An easy hold comparison aided March but Mass strength is the key takeaway

On an hold adjusted basis for both periods, March GGR would’ve grown 21% YoY versus the 25% actual.  VIP hold was close to normal this year but last year's was below.  For the 5th straight month, Mass growth outpaced VIP, a good signal for profits.  March was the easiest hold comparison of the year so the next few months should be more indicative of the real pace of growth. 

Y-o-Y Table Revenue Observations

Total table revenue grew 25% YoY this month, on top of 48% growth last March.  Hold comparisons were again very easy. Mass revenue grew 41% while VIP revenue grew 21%.  Junket RC increased 15%.


Table revenues grew 34% YoY, outpacing the market due to a strong performance from Four Seasons.  For the 5th consecutive month, LVS had the silver prize for VIP growth, after Galaxy. 

  • Sands was up 16% YoY with a very low hold comparison of 2.2%
    • Mass and VIP both grew around 15%
    • Assuming $300MM/month of direct play or 12% (in-line with the monthly absolute average in 4Q11), hold was 2.95% vs. 2.20% last March, assuming 10% direct play or $282MM/month
    • Junket RC was down 15%, the 3rd consecutive double-digit decline
  • Venetian table revenues increased 21% YoY, driven by easy hold comps and good growth in Mass
    • Mass increased 49%, VIP increased 21%, while junket VIP RC increased 1%
    • Assuming 27% direct play in the quarter (below the 28% we saw in 4Q11 but higher than 2011), hold was 2.52% compared to 2.19% in March 2011, assuming 19% direct play (in-line with 1Q11)
  • Four Seasons skyrocketed 129% YoY, driven by huge Junket RC growth and high hold
    • Junket VIP RC and VIP revenues were both up triple digits. Mass grew 14%.
    • Four Seasons is clearly seeing a benefit from LVS’s recent initiatives.  If we assume that monthly direct play volume of $690MM/month in-line with 4Q11, that implies a direct play percentage of 18% for March and a hold rate of 3.04%.  In comparison, if March 2011 direct play was around 50% (54% in 4Q10 and 40% in 1Q11) then hold was 2.55%.


Wynn table revenues increased 11%, continuing its sub-market growth for 8 consecutive months.  While Wynn’s hold was low, last year’s comparison was also easy. 

  • Mass was up 7%, slowest growth since March 2010, and VIP increased 11%
  • Junket RC grew 20%
  • Assuming 11% of total VIP play was direct (in-line with 4Q11), we estimate that hold was 2.31% compared to 2.48% last year (assuming 10% direct play – in-line with 1Q11)


MPEL grew 27%, propelled by a big rise in Mass table growth of 84%, only behind Galaxy's. VIP revenues gained 11%.

  • Altira revenues gained 11% due to a 36% gain in Mass
    • VIP revenues rose 9%
    • VIP RC fell 15% - marking the 4th consecutive month of declines
    • We estimate that hold was 3.3%, compared to 2.6% in the prior year
  • CoD table revenue was up 36%, driven by 93% growth in Mass and 19% growth in VIP
    • Junket VIP RC fell 18%
    • Assuming a 16% direct play level, hold was 3.0% in March compared to 2.1% last year (assuming 13.7% direct play levels in-line with 1Q11)


Table revenues fell 2%, the 1st decline since July 2009, due to a 7% drop in VIP revs

  • Mass rose 11%
  • Junket RC was down 5%, the 2nd consecutive month of declines. Hold was 2.66%, compared with 2.73% last March.


For the 10th month in a row, Galaxy posted table revenues growth north of 100% - at 121%. Mass soared 291%, while VIP grew 100%.

  • StarWorld table revenues grew 16%
    • Mass grew 54% and VIP revenue grew 14%
    • Junket RC grew 17%
    • Hold was high at 3.0% but in-line with last March's hold
  • Galaxy Macau's total table revenues hit $314MM and higher than the 6-month run rate of $279MM
    • Mass table revs hit a new monthly high of $77MM
    • VIP table revenue increased 18% MoM to $237MM
    • Hold was 3.0% 
    • RC volume of $7.9BN was 8% higher than February's and compares to a peak of $8.3BN in October


Table revenues grew 14% 

  • Mass revenue growth of 36% rebounded from February's low of 4% 
  • VIP revenue grew 8%
  • Junket RC grew 9%
  • Assuming a direct play level of 9% (comparable to 4Q), we estimate that hold was 2.93% this month vs. 2.97% in March 2011

Sequential Market Share



LVS lost 2% market share MoM to 16.5% in March from 18.5% in February.  This compares to a 6 month trailing market share of 16.2% and 2011 average share of 15.7%.

  • Sands' share gained 20bps to 4.4%.  For comparison purposes, March's share was below 2011's share of 4.6% but above 6M trailing average share of 4.1%.
    • VIP rev share decreased 10bps while Mass share gained 80 bps
    • RC share increased 70bps to 3.0% 
  • Venetian’s share dropped 0.3% to 7.7%, the lowest market share in 7 months.  2011 share was 8.4% and 6 month trailing share was 8.4%.
    • VIP share decreased 0.9% to 5.0%, lowest share since Aug 2011
    • Mass share improved 1.0% bps to 14.9%
    • Junket RC fell 60bps to 4.1%
  • Four Seasons dropped 2.1% in share to 4.1%, breaking a 6-month winning streak.  This compares to 2011 share of 2.2% and 6M trailing average share of 3.2%.  In March, FS's VIP rev and RC share were similar to Venetian's.
    • VIP share dropped 2.3% to 5.1%.
    • Mass share fell 90bps to 1.5%
    • Junket RC lost 170bps to 4.1%  


Wynn’s share fell 30bps to 12.3%, below its 6 month trailing average share of 12.8% and well below its 2011 average share of 14.1%.  We expect Wynn’s share to continue to struggle with the opening of Sands Cotai Central in April.

  • Mass market share fell 30bps to 9.1%
  • VIP market share fell 10bps to 13.2%
  • Junket RC share jumped 1.9% to 15.3%


MPEL's share was basically unchanged MoM in March to 14.2%.  This is in-line with its 6 month trailing share and below its 2011 share of 14.8%.

  • Altira share improved 50bps to 4.6%.  The property’s 2011 share was 5.3% and 6M trailing share was 4.4%.
    • Mass share ticked up 20bps to 1.6% while VIP share increased 80bps
    • VIP RC dropped 50 bps to 5.0%
  • CoD’s share dropped 0.4% to 9.4%.  Its 2011 share was 9.3% and 6M trailing share was 9.5%.
    • Mass market share was unchanged at 11%
    • VIP share decreased 60bps to 8.8%
    • Junket RC was down 20bps to 7.5%


SJM lost 130bps of share to 26.6%, below its 6-month trailing average of 27.3% and 2011 average of 29.2%

  • Mass market share tumbled 4.3% to 32.3%, a new all-time low
  • VIP share fell 60bps to 25.3%
  • Junket RC share gained 0.6% to 28.4%


Galaxy was the biggest share gainer in March, gaining 380bps to 20.3% and above its 6-month trailing average of 19.2%

  • Galaxy Macau share 180% to 10.5%, matching its previous high in Oct 2011
    • Mass share gained 2.4% to 9.6%, a new monthly high
    • VIP increased 1.6% to 10.8%
    • RC share ticked increased 40bps to 10.4% 
  • Starworld share grew 2.2% to 8.9%, a little below its TTM average share of 9.1% before Galaxy Macau opened.
    • Mass share was flat MoM
    • VIP share grew 320bps to 11.1%
    • VIP RC grew 0.2% to 11.0%


MGM share fell 30bps to 10.0%.  March share sits below MGM’s 2011 and 6-month trailing average share of 10.5%.

  • Mass share ticked up 120 bps to 8.0%
  • VIP share fell 80bps at 10.3%
  • Junket RC fell 50bps to 9.6%

Slot Revenue

Slot revenue reached $138MM in March, with 16% YoY growth

  • As expected, GALAXY slot revenues grew the most with 315% YoY to $15MM
  • MGM slot revenues had the second best growth at 21% YoY to $23MM, a new monthly record
  • MPEL slot revenues grew 13% YoY to $25MM
  • SJM slot revenues grew 1% YoY to $19MM
  • LVS slot revenues grew 14% YoY to $34MM
  • Wynn continued to be the laggard, falling 11% YoY to $21MM