Genting Singapore Q1 net profit hits 2.5-year high on Jeju resort share sale

Genting Singapore Q1 net profit hits 2.5-year high on Jeju resort share sale

Casino operator Genting Singapore Plc. swings to a 17-fold net profit increase in the first three months of 2017 after unloading its stake in a resort in Jeju, South Korea and implementing cost savings.

Genting Singapore Q1 net profit hits 2.5-year high on Jeju resort share saleIn a disclosure to the Singapore stock exchange on Friday, Genting Singapore announced that its net profit jumped to SGD181.1 million (US$129 million) from just SGD10.8 million ($7.7 million) in the same period a year earlier.

Genting Singapore, which operates Singapore casino complex Resorts World Sentosa and is a subsidiary of Malaysian conglomerate Genting Bhd, attributed its first quarter net profit to the sale of its 50 per cent interest in the Jeju integrated resort on Jan 3.

The sale generated a total return of SGD96.3 million ($68.69 million).

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization rose 47.1 percent to SGD283.2 million ($202 million). The firm said the growth in adjusted EBITDA was supported by an “improvement in operating margins arising from cost efficiency initiatives and substantially lower impairment in receivables.”

Genting Singapore’s first quarter revenue