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Comments from both analysts and operators continue to reflect longer-term optimism, but agree there remains little near-term visibility. “February was very weak especially given Chinese New Year and a lot of analysts are revisiting their forecasts,” said Alex Bumazhny, an analyst at Fitch Ratings, which this week predicted a 4 percent decline for 2015 GGR. “The market is banking on a slow down in premium mass and on the whole it’s not looking so good for 2015.” It’s also unclear as to whether the regional operators which saw a sharp uptick in Q4 VIP revenue as high rollers fled Macau, will continue to benefit as China pledges no let up in its anti corruption drive. JP Morgan in a recent report cut its earnings and share price target estimates by 25 percent and said it now expects an 18 percent decline in 2015 GGR, while Deutsche Bank issued perhaps the most bearish forecast so far, predicting a 30 percent drop and slapping a sell rating on the Macau five operators apart from SJM Holdings, which was already rated sell. JP Morgan said it doesn’t expect a pick up in share valuations until April, pointing also to a series of regulatory overhangs in the market. Deutsche Bank says the GGR decline may extend into 2016. The Macau government will conduct an interim review of the gaming sector this spring and may provide more clarity on new table allocations to casinos. It is also likely to discuss the issue of inbound mainland visitors with Beijing and whether their movements will be further restricted. The government last year clamped down on transit visas to third country destinations and has said it may review the Individual Visa Scheme. “We believe the market would not give the benefit of the doubt, until such regulatory issues are proven to pass without any significant surprises,” the bank said. Citi is more upbeat, saying it believes the market may be at a turning point, but still sees no signs of recovery in the VIP sector. The firm recently cut its forecasts for 2015 market GGR to negative 16 percent, from its prior estimate for a drop of 4 percent. The Q1 results will follow on from a set of financial statements for Q4 that, while gloomy, were largely in line with expectations. “The results were more or less consistent with what we expected,” Fitch’s Bumazhny said. “Wynn lost some market share and that appears to have continued in Q1 which is a concern.” Wynn Macau, which currently has just one highly VIP focused property, posted the biggest drop in quarterly revenue so far. 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Sterne Agee’s David Bain wrote in a recent report that his buy recommendation on the stock remains intact and that investors have given little credit for its renovations and still less “to a top tier junket operator occupying one of its rooms that currently does not do business at its facility.” Bain and analysts at Citi also pointed to the fact that the opening of its new Wynn Cotai will be transformational for the company. Citi said the new property is likely to be the “premier” resort on Cotai, although the company indicated in its Q4 earnings call that the opening may be delayed. MGM China’s Q4 was also weaker than most had expected. Revenue fell 22 percent to $719 million, while adjusted EBITDA dropped 22 percent to $185 million. Like Wynn, MGM also cut Macau VIP tables in the quarter to 195 from 235. VIP table games revenue dropped 39 percent, while mass floor revenue jumped 19 percent, reflecting an increase in main floor games up to 228 from 195. UBS analyst Robin Farley points out the mass performance in the quarter was “impressive,” above the firm’s 18 percent growth forecast and the market consensus for a drop of 16 percent. The group said it remains on schedule for the planned opening of MGM COTAI in 2016. The expected total development cost is approximately HK$23 billion, excluding land costs and capitalized interest. It also announced plans to spend $100 million on revamping the main floor at its existing MGM Macau. Sands China as expected benefited from its bias towards the mass market and its higher capacity than other operators. Total net revenue declined 16.2 percent in the quarter to $2.12 billion, while adjusted property EBITDA decreased 14.7 percent to $713.2 million. Mass revenue was down 9 percent, while premium mass was down 17.5 percent. VIP volume was down 42 percent. “In Macau, we like its peer-high weighting to mass gaming (higher visibility and margins than VIP), peer-high hotel room capacity amidst strong visitation growth and gaming position lead in Cotai,” Sterne Agee’s Bain said. The company noted on its earnings call that there is room for improvement to its Q4 margin of 34 percent going forward, as the drop in the mass market was so rapid towards the end of the year that it had not had time to adjust expenses. However, analysts also noted that the company is no longer giving a specific time frame for the opening of its Parisian Macau resort, saying that the target remains “sometime in 2016.” UBS’ Farley says that the U.S. casino giant will need the Macau government to approve more labor to achieve that date. Melco Crown saw its Q4 revenue drop 20 percent, although again analysts are slightly more upbeat about the company’s prospects given the opening of its Studio City property later this year. The consensus view is still that added capacity will drive growth, although Deutsche Bank’s latest note even casts doubt on this theory. The opening of two new gaming venues this year isn’t expected to boost demand, and the market is underestimating pressure on casino operators’ profit margins, the German bank’s analysts noted this week. Melco’s adjusted property Ebitda was down 29 percent to $278.6 million. SJM’s annual gaming revenue dropped 8.8 percent to HK$79.3 billion, but CEO Ambrose So said it had been a challenging year, with a deterioration in the last half. So said that investors should not expect any sharp rebound in casino earnings in 2015, although is cautiously optimistic that revenue will stop falling in the second half of the year.     ****** MPE  

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