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Nov 22, 2017 04:56 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Quick Take: MGM China to Launch Second Resort in Macau

Photo: Visual China
Photo: Visual China

MGM China said its second casino-resort in Macau will open for business early next year, the latest sign that the island’s gambling and tourism industries are recovering.

The $3.4 billion, near 1,440-room resort, MGM Cotai, is slated to open on Jan. 29, Chief Financial Officer Wang Zhiqi said Monday. The opening was postponed from the end of this year after a typhoon in August swept through the island, Wang said.

The island’s casino industry has started to show signs of recovery from hits taken from China’s anti-corruption campaign and Macau’s sluggish economic growth.

“Today’s Macau is not what it used to be,” said Wang, referring to the local government’s efforts to diversify the city’s economy. He said nearly 90% of the MGM Cotai’s construction costs had nothing to do with the gambling business.

During the first half of 2017, MGM China reported HK$7.39 billion ($9.47 billion) in revenue, up 3.34% from the same period a year ago, according to the company’s earnings report. The group generated HK$1.27 billion in net profit, down 2.33% from the first six months of 2016. MGM China’s share of Macau’s casino market slipped 1.1 percentage points year-on-year to 7.2% in the first half of this year.

Contact reporter Dong Tongjian (tongjiandong@caixin.com)

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