Imperial Pacific

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd (“Imperial Pacific”) is a company listed on the Main Board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx stock code: 1076).Committed to delivering world-class entertainment experiences, the Group focuses on developing and operating integrated resorts and leisure facilities. Building on a culture of innovation and the international expertise of our industry-leading management team, Imperial Pacific is pioneering cutting-edge concepts in entertainment and tourism – appealing to elite travellers with sophisticated, discerning tastes. The Group is currently developing a deluxe integrated resort on the Island of Saipan. Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a Commonwealth of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean. Geographically, it is the nearest US territory to China. Recognized for its disciplined business approach and robust financial background, the Group won the initial 25-year exclusive integrated Casino Resort Development License on Island of Saipan in August 2014. Under the License, Imperial Pacific has committed to invest a minimum of US$ 7.1 billion in developing hotels, casinos, dining and entertainment facilities on the island.

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    IPI sees net profit rise 8.9 pct in 17H1

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    IPI announces amended casino license agreement

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    Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel to open on Thursday

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    IPI to open within two weeks

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    IPI appoints new security contractor

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    IPI completes issuance of convertible bonds

    Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings on Tuesday says it has completed the issuance of convertible bonds in the principal amount of HK$50 million (US$6.4 million). Earlier this month, the operator said it was looking to raise funds to  “finance the development of Phase I of the Saipan Project and as general working capital […]

    Imperial Pacific to raise $5.9 mln via bond offering

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    Imperial Pacific casino gets green light — with conditions

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    CCC defers decision on IPI opening to next week

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    IPI on the verge of opening casino

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    Imperial Pacific VIP turnover drops 48.1 pct in April

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    Moody’s sees high risk of default at Imperial Pacific

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    FBI makes arrest in relation to Saipan office raid

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    IPI denies FBI raid on Saipan offices

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    Imperial Pacific casino still set for March 31 opening

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    Imperial Pacific-linked firm arranged trips for legislators: Bloomberg

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    Imperial Pacific seeks extension to complete casino project

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    Imperial Pacific VIP rolling slumps 14.5 percent in Feb

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    IPI casino soft opening at end-March

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    Fitch not yet rating IPI unsecured notes

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    Saipan temporary casino collects $5.6 billion in Jan

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    IPI praises CNMI-US consultations

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    Imperial Pacific earns Fitch downgrade

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    Imperial Pacific Resort to open 17Q1

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    Imperial Pacific 2016 VIP turnover totals US$32.4 billion

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    Imperial Pacific shelves bond offering

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    Labor secretary pushes for federal warrant to inspect casino site

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    Imperial Pacific posts US$1.7 billion VIP revenue in November

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    Moody’s mulls potential Imperial Pacific CFR downgrade

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    CCC praises Imperial Pacific’s employment initiatives

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    Best Sunshine is compliant of AML laws: CCC

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    Imperial Pacific denies report of U.S. regulatory probe

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd has denied it is being investigated by U.S. regulatory authorities regarding the large volumes of cash going through the casino. On Monday, an article from Bloomberg alleged the Saipan casino had earned the suspicion of the  U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network because of its significant financial flows. However, a […]

    Junket operators look abroad: Tony Tong

    Anti-corruption policies and the ban on proxy betting has forced local junkets to expand into other gaming markets, says junket expert Tony Tong. Mr. Tong, an advisor of AGB and vice chairman of Macau Gaming Information Association (MGIA) made the comments in an interview with Calvin Ayre. Tong said the most successful junket operators have […]

    Imperial Pacific posts $3.8 billion in VIP rolling

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    VIP marketing crackdown a risk to APAC casinos

    The arrests of Crown Resorts staff in China underscores the risk associated with global casino operators’ Chinese VIP business, said Fitch Ratings in a note on Wednesday. “The detainment is a sign to Fitch that high roller gambling by the Chinese nationals outside of China remains top of mind for Chinese authorities,” said the ratings […]

    Imperial Pacific reports best monthly VIP roll to date

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    No limit to junket operators in Saipan: Regulator

    The Commonwealth Casino Commission says there will be no-limit on the number of junket operators allowed to do business in Saipan once the Imperial Pacific Resort and Hotel opens next year. “No number [limit] for the junket operators. The live training facility that currently operates only has five VIP rooms, but when the Grand Mariana […]

    Imperial Pacific to abide by license agreement

    Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International says it will continue to abide by the conditions of its license agreement in regards to imported labor, local media reports.  In a statement to local media, the company said: “[IPI] would continue to follow and meet what is required based on the exclusive casino license agreement. Currently the […]

