Macau Gambling Revenues Reach Record High In October
Gambling Revenues In Macau Grow 32% During October
After seeing very strong 3rd quarter results from Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN), it appears the momentum in Macau is still picking up steam. During October, gambling revenues in the region totaled $4.6 billion, the highest monthly total in history. During the Chinese Golden Week holiday, historically one of the most profitable weeks of the year in Macau, visitors from mainland China increased by 10.7% year-over-year. This jump can be attributed to the continued rise of the “mass-market” segment, composed of China’s growing middle class. These visitors are coming in higher numbers and spending more money than ever, a huge positive for the industry as it reduces the casino operator’s reliance on the more volatile VIP market, made up of super wealthy “whale” gamblers. Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) stands to be a big beneficiary of this trend as their City of Dreams Macau property is the dominant player is the mass-market sector. Hotels were near full capacity for the Golden Week despite the cheapest five-star room on the Cotai Strip priced at $737 per night. With such a strong start to the 4th Quarter in Macau, LVS, MPEL, WYNN and MGM are well positioned to outperform expectations for Q4 2013.
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