Melco to change name to Melco Resorts

Melco Crown Entertainment plans to change its name to Melco Resorts and Entertainment following its decoupling from joint venture partner, Crown Resorts.

The change needs to be approved by shareholders at a meeting at the end of March, a company spokesperson said.

Melco International Development said in February it had acquired an additional US$1.1 billion worth of shares in Melco Crown to open up more opportunities in Asia and Macau. The share purchase of an additional 198 million ordinary shares brings the company to a 51.3 percent stake in MCE, compared to 37.9 percent before.

The holding by Australia’s Crown drops to 11.2 percent. Crown said in December it was divesting most of its stake in the Macau joint venture and that James Packer would be resigning his position on the board. The company also dropped plans for an investment in Las Vegas as part of a strategy to refocus its operations in Australia.

Melco posted a 13 percent gain in Q4 revenue as an improved performance at Studio City and City of Dreams Manila offset declines at its older properties. Revenue came in at $1.19 billion, up from $1.05 billion a year earlier, in line with consensus estimates.