VIP segment

Genting Singapore a likely winner this gaming earnings season, says UOB

SINGAPORE (Jan 28): UOB Kay Hian is maintaining “overweight” on gaming with a “buy” call on Genting Singapore (GENS) at a $1.38 target price, or 10 times 2019 EV/EBITDA, on the notion that the integrated resort (IR) operator’s share price could gain momentum on its bidding for Japan’s IR concessions.  

This comes as the research house expects GENS’s operational performance to outperform that of Marina Bay Sands (MBS), whose VIP and mass market gaming volume continued to deteriorate y-o-y over 4Q18.

Singapore's 2019 gaming industry to suffer spillover effects of VIP weakness: Fitch

SINGAPORE (Nov 27): Fitch Ratings has identified Singapore to be among the markets vulnerable to weakness from China's VIP gamblers, resulting in a flat VIP segment next year.

This is considering how Singapore’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) declined 3% on-year in 1H18 after growing 14% in 2017, with the recent weakness largely driven by the slowing VIP segment across Southeast Asia and facing higher competition from expansions in the Philippines as well as other newer markets.

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