Las Vegas Sands Beat Street Estimates Driven By Macau Properties

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Las Vegas Sands
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Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) released its first quarter results last week, with consolidated net revenues of $3.65 billion and adjusted EPS of $0.91, beating street estimates. The company’s total revenues grew by 1.9% over the prior year quarter, driven by 2.4% growth in casino revenues and a strong performance by the company’s Cotai Strip hotels.

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Macau Properties

LVS properties in Macau contribute around 64% of the consolidated net revenues and has been the major source of growth for the company over the last 2 years. The casino revenues in Macau have been consistently growing at 16% annually driven by increased visitation from different Chinese provinces.

  • The net revenues increased by 8% to $2.33 billion, and adjusted EBITDA margin improved by 30 basis points to 36.8% this quarter.
  • The Cotai Strip hotels remain a cornerstone to the business in Macau, with total Cotai revenues growing by 9.4% over the prior year quarter. Growth was driven by casino revenues, where the mass-market win percentage saw an improvement across properties.

Singapore Property

Marina Bay Sands contributes around 25% of the consolidated net revenues and has been observing declining revenues over the last couple of years, barring 2017.

  • The net revenues decreased by 12% to $767 billion, driven by a sharp drop in casino revenues, over the prior year quarter.
  • Casino revenues declined due to a significant drop in rolling chip volume, mass-market volume, and slot handle.
  • The room occupancy improved by 1.3% to 98.1% this quarter, resulting in an increase in room revenues by 2% to $102 billion.

Las Vegas Properties

The share of Las Vegas properties in consolidated net revenues has been declining consistently over the last couple of years from 13% in 2015 to 10% in 2018, driven by a consistent drop in casino revenues in Las Vegas over the last decade.

  • The net revenues declined by 1.3% to $471 billion, driven by lower casino revenues and a minor upside from room revenues, over the prior year quarter.
  • The hotel occupancy rate declined by 0.9% and average daily rate increased by 2.3%, over the prior year quarter.
  • The EBITDA margin remained almost flat compared to the prior year quarter at 29.3%.
  • The management expects group business meetings, non-gaming offerings, international baccarat business, and room price increase as future growth opportunities in Las Vegas.

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