    Regulator asks IPI to double check local employee numbers

    The Commonwealth Casino Commission has asked Imperial Pacific if it still meets the required number of local hires amid recent resignations or terminations of local employees. Earlier this week, the Saipan casino operator said it will continue to abide by the conditions of its license agreement in regards to imported labor. In a statement to […]

    Saipan issues provisional license to Korean junket

    Saipan’s gaming regulator has issued a provisional license to Korea-based junket operator, Big Bang Entertainment, local media reports. The provisional license was issued by the Commonwealth Casino Commission on August 11, 2016 to Du Young Jang who owns Big Bang Entertainment LLC, and will expire on August 31, 2017. Deleon Guerrero, executive director of the […]

    Imperial Pacific to issue bond for Saipan casino

    Imperial Pacific is set to offer a high-yield bond to investors in order to fund the construction of the Imperial Pacific Resort and Hotel on Saipan. The pricing of the notes, including the aggregate principal amount, the offer price and the interest rate have yet to be determined, said the company in a filing to […]

    Imperial Pacific assigned B(EXP) rating: Fitch

    Fitch Ratings says it expects to assign Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd a Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of ‘B(EXP)’ with a stable outlook. According to the ratings agency, the rating reflects the operator’s short operating history in Saipan, driven mostly by the volatile high-rolling VIP segment. The ratings are also “supported by a […]

    Imperial Pacific issues $150 million worth of shares

    Casino developer and operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings has announced it has conditionally agreed to allot and issue a total of 1 billion shares to Ally High Limited at a subscription price of HK$0.15 per share. Valued at HK$150 million ($19.3 million), the subscription shares represent approximately 0.71 percent of both existing issued share capital […]

    Imperial Pacific seeks more worker visas

    Casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings is asking the US government to ease the visa cap for overseas workers in order to support its future casino. Mark Brown, chief executive of Imperial Pacific in an interview with EJ Insight, said the cap of 12,999 workers for the transitional commonwealth-only worker-1 (or CW-1) program was reached […]

    Imperial Pacific posts $1.6 billion in VIP turnover in August

    VIP rolling chip turnover at Imperial Pacific’s temporary casino, Best Sunshine reached $1.6 billion in August, according to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Friday. Last month, the Saipan casino announced record growth in both revenue and profit for the six months to end-June, but said further growth is likely to be […]

    Junkets headed for further consolidation: Union Gaming

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    Imperial Pacific posts record interim results

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited, the operator of Saipan’s only casino, announced record growth in both revenue and profit for the six months to end-June, though further growth is likely to be capped until its new casino and hotel opens next year.  Total revenue reached HK$3.98 billion ($513 million), with revenue from VIP gaming operations […]

    Imperial Pacific on the hunt for staff

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    Imperial Pacific steps closer to securing land lease

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    Imperial Pacific rakes in $1.7 billion in June

    Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd has announced its temporary casino Best Sunshine’s VIP table games rolling chip turnover in June was US$1.7 billion. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the operator also said it will announce its unaudited VIP table games rolling for the previous month on the second […]

    Saipan casino’s May VIP roll hits $2.52 billion

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    Imperial Pacific executive director increases stake

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd. has announced its executive director Yuki Yu Xia has increased her shareholding in the company. According to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Ms Xia acquired 25 million shares of the company in the open market at the price of HK$0.15 per share for a total consideration of […]

    Imperial Pacific says Saipan casino at saturation point

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific said its temporary casino on the island of Saipan has reached saturation point after pulling in a total VIP table games roll of $6.1 billion in the first quarter. The intake averaged about $2 billion a month. That was up about 30 percent from the average in the first two months […]

    Imperial Pacific meets with ratings agencies on Saipan

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific reportedly met with officials from ratings agencies Fitch Group, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s last week, local media reports. The agencies also met with regulators in private to discuss financial matters, the report in the Saipan Tribune said. The agencies aim to rate Imperial Pacific’s credit worthiness as the casino company […]

    Imperial Pacific hires high-profile advisors

    HK-listed Imperial Pacific announced it has formed an advisory committee to provide “sound strategic and tactical advice” including business strategy and government relations. The advisory committee members, all of which have considerable experience in governmental and regulatory policies will strengthen the company’s corporate governance, said the firm in its filing to the Hong Kong Stock […]

    Imperial Pacific 16Q1 VIP business hits $6.1 billion

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings has reported its Saipan casino business raked in US$6.1 billion in VIP table game rolling chip turnover for the first quarter of 2016. The “temporary casino” on Saipan, operating through its local unit Best Sunshine, says its VIP business saw a 30 percent increase in its monthly average at […]

