GENTING SINGAPORE 4Q11 PREVIEW

We’re expecting another disappointing quarter from Genting. 

 

 

Our property level EBITDA estimate of S$390MM is about 5% below consensus.  Based on our proprietary analysis of government tax data, we believe that the Integrated Resorts in Singapore generated Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) of S$1.94BN, down 5% QoQ but up 13% YoY.  MBS reported GGR of S$1.01BN, implying that RWS produced only S$930MM compared to S$975MM in 3Q11. 

 

Part of the issue is that Singapore growth may be somewhat tapped out as we wrote about in ‘SINGAPORE Q3 REVIEW’ on 11/11/11.  RWS also experienced a several week delay in the grand opening of the Equarius Hotel and Beach Villas (opening tomorrow) and its slot/EGT expansion – both originally slated to open by Christmas.  We suspect that management walked down Q4 expectations in January but it looks like numbers still need to come down.  We noticed a change in tone from when we spoke with the company in mid-January, compared to the tone in late November.  In late November, their expectation seemed to be for a big sequential increase in VIP similar to Q4 2010.  However, management was much more cautious in January – shifting the focus on what they need to do to get Phase 2 of their resort open later in 2012 rather than near-term growth.

 

 

Details:

 

We estimate that RWS will report net revenue of S$769MM and EBITDA of S$390MM.   RWS did S$375MM of EBITDA last quarter on S$789MM of revenues which included a large bad debt charge of S$38MM.  Without the abnormally high bad debt charge, 3Q EBITDA would have been S$408MM. However, 3Q also benefited from high hold of 3.17%.

  • Gaming revenue, net of commissions of S$626M
    • Gross VIP revenue of S$485MM and net revenue of S$254MM
      • We expect RC volume to increase sequentially to S$17BN, down 21% YoY due to more conservative credit extension and the proximity of Chinese New Year to Jan 1.  This likely reduced what could have been two VIP visits to versus just one last year.  Last year, RC volumes increased 39% from 3Q to 4Q.
      • Hold of 2.85%
      • Rebate of 1.25%
    • Gross Mass table of S$297MM and S$239MM net of gaming points - Gaming points equaled 4% of drop or S$58MM
    • $152MM of slot and EGT win
      • The incremental slots/EGT expansion was installed the second week of January vs. by Christmas as originally scheduled
  • Non-gaming revenue of S$144MM
    • Hotel room revenue of S$35MM
      • There should be a sequential pick up in occupancy due to the holidays
    • S$23MM of F&B and other revenue
    • USS revenue of S$86MM
      • Transformers opened on December 3rd
      • The quarter also benefited from school holidays
  • Gaming taxes of S$89MM
  • Implied fixed costs of S$181 – similar to last quarter

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