Galaxy Entertainment Group Announces 2013 Q2 and Interim Results RECORD HALF YEAR GROUP ADJUSTED EBITDA OF $5.8 BILLION, UP 23% YEAR-ON-YEAR NET PROFIT ATTRIBUTABLE TO SHAREHOLDERS GREW 35% TO $4.6 BILLION FURTHER STRENGTHENED LIQUID BALANCE SHEET WITH 35% REDUCTION IN BORROWINGS PHASE 2 OF GALAXY MACAU™ ON SCHEDULE AND ON BUDGET TO COMPLETE AS THE NEXT MAJOR PROJECT IN MACAU BY MID-2015 PR Newswire HONG KONG, Aug. 20, 2013 HONG KONG, Aug. 20,2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited ("GEG" or "the Group") (HKEx stock code: 27) today reported unaudited results for the three and six month periods ended 30 June 2013. All figures are in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. HIGHLIGHTS GEG: Record half year revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and NPAS oHalf year revenue increased 9% year-on-year to $30.8 billion oHalf year Adjusted EBITDA of $5.8 billion, up 23% year-on-year oSecond quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $3.02 billion, a year-on-year increase of 18% oNet profit attributable to shareholders increased by 35% year-on-year to $4.6 billion GEG: Recognition and strategic acquisition oIncluded as a constituent of the benchmark Hang Seng Index effective from 17 June 2013 oCompleted strategic $3.25 billion acquisition of the Grand Waldo Complex on 17 July 2013 Galaxy Macau™: Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA grew for the 8^th consecutive quarter oHalf year revenue climbed 13% to $18.1 billion and Adjusted EBITDA rose 40% to $4 billion oSecond quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 billion increased 34% year-on-year oAchieved the latest twelve months (LTM) Return on Investment (ROI*) of 45% oConstruction of Phase 2 is on budget and on schedule to complete by mid-2015 oPlans for phases 3 & 4 are well advanced; construction targeted to commence by the end of 2013 / early 2014 StarWorld Macau: Improving momentum with second best quarter of Adjusted EBITDA oHalf year revenue increased 2% year-on-year to $11.6 billion oHalf year Adjusted EBITDA of $1.7 billion (H1 2012: $1.8 billion) oSecond quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $885 million, the second best quarter oAchieved LTM ROI* of 92% Balance Sheet: Remains healthy with significant reduction in leverage oCash on hand at 30 June 2013 of $18.1 billion, up from $15.6 billion at 31 December 2012 oSubsequently prepaid $3.5 billion of debt in early Q3 2013, which reduced borrowings by approximately 35% from $10.3 billion as of 30 June 2013 to $6.8 billion oGearing ratio remains at zero at 30 June 2013 * ROI calculated based on the total Adjusted EBITDA for the latest twelve months divided by gross book value through 30 June 2013 including allocated land cost. Dr. Lui Che-woo, Chairman of GEG said: "We are very pleased to report improving financial results across the business and that Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™ remains on schedule. The Group also expanded its existing Cotai landbank with the strategic purchase of the Grand Waldo Complex. We also strengthened our balance sheet by prepaying a significant portion of our bank borrowings. I am particularly delighted that the half year culminated in the Group being included as a constituent of the Hang Seng Index. Looking into the future, Macau's prospects for the remainder of 2013 and beyond continue to be bright. We believe that our development pipeline for Phases 2, 3 and 4 plus the Grand Waldo Complex on Cotai position us well for continued growth." Market Overview The Macau gaming market experienced another robust period of growth as total gaming revenue increased by 15% year-on-year to $166.5 billion. Revenue in the second quarter grew by 16% year-on-year to an all-time record $83.7 billion. Visitor arrivals in the first six months were 14.1 million, an increase of 4% on the first half of 2012. Visitation from Mainland China grew at a faster rate of 10%, with Mainland Chinese now accounting for 63% of total visitor numbers. The evolution in the market toward the mass segment continued in the first half of the year, with higher margin mass revenue growing 30% year-on-year to $47.1 billion. The Group expects the ongoing major improvements in infrastructure and transport links over the coming years such as the expansion of the Zhuhai Gongbei border gate and the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal, the construction of Macau's Light Rail and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, to dramatically improve access and boost visitation. The VIP segment, which accounts for 68% of the total gaming revenue, registered year-on-year growth of 10% to $112.5 billion, with over three consecutive quarters of sequential growth indicating an improving trend. Group Financial Results The Group delivered a good performance in the first half of the year, generating revenue of $30.8 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $5.8 billion, an increase of 9% and 23% respectively