Disney Bails out DL Paris... again
Paris, France, Jun. 10 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Co. is helping to shore up finances of the troubled Disneyland resort outside Paris for the second time in a decade.
Disney and three French banks agreed to a financial bailout of Euro Disney, grappling with heavy debt and slow ticket sales. About $2.9 billion in debt would be refinanced under the plan, and Euro Disney would issue an unspecified amount of stock to raise cash and help pay for new theme park attractions, the Los Angeles Times said.
Disney could purchase as much as $120 million of the new stock in Euro Disney, a source familiar with the deal said.
Although the rescue package would avert a financial crisis, it wouldn't get Euro Disney out of the woods entirely. Analysts say there are many challenges ahead for the publicly traded company.
"It's a lifeline," said Mark Abramson, an analyst with Bear Stearns. "The major obstacles, however, remain in place."