Wynn stock (NASDAQ:WYNN) currently trades at $91 per share, roughly 35% below its pre-inflation shock high of $140 seen on March 17, 2021. The stock has been impacted by the Macau operations, which saw business largely collapse over 2021 and 2022, due to China’s stringent Covid-19 restrictions which hurt tourist inflows into the region. The stock was trading at a low of about $52 in June 2022 and has jumped about 74% from these levels to almost $91 currently as things recovered in Macau of late, with China easing travel restrictions and pent-up demand for gaming activities driving a recovery. For perspective, the company’s operating revenue for Q2 rose 49% to $1.60 billion, with net income attributable to Wynn standing at $105.2 million, compared to a net loss of $130.1 million a year ago.
Interestingly, Wynn stock has had a Sharpe Ratio of 0.1 since early 2017, lower than 0.6 for the S&P 500 Index over the same period. This compares with the Sharpe of 1.3 for the Trefis Reinforced Value portfolio. Sharpe is a measure of return per unit of risk, and high-performance portfolios can provide the best of both worlds.
Returning to the pre-inflation shock level means that Wynn stock will have to gain about 54% if the stock recovers from $91 currently to its pre-shock highs of $140 per share. While it’s possible that the stock may recover to those levels, we presently estimate Wynn’s valuation to be around $109 per share, only marginally ahead of the current market price. While we believe that Wynn could see gains, we think that the upside for the company in the near term could be limited by concerns about the global economy and a potential slowdown in consumer spending. Our detailed analysis of Wynn upside post-inflation shock captures trends in the company’s stock during the turbulent market conditions seen over 2022. It compares these trends to the stock’s performance during the 2008 recession.
2022 Inflation Shock
Timeline of Inflation Shock So Far:
- 2020 – early 2021: Increase in money supply to cushion the impact of lockdowns led to high demand for goods; producers were unable to match up.
- Early 2021: Shipping snarls and worker shortages from the coronavirus pandemic continue to hurt the supply
- April 2021: Inflation rates cross 4% and increase rapidly
- Early 2022: Energy and food prices spike due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Fed begins its rate hike process
- June 2022: Inflation levels peak at 9% – the highest level in 40 years. S&P 500 index declines more than 20% from peak levels.
- July – September 2022: Fed hikes interest rates aggressively – resulting in an initial recovery in the S&P 500 followed by another sharp decline
- Since October 2022: Fed continues rate hike process; improving market sentiments help S&P500 recoup some of its losses.
In contrast, here’s how WYNN stock and the broader market performed during the 2007/2008 crisis.
Timeline of 2007-08 Crisis
- 10/1/2007: Approximate pre-crisis peak in S&P 500 index
- 9/1/2008 – 10/1/2008: Accelerated market decline corresponding to Lehman bankruptcy filing (9/15/08)
- 3/1/2009: Approximate bottoming out of S&P 500 index
- 12/31/2009: Initial recovery to levels before accelerated decline (around 9/1/2008)
Wynn Stock and S&P 500 Performance During 2007-08 Crisis
WYNN stock declined from nearly $164 in October 2007 to $21 in March 2009 (as the markets bottomed out), implying that the stock lost over 85% of its value through the drawdown. However, the stock rebounded strongly to over $58 by early 2010, an increase of about 178%. The S&P 500 Index saw a decline of 51%, falling from levels of 1,540 in September 2007 to 757 in March 2009. It then rallied 48% between March 2009 and January 2010 to reach 1,124.
Wynn Fundamentals Over Recent Years
Wynn’s revenues declined from around $6.6 billion in 2019 to about $2.10 billion in 2020 as the spread of COVID-19 impacted gaming and hospitality-related revenues. The number recovered to $3.8 billion in 2021 and stood at $3.75 billion in 2022, as a recovery in the U.S. was partly offset by weakness in Macau. While the company posted a profit of over $300 million in 2019, it has remained loss-making over the last three years, as the pandemic weighed on its business. Net losses stood at about $700 million in 2022.
With the Fed’s efforts to tame runaway inflation rates helping market sentiment, Wynn (WYNN) stock has the potential for gains once fears of a potential recession are allayed.
|S&P 500 Return||-4%||13%||93%|
|Trefis Reinforced Value Portfolio||-6%||23%||532%|
 Month-to-date and year-to-date as of 9/25/2023
 Cumulative total returns since the end of 2016