MACAU: DECEMBER DETAIL BETTER THAN HEADLINE

Adjusting hold to normal for both periods, December GGR would’ve grown a whopping 26% (off of a tough 20% compare) rather than the nominal 18% growth disclosed last week.  Of course, Mass led the way with 35% growth vs “only” 12% VIP revenue growth.  However, Rolling Chip volume actually grew over 23%.  The better than advertised December gives us more comfort in our January projection of 22-28% YoY growth.

Here are some Market and Operator takeaways from December:

Macau Market

  • Estimated VIP hold (adjusted for Direct VIP) was only 2.85% versus normal of 3.00% and 3.14% last year
  • The December comp of +20% was the most difficult since April
  • Even slot revenue participated, up 10% 

LVS

  • December was an outstanding month for the best positioned operator
  • LVS came within 60bps of share of overtaking SJM as top dog, driven in part to low hold
  • VIP hold (adjusted for Direct VIP) was higher at 3.3% vs 3.2% last year and normal of 2.8%
  • Mass share was slightly above trend but Rolling Chip share was well below trend due in part to the House playing lucky
  • GGR grew 31% YoY, 2nd only to Wynn
  • Mass growth of 57% led the market

WYNN

  • WYNN is a growth story again! As we’ve discussed, Wynn Macau has made a more aggressive marketing/promotional push the last few months.
  • YoY growth led the market for the first time in years, despite lower than normal VIP hold
  • Mass growth of 30% was the property’s 2nd highest in 2 years
  • Encouragingly, Wynn’s Rolling Chip growth led the market
  • Mass and Rolling Chip share came in above recent trend

MPEL

  • Share climbed above trend in December due to high hold – 50bps and 40bps above last year and normal, respectively
  • Mass share was higher than trend while Rolling Chip continues to trend lower – possible losing share to LVS and Wynn
  • GGR grew 25% YoY
  • RC was up only 2%
  • We think MPEL could be a market share loser in 2014

MGM

  • Hold fell well below last year but was close to normal
  • Mass revenue actually declined YoY – 1st time in 4 years -  no doubt as a result of Wynn’s aggressive Mass push
  • VIP volumes remain strong

GALAXY

  • Mass growth of “only” 28% was the lowest in 4 years
  • Rolling Chip volume growth remained strong
  • Market share was the 2nd lowest of 2013, due in part to low VIP hold 

SJM

  • VIP hold fell below last year's and normal, resulting in below trend market share
  • GGR grew only 8%, 2nd slowest behind MGM
  • On a YoY basis, SJM grew Mass 26% - the highest growth rate in nearly 2 years

MACAU: DECEMBER DETAIL BETTER THAN HEADLINE  - macau