Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

MGM China Sees Macau Casino VIP Business Pick Up

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- MGM China Holdings Ltd., the Macau casino venture between a daughter of gambling mogul Stanley Ho and MGM Resorts International, said business from VIP gamblers has picked up after the Lunar New Year holiday.

Business from VIP, or high-stakes gamblers, has seen a “strong comeback” after the festival that ended on Feb. 17, Bill Hornbuckle, chief marketing officer of MGM Resorts, told reporters in Macau yesterday.

High-rollers from China’s mainland curbed spending amid a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy last year and analysts including those at HSBC Global Research said some VIPs stayed away to avoid crowds during the holiday. The VIP business accounts for about two thirds of casino revenue in Macau.

MGM China yesterday said it hasn’t seen any sign of a Chinese crackdown on the junket operators who offer credit and bring VIP gamblers to Macau.

“There’s never any real, concrete indication or direction from the government,” said Pansy Ho, chairman of MGM China and daughter of Stanley Ho. “Although the growth rate of VIP business may slow, I’m not aware of any crackdown.”

MGM China rose 1.4 percent to HK$18.74 at the close of Hong Kong trading. The benchmark Hang Seng Index climbed 2 percent.

MGM China yesterday broke ground on its first resort on Cotai, the piece of reclaimed land in Macau that is Asia’s equivalent of the Las Vegas strip. The company joins rivals including Sands China Ltd. and Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. in expanding in the world’s largest gambling hub.

MGM’s Cotai resort will cost $2.6 billion to construct, will include 1,600 hotel rooms, as many as 500 gaming tables and 2,500 slot machines. It is scheduled to open by mid-2016.

Pansy Ho said she has no plan to cut her 27 percent stake in MGM China.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vinicy Chan in Hong Kong at vchan91@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephanie Wong at swong139@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.