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MGM China profit hurt by weak mass and VIP revenue

MGM China posted a one percent decline in 17Q2 revenue as mass floor table games income fell two percent, while VIP gained just one percent.

The company reported net revenue of $448.7 million, with its quarterly performance lagging that of its Macau peers to have reported so far. Its stock dropped more than 4 percent in pre-market trading in New York. Despite the decline, revenue from Macau operations was slightly ahead of Deutsche Bank forecasts for $445 million.

The company said volumes in its main floor table games section had fallen 8 percent. This was partially offset by an increase in the hold percentage to 19.3 percent from 18.2 percent in the prior year quarter.

VIP turnover was up three percent, though the hold percentage fell to 2.9 percent compared with 3.1 percent in the year earlier period.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased two percent to $116 million, compared to $119 million in the prior year quarter, including $8 million of license fee expense in both the current and prior year quarters. This missed the $118.2 million estimate from Deutsche Bank.

Bernstein said MGM China's 17Q2 results missed consensus estimates primarily on weak mass. 

The company is operating out of just one property in Macau on the peninsula, while the opening of its new integrated resort on Cotai has been pushed back later this year. Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in the earnings release that the property will open in 17Q4.

"We remain concerned about the company's ability to fully defend its position over the next few quarters until the opening of MGM Cotai in Q4 along with a slow potential ramp up of MGM Cotai," said Bernstein, adding it expects potentially a late October of November opening date. 

For the company as a whole, MGM Resorts International posted revenue of $2.64 billion for the quarter, compared with $2.26 billion a year earlier. Net income dropped to $210.6 million from $474.3 million.

Among its domestic resorts, MGM said revenue had increased 22 percent over the prior year quarter to $2.1 billion, due to the inclusion of MGM National Harbor and Borgata, and a decrease of 1 percent on a same-store basis primarily due to lower year over year table games hold.

Adjusted property EBITDA, in the U.S. grew 28 percent over the prior year quarter to $658 million.

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