Euro Disney S.C.A.

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Euro Disney S.C.A.
Public
Traded as EuronextEDL
Headquarters Marne-la-Vallée, France
Coordinates 48°52′07″N 2°46′54″E / 48.8687°N 2.7818°E / 48.8687; 2.7818Coordinates: 48°52′07″N 2°46′54″E / 48.8687°N 2.7818°E / 48.8687; 2.7818
Products Theme parks
Revenue Decrease EUR 1,279.70 Million (2014)[1]
Decrease EUR -65.40 Million (2014)[2]
Decrease EUR -93.40 Million (2014)[3]
Total assets EUR 2,160.20 Billion
Total equity EUR -167.10 Billion
Owner The Walt Disney Company (81%)
Number of employees
14,064
Subsidiaries Euro Disney Associés S.C.A.
Website disneylandparis.fr

Euro Disney S.C.A. (EuronextEDL) is the company that owns and operates Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France. Prior to the 2015 capital restructuring 39.78% of shares were held by The Walt Disney Company, 10% by the Saudi Prince Alwaleed and 50.22% by other shareholders, after the restructuring in 2015 The Walt Disney Company now owns 76.71%, Prince Alwaleed retains 10%, the US investment company Invesco owns 6% and just 2% is owned by other shareholders.[4] The stock is traded on the Euronext Paris exchange.

Disneyland Paris comprises Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village, and seven on-site Disney Hotels. Val d'Europe is a new residential and shopping development. Another seven hotels/residences have been built not far from the two Disney theme parks on land held under Euro Disney SCA's lease, including properties from companies such as Holiday Inn, Kyriad, MyTravel and Radisson Hotels.

The Resort is a result of an agreement signed on 24 March 1987 between The Walt Disney Company and the French Authorities for the development of a new tourist destination, and construction began within a year. Since opening on 12 April 1992,[5] the Resort has created more than 30,000 jobs (both directly and indirectly) in the region to the east of Paris. Today it is the number one tourist destination in Europe with 14.5 million visits recorded for Financial Year 2007[citation needed].

History[edit]

1980's[edit]

In May 1985 Disney Productions indicated that they would build a European Disneyland park with a location expected to be selected by September.[CDC 1] A letter of intent was signed on December 15, 1985 by CEO Michael Eisner and then French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius in regards to building the theme park at Marne-la-Vallée, France on 4400 acres.[CDC 2] The theme park plans were approved by the Île-de-France regional council on July 11, 1986.[CDC 3] The Walt Disney Company appointed Robert Fitzpatrick as Euro Disneyland president on March 12, 1987.[CDC 4] On March 24 1987 Euro Disney signed an agreement with the French government.[CDC 5] Construction on Euro Disney Resort began in August 1988.[CDC 6] In February 1989 Euro Disney SCA licensed The Walt Disney Company's intellectual property for the French theme park.[CDC 7] Euro Disney went public by trading on the Paris Stock Exchange on October 8 at US$14 a share with 42.9 million shares sold.[CDC 8]

1990's[edit]

In 1990 The Disney Company issued US$2.25 billion in convertible bonds through Merrill Lynch to fund building Euro Disneyland .[CDC 9] with an additional US$770 million in bonds offered by Euro Disney in October.[CDC 10] The second international Disney theme park, Euro Disneyland, opens as part of Euro Disney Resort in Marne-la-Vallée, France on April 12, 1992 with five theme lands: Adventureland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Main Street plus Festival Disney resort area.[CDC 11]

2000's[edit]

In 2005 Euro Disney delisted from the London Stock Exchange[6]

In 2015 the company was restructured with a $1.3Bn recapitalisation, The Walt Disney company injected EUR420 Million and converted EUR600 Million of debt into capital. The restructuring also came with a 9-to-1 rights issue, hoping to raise EUR351 Million [7]

Administration[edit]

  • Chairman and CEO, Euro Disney SAS – Catherine Powell
    • Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Daniel Delcourt
    • Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer - Mark Stead

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maclean's, July 8, 1985, Volume 98. Page 42.
  2. ^ Time, December 30, 1985, Volume 126. Page 64.
  3. ^ The New York Times,July 12, 1986. Page 34.
  4. ^ The New York Times, March 13, 1987. Page D4.
  5. ^ The New York Times, March 25, 1987. Page D3.
  6. ^ Disney Magazine, Fall 1997. Page 72.
  7. ^ Disneyland Paris - In Brief, by ?, 1994.
  8. ^ The Keys to the Kingdom, by Kim Masters, 2001. Page 281.
  9. ^ Forbes, October 1, 1990, Volume 146. Page 208.
  10. ^ The Keys to the Kingdom, by Kim Masters, 2001. Page 281.
  11. ^ The New York Times, April 13, 1992. Page A1.

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