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Now Sands China, the Macau casino operator owned by US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has just released good numbers: The company saw a 52 per cent increase in fourth-quarter net profit as it benefited from an increase in visitors to its newest property in the territory. Continue reading »
As Bloomberry Resorts‘ new $700m Solaire Resort and Casino nears completion, Manila Bay will finally showcase its potential within the regional gaming arena. Reflecting the heightened enthusiasm around the project launch as well as continued interest in gaming in east Asia, Bloomberry’s shares have risen over 30 per cent in just the past five months. Continue reading »
MGM China, a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the daughter of casino mogul Stanley Ho, got a 7 per cent boost in its shares after announcing that it had received approval to build a second resort in Macau. Continue reading »
That’s the question investors were asking as they sold down Macau gaming shares on Tuesday, following new reports that a handful of junket operators had been arrested for suspected money laundering. Continue reading »
Galaxy Entertainment Group, which runs one of Macau’s biggest and brashest casino resorts, saw strong demand for its stock when UK private equity firm Permira decided to sell off another big chunk of its holdings on Tuesday.
One big US investor, Waddell & Reed, accounted for the lion’s share of the 7 per cent stake, according to market sources, although the Kansas-based mutual fund company is thought to have bought less than 5 per cent, which means it will not have to declare its stake. Continue reading »
Environmentalists and nature lovers in Asia, look away now.
Looking at Sheldon Adelson’s projects in Macau’s Cotai Strip, you get the sense that the chairman of Sands China is not in the “green” camp. All the plants in his new, greenhouse-themed Cotai Central resort are plastic, and he just announced a plan to turn an area designated a “tropical garden” on planning maps into a massive shopping mall. Continue reading »
Governments across Asia have been keen to replicate the success of Macau, the region’s casino hub, where billions have been made from wealthy Chinese gamblers.
Taiwan residents in Matsu, a tiny island that is much closer to mainland China than its parent, have said Yes to gambling. Developers are keen to get started. But given Taiwan’s complicated (to say the least) relationship with mainland China, what are the odds of the plan working? Continue reading »
The four big casino complexes rising along the scenic Manila Bay in the Philippines haven’t opened their doors yet, four years after the government awarded the exclusive licenses as part of the country’s ambitious plan to cash in on Asia’s gambling and tourism boom.
But that has not stopped Enrique Razon Jr, the 52-year old chief executive of the country’s biggest port operator, from almost doubling his net worth in just a matter of months after a public offering of shares in his Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, a holder of one of the lucrative, limited-edition permits. Continue reading »
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