    Imperial Pacific to increase VIP rebate rates

     HK-listed Imperial Pacific, owner of Best Sunshine on Saipan, has been given approval to increase the rebate rates for VIPs, local media reports. The Saipan Casino investor said it made the request to the Commonwealth Casino Commission in order to better compete with the incentives currently offered by Macau, Hong Kong and the Philippines. The […]

    Imperial Pacific sells units to focus on Saipan resort

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings said it’s selling its non-gaming related subsidiaries in order to focus on its integrated resort business in Saipan. The company said it agreed to sell its entire issued share capital in Supreme Wit and its subsidiary, Highest Rich, for HK$2 million (US$257,900). The two companies are reported to have […]

    Best Sunshine eyes Garapan Annex property

    Imperial-Pacific owned Best Sunshine, which has been developing a $7.1 billion casino-resort in the Northern Marianas, has been eyeing the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.’s idle piece of property in the heart of the busy Garapan business district, a local source reports. Best Sunshine representatives have inquired about the property in Garapan on at least two […]

    Imperial Pacific records net loss of HK$84.4 million in 2015

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd posted a net loss of HK$84.4 million (US$10.9 million) for the full year 2015, compared to a loss of HK$1.6 billion in 2014. According to the casino investor, total revenue for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015 was HK$931.9 million, compared to HK$558.3 from the previous year. Revenue […]

    Imperial Pacific’s Saipan VIP business brings in $2.3 billion in Jan

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings has announced its temporary casino on Saipan has generated VIP rolling of US$2.3 billion in January, according to a recent filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The operator of the Best Sunshine temporary casino said the number had not yet been audited, but added it would in future, […]

    Best Sunshine is financially able, says CNMI casino commission

    Imperial Pacific, operator of Best Sunshine International, has been deemed financially able to complete construction of its $500 million Grand Mariana Casino Project in Garapan, according to local media sourced from the Commonwealth Casino Commission. The commission reportedly met with Best Sunshine executives to access its ability to complete the $500 million project on Jan. […]

    Imperial Pacific VIP business in Saipan brings in $1.44 b in Dec.

    Hong-Kong-listed Imperial Pacific, which opened a temporary casino in July 2015, has announced that its VIP tables brought in $1.44 billion in December, 2015. The Saipan casino brought in $1.63 billion in VIP revenue in November, which was its first full month of operations. The temporary casino / training facility is part of a $7 […]

    Imperial Pacific’s Saipan VIP business rakes in $1.6b in Nov.

    Imperial Pacific, which opened a temporary casino on the island of Saipan in July, announced that its VIP business brought in $1.63 billion in its first full month of operations. The company said in a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it will announce its VIP roll from the previous month on the […]

    Imperial Pacific to join MSCI China Index

    Hong Kong-based investment company Imperial Pacific International announced that it will be a constituent of the MSCI China Index with effect from the close of November 30.  The MSCI China Indexes consist of a range of country, composite and non-domestic indexes for the Chinese market, intended for both international and domestic investors. The company is […]

    Imperial Pacific’s temporary Saipan casino to open in November

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings announced that its ‘temporary casino’ on Saipan will officially open on November 27. “In addition, the temporary casino expects to commence collaboration with junket operators from December 2015 onwards,” the operator said. “The grand opening of the temporary casino supports the group’s continuous evolution of Saipan into a diversified and world-leading […]

    Imperial Pacific ends loan agreement with Heng Sheng

    Imperial Pacific International said that through a subsidiary has terminated a loan and profit transfer agreement with Macau casino junket Heng Sheng Group. Excel Earth Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, ended the agreement because “the downturn of Macau gaming business is expected to continue.” “The Junket shall forthwith return the unsecured, interest-free […]

    Best Sunshine details plans for luxury Saipan resort

    Best Sunshine International has detailed plans for its luxury resort on Saipan, saying rooms will be about three times the size of those currently available on the South Pacific island. Local media cited senior vice president Tao Xing as saying at a press conference that the property will be the “most luxurious” integrated resort in […]

    Imperial Pacific buys land for $3.2 million

    Imperial Pacific International, which is planning to build a $7.1 billion integrated resort on Saipan, last month signed an agreement to purchase 11 hectares of land from a private landowner in Tanapag Village for $3.2 million. The agreement is for a 55-year lease on three plots of land measuring, 12,000 sq.m, 30,000 sq.m. and 63,001 […]

    Imperial Pacific reports net loss of $21.8 million in 15H1

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings, a casino license holder on the island of Saipan, reported a net loss of HK$168.8 million ($21.8 million) in 15H1, compared with a loss of HK$19.6 in the prior corresponding period. Revenue for the six months ended June 30 fell 52.9 percent year-on-year to HK$138.2 million as administrative costs rose 400 […]