year-on-year. As of 30 June 2013, LTM Group Adjusted EBITDA increased by 26% to $10.9 billion. Galaxy Macau™'s 40% growth in Adjusted EBITDA was the key contributing factor to the uplift in Group earnings. All parts of the business delivered year-on-year revenue growth for the half year. Of the gaming segments, mass once again recorded the fastest rate of growth as Galaxy Macau™'s mass net win improved from $3.3 billion in H1 2012 to $4.8 billion in H1 2013, an increase of 45%. StarWorld Macau also achieved excellent growth, with net win rising 50% from $1.1 billion in H1 2012 to $1.7 billion in H1 2013. The VIP performance at both properties was solid. As of 30 June 2013, cash on hand increased to $18.1 billion from $15.6 billion at 31 December 2012, including restricted cash of $2.2 billion. Subsequent to period end, we reduced our borrowings by almost 35% by prepaying $3.5 billion of bank debt where total debt declined from approximately $10.3 billion to $6.8 billion on a pro forma basis. Galaxy Macau™ In the first half of this year management focused on refining all elements of Galaxy Macau™'s product offer with a view to yielding the floor space more efficiently. Galaxy Macau™'s status as the Group's growth engine was again exemplified by it recording revenue of $18.1 billion, an increase of 13% against the same period last year. Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA surged 34% to $2.1 billion, representing the 8^th consecutive quarter of growth for the property. Galaxy Macau™'s performance continues to improve with LTM ROI of 45%. Adjusted EBITDA margin under HK GAAP rose from 18% in H1 2012 to 22% in H1 2013, and from 26% to 31% under US GAAP. VIP Gaming Performance Total VIP rolling chip volume for the period was $346 billion. This translated to revenue of $11.9 billion (H1 2012: $11.4 billion). Volumes in Q2 increased by 6% over Q1 2013. VIP Gaming HK$'m Q2 2012 Q2 2013 YoY% 1H 2012 1H 2013 YoY% Turnover 186,442 178,196 -4% 357,835 346,210 -3% Net Win 6,287 5,965 -5% 11,407 11,875 4% Win % 3.4% 3.3% n/a 3.2% 3.4% n/a Mass Gaming Performance Revenue in the mass market segment was $4.8 billion, up 45% on H1 2012. Second quarter revenue increased by 48% year-on-year to $2.5 billion, and was up 12% sequentially. These excellent growth rates are especially impressive in light of additional new capacity in Cotai. Mass Gaming HK$'m Q2 2012 Q2 2013 YoY% 1H 2012 1H 2013 YoY% Table Drop 6,041 6,845 13% 11,912 13,539 14% Net Win 1,717 2,538 48% 3,310 4,799 45% Hold % 28.4% 37.1% n/a 27.8% 35.4% n/a Electronic Gaming Performance Electronic gaming revenue rose 30% year-on-year to $742 million. Second quarter revenue increased 41% year-on-year and 7% quarter-on-quarter. Electronic Gaming HK$'m Q2 2012 Q2 2013 YoY% 1H 2012 1H 2013 YoY% Slots Handle 4,385 7,781 77% 8,731 13,968 60% Net Win 271 383 41% 569 742 30% Hold % 6.2% 4.9% n/a 6.5% 5.3% n/a Non-Gaming Performance Customers continued to utilise the property's wide range of retail, dining and accommodation options. Year-on-year revenue increased by 4% to $720 million. Hotel occupancy rate at the resort's three five star hotels remained very high averaging 97% in the first six months of 2013. Cotai Development Update Construction of the 450,000 square metre Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™ remains on budget and on schedule where we expect to complete as the next major project in Macau by mid-2015. Planning for Phases 3 & 4 is almost finalised and construction targeted to commence by the end of 2013 / early 2014. The project will double the footprint of the first two phases and is targeted to complete in stages between 2016-2018. Phases 3 & 4 will consist of a 10,000 seat arena for world class entertainment and sporting events, a 50,000 square metre convention centre for up to 5,000 guests and an additional 5,500 luxury hotel rooms and suites. GEG expects it to prove instrumental in securing a significant share of new visitors for the Group and Macau. Strategic Acquisition of the Grand Waldo Complex On 5 May 2013, GEG announced the $3.25 billion acquisition of the Grand Waldo Complex. Located adjacent to Galaxy Macau™ and the Group's Cotai landbank, the Grand Waldo Complex is strategically important to GEG for continuing its development pipeline. The transaction subsequently completed in Q3 2013. StarWorld Macau StarWorld Macau's half year revenue was $11.6 billion, up 2% year-on-year, and Adjusted EBITDA was in line with the same period last year at $1.7 billion. The improving momentum of the business displayed in the first quarter of this year carried through into the second quarter as mass continued to outperform the wider market and VIP strengthened. StarWorld Macau continues to generate a LTM ROI in excess of 90% with 92%. Adjusted EBITDA margin under HK GAAP was 15% in H1 2013 (H1 2012: 16%), and 25% under US GAAP (H1 2012: 26%). VIP Gaming Performance StarWorld Macau reported VIP rolling chip volume of $311 billion in the first six months of 2013 (H1 2012: $339 billion), which translated into revenue of $9.6 billion. Positive signs of increased demand in the VIP market were evidenced by volumes and win in both Q1 and Q2 of this year returning to their highest levels since Q2 2012. Initiatives to re-energise the offer to ensure the property delivers the very best quality VIP products and services in an aspirational environment are ongoing. VIP Gaming HK$'m Q2 2012 Q2 2013 YoY% 1H 2012 1H 2013 YoY% Turnover 162,971 161,913 -1% 339,088 311,353 -8% Net Win 5,115 4,807 -6% 9,869 9,612 -3% Win % 3.1% 2.9% n/a 2.9% 3.1% n/a Mass Gaming Performance Mass gaming in the first half of the year grew by 50% year-on-year to $1.7 billion on volume of $5.3 billion. Mass Gaming HK$'m Q2 2012 Q2 2013 YoY% 1H 2012 1H 2013 YoY% Table Drop 2,374 2,663 12% 4,766 5,327 12% Net Win 545 856 57% 1,109 1,658 50% Hold % 22.5% 32.2% n/a 22.9% 30.9% n/a Electronic Gaming Performance StarWorld Macau's electronic gaming generated revenue of $112 million in the first half of 2013, broadly in line with the same period last year. Electronic Gaming HK$'m Q2 2012 Q2 2013 YoY% 1H 2012 1H 2013 YoY% Slots Handle 835 777 -7% 1,762 1,675 -5% Net Win 60 48 -20% 122 112 -8% Hold % 7.2% 6.1% n/a 6.9% 6.7% n/a Non-Gaming Performance Non-gaming revenue in the period was $181 million. StarWorld Macau remains one of Macau's premier luxury hotels with hotel room occupancy at near capacity throughout the period at 99%. City Clubs During the first half of 2013, City Clubs generated $94 million of Adjusted EBITDA, an increase of 15% year-on-year. The Grand Waldo casino operations were subsequently suspended for renovation as part of GEG's acquisition of the Grand Waldo Complex. Construction Materials Division Construction Materials Division continues to deliver a solid performance in the first half of 2013. Revenue for the period grew 8% year-on-year to $1,013 million. First half Adjusted EBITDA was $191 million, a decrease of $37 million or 16% on H1 2012. The decrease in earnings was due primarily to the softening selling price for cement and ground granulated blast-furnace slag in some provinces in Mainland China. Outlook GEG has achieved a number of milestones in 2013, including record half year net profit attributable to shareholders and record quarterly Group Adjusted EBITDA exceeding $3 billion driven by strong performances at Galaxy Macau™ and StarWorld Macau. In parallel to this, considerable progress has been made in our future development including the construction of Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™, continued preparation of Cotai Phases 3 & 4 and the strategic acquisition of the Grand Waldo Complex. We are especially proud that GEG has been recognised by our inclusion as a constituent to the Hang Seng Index. Further, the balance sheet improved with the prepayment of bank debt and remains very liquid. Looking ahead, the prospects for Macau and GEG for the rest of 2013 and beyond are encouraging. GEG fully expects the shift in the market to mass to continue, driven by major infrastructure and transport improvement, and VIP to remain robust. Equipped with a clear roadmap for growth that includes optimising our operational performance, and further out, developing our unparalleled landbank in Cotai, GEG is confident that it can substantially build its customer base and generate further value for both its stakeholders and shareholders. About Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited (HKEx stock code: 27) Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited ("GEG") is one of Asia's leading gaming and entertainment corporations, and is a member of the Hang Seng Index. GEG develops and operates hotels, gaming and integrated resort facilities in Macau, the only legal gaming location in China and the largest gaming entertainment market in the world. The two flagship properties of GEG include Galaxy Macau™, a world class integrated destination resort opened in May 2011 at Cotai, and StarWorld Hotel and Casino, an award-winning property opened in 2006 on the Macau peninsula. In April 2012, GEG announced the development of Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 that will nearly double the size of the existing resort to one million square metres. Upon its targeted completion by mid-2015, Galaxy Macau™ Phase 2 will bring to Macau some of the most exciting entertainment, leisure, retail and MICE facilities. In December 2012, GEG outlined its concept plans for Phases 3 & 4 of its Cotai landbank and expects to commence construction by the end of 2013 / early 2014 with a targeted phased opening between 2016 and 2018. Additionally, GEG operates City Club Casinos in Macau and a Construction Materials Division. For more information, please visit www.galaxyentertainment.com. For Media Enquiries: Galaxy Entertainment Group Mr. Peter J. 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Galaxy Entertainment Group Announces 2013 Q2 and Interim Results
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