Las Vegas Sands Q1 results soar on Macau, S'pore boost

Fireworks dazzled at the Parisian, Las Vegas Sands' newest property in Macau, which debted in September 2016. The group saw overall casino revenue in Macau grow 22 per cent in the first quarter.
Fireworks dazzled at the Parisian, Las Vegas Sands' newest property in Macau, which debted in September 2016. The group saw overall casino revenue in Macau grow 22 per cent in the first quarter.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES • Casino and resort company Las Vegas Sands Corp said first-quarter sales and profit rose to new records in all its three markets, with results in Singapore soaring.

Sands reported net income shot up 179.1 per cent to US$1.62 billion (S$2.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2018, compared to US$579 million in the year-ago period, inclusive of a US$670 million non-cash income tax benefit. Revenue for the three months to March 31 grew 16.7 per cent to US$3.58 billion, exceeding projections of US$3.36 billion.

The group's total consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda) increased 30.7 per cent to US$1.50 billion versus analysts' consensus forecast of US$1.28 billion.

At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, ebitda jumped 48.6 per cent to US$541 million from US$364 million a year ago. Casino revenue swelled 32.5 per cent to US$652 million from US$492 million a year ago. Overall revenue was 26.4 per cent higher at US$872 million.

The world's largest casino company is also benefiting from a surge in betting in Macau, following the opening of several new resorts. Sands' newest property, the Parisian, debuted in September 2016.

Overall casino revenue in Macau grew 22 per cent in the first quarter.

In Macau, where Sands has multiple casinos, ebitda rose 26 per cent to US$789 million.

"The power of our unique convention-based integrated resort business model was once again on display during the quarter, with record quarterly financial results achieved in Macao, Singapore and Las Vegas," said Las Vegas Sands chairman and chief executive Sheldon Adelson.

"We also continued to invest in growth initiatives in each of our markets while returning excess capital to shareholders."

STERLING PERFORMANCE

The power of our unique convention-based integrated resort business model was once again on display during the quarter, with record quarterly financial results achieved in Macao, Singapore and Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS SANDS CHAIRMAN AND CEO SHELDON ADELSON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'Las Vegas Sands Q1 results soar on Macau, S'pore boost'. Print Edition | Subscribe