    Imperial Pacific launches temporary casino

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings announced that it held a soft opening of a temporary casino in the Pacific island of Saipan on Sunday. “The Board is pleased to announce that the Licensee has launched a soft opening of the Temporary Casino on 26 July 2015,” the company said in a filing. The company said in […]

    Imperial Pacific gets green light to proceed with city casino

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific said it has been given the green light to proceed with the construction of a new town hotel, the Grand Mariana Casino and Hotel Resort, as part of a $7 billion in planned investments in Saipan. The company said it had received a “notice to proceed” from the the Division of […]

    Imperial Pacific to issue bonus shares

    Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings announced that it will issue 127.7 billion bonus shares on July 3. On June 17, shareholders approved the issue on the basis of 15 bonus shares for every one existing share held by qualifying shareholders, the company said in a filing. “As at the Record Date, the number of […]

    Saipan business leaders call for “right size” casinos

    Alexander Sablan, head of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, said the organization has officially asked the government to play a more active role in ensuring a planned casino development for the island is the correct size. Speaking at a Guam Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, Sablan expressed concern that a resort that was too […]

    Imperial Pacific to launch temporary casino in 15Q3

    Imperial Pacific International Holdings said in a filing that it would launch and operate a “temporary casino” in the Pacific island of Saipan in the third quarter of 2015. Relating to previous announcements in which the company said it would spend as much as $7 billion on a casino resort on island, the first phase […]

    Pacific power deal sparks little interest

    A deal to power a Pacific island casino project between Imperial Pacific International and a Hong Kong-listed energy company has failed to get investors excited. Shares in Hanergy Thin Film Power Group which have been up fivefold in the past 12 months traded flat on Tuesday after the announcement of a proposed joint venture to […]

    Best Sunshine $25m training center gets green light

    The Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Lottery has approved Imperial Pacific International Holdings’ live training center concept, under which the $7.1 billion casino developer will train about 500 casino workers while waiting for its casino-hotels to be constructed. The training center will be located at the ground floor of DFS T Galleria—from whom Imperial Pacific’s  Best […]

    China casino investors attend CNMI governor inauguration

    The inauguration of Northern Marianas Governor Eloy Songao Inos was attended by four Chinese investor groups intending to build over $10 billion in casino-hotel investments. Best Sunshine International, a unit of Imperial Pacific, Alter City Group, Mega Stars Overseas Limited and Saipan Jinghua officials were present at Monday’s inauguration ceremonies held at the parking lot […]

    Imperial Pacific says profit stream from Macau investment falls short

    Imperial Pacific said its share of profit from a Macau junket venture has fallen short of the agreed amount and the vendor will pay the shortfall. In a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said the actual profit stream received from its investment in the Hengsheng Group was HK$10.73 million ($1.38 million). […]

    Visa crisis looms over IPI construction

    Imperial Pacific International is facing further disruption at its unfinished Saipan property after new visa regulations further dried up the labor pool available to complete the long-delayed project.

    Imperial Pacific unveils casino, but delays persist

    Imperial Pacific’s highly anticipated multi-billion dollar resort on the island of Saipan is planning to hold an opening on March 31, though it's unclear if anything will actually open. While soft openings are common, with Okada Manila for example starting limited casino operations in December ahead of a full unveiling, also on Friday, in this case, construction delays and labor issues continue to plague the site.

    Saipan casino eyes 17Q1 debut despite finance delays

    Imperial Pacific Holdings says its resort on the Pacific Island of Saipan will open in the first quarter of this year, despite concern over funding problems for the proposed $7 billion project. The operator, which is currently working out of a temporary facility on the island, had initially planned a Chinese New Year opening, but in a recent stock exchange filing changed the wording about its planned debut to say the Imperial Pacific Resort will hold a soft opening in Q1.

    Just the start ‐‐ the little casino that can

     When Hong Kong‐listed Imperial Pacific said it would double its planned investment on Saipan, a tiny Pacific territory that forms part of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, it’s fair to say eyebrows in the industry were raised.

    For Saipan business leaders size does matter

    When Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific announced it was doubling the size of its planned casino development on the South Pacific island of Saipan to $7 billion some analysts began scratching their heads.Local business leaders argue that the new complex, with plans for 4,000 hotel rooms, 1,600 gaming tables and 3,500 slot machines, is too large for the island to support. Saipan lacks the necessary infrastructure, transport links and manpower for such large-scale projects, prompting questions as to what is the right size. 
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