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Mass up huge, low hold on VIP

Here are some observations for August.  We will follow up with a more detailed analysis.


  • GGR increased 18% YoY
  • Market hold (including direct play) was actually a little low:  2.89% vs trailing 24-mth avg of 2.98%
  • August GGR growth hold-adjusted in both periods:  +23.1%
  • Mass revenue grew a whopping 44%, the highest rate since January 2012
  • Lower hold drove VIP revenue growth of only 8% but junket volume increased 16% 


  • VIP hold was in-line with last year and near normal
  • GGR and Mass YoY growth of 41% and 72%, respectively, led the market
  • VIP and slot revenue growth also led the market
  • Market share of 22.3% almost met July’s big jump to 22.5% - increase from June was all volume driven


  • Hold was meaningfully higher than normal but below last August
  • Mass revenue grew only 3% but Junket volume growth was strong at +16%
  • Market share jumped sequentially due to VIP volume and high hold
  • Mass share fell to 6.3%, tying its lowest ever


  • MPEL held high on VIP and well above last year's
  • GGR and Mass growth of 30% and 69%, respectively - trailed only LVS in the market
  • VIP revenue growth was also the 2nd highest due to high hold
  • Junket volume only grew 2% and remains a concern for us – Junket share fell nearly to a 6 year low
  • Meanwhile, Mass share hit an all-time high at 14.1%


  • Hold was normal but well below August 2012's
  • Still, GGR grew 17%, in-line with the market
  • Mass growth trailed the market but Junket volume led the market


  • Held well below last year which caused a drop of 1% in GGR
  • Mass grew exactly in-line with market but VIP revenue fell 13%
  • Junket volume growth of only 11% also trailed the market
  • GGR market share fell to its lowest level in 9 months
  • Mass revenue share also fell below trend


  • Hold was below normal and last August's
  • Mass revenue growth of 24% was SJM’s highest in a year and a half but still trailed the market
  • GGR market share fell to its 2nd lowest level ever at 23.9%