Genting Singapore is expected to post a loss for this year as the recovery is taking longer than expected, according to analysts at Maybank Kim Eng.
The firm now sees the operator reporting a loss of SG214.6 million compared with its earlier forecasts for a profit of $49.4 million. Maybank has also cut its profit forecast for next year by 43 percent, though has raised its 2022 estimate upwards by 2 percent.
The firm downgraded its rating on the company’s stock to “hold” saying it believes the shares may have peaked for now.
Resorts World Sentosa reopened on July 1st, but with borders closed, the property is relying on local visitors and expat residents.
Maybank said the resort’s Indonesian visitors are unlikely to return any time soon as the pandemic is worsening there, but says there is a chance that Malaysians will return in the near future in large numbers as the situation is under control there.
At present, the firm estimates that VIP volumes at RWS are running at one eighth of their pre-pandemic level and mass market at a quarter.
This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
SJM Holdings has appointed Toh Hup Hock as chief financial officer, replacing Robert Earle McBain who is retiring. Toh joined SJM in October, prior to which he was CFO of Shangri-La-Asia and Sands China.
Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing
what 2020 may have had in store.
While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.