzy, prompting a number of buying and selling halts. At one level, AMC’s value peaked as excessive as $72.62, far above its earlier intraday excessive of $36.72, which occurred Friday. 

AMC revealed in a securities filing Tuesday that Mudrick bought 8.5 million shares at roughly $27.12 per share, price about $230.5 million. Bloomberg News reported later that day that the funding agency then bought all of its shares for a revenue, cashing in on the pop within the inventory that occurred partially due to the capital raised by Mudrick.

Whereas it is unclear the precise value Mudrick bought its AMC shares for, the movie show inventory closed at $32.04 on Tuesday, which might have made Mudrick’s stake price $272.34 million. Which means Mudrick made an estimated greater than $41 million in revenue from its sale.

At Wednesday’s excessive of $72.62, the 8.5 million AMC shares that Mudrick owned would have been price $617.27 million.

So the agency missed out on probably one other $344 million in revenue Wednesday on prime of the estimated $41 million it made Tuesday.

But when elementary analysts are appropriate and AMC shares will finally fall 90%, the Mudrick payday will nonetheless develop into an enormous one, even when it missed out on the very prime of the hype. Most Wall Avenue analysts consider AMC shares will drop considerably decrease. The common 12-month goal value of analysts is $5.11, in keeping with FactSet.

Representatives for Mudrick didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

— With reporting by CNBC’s Sarah Whitten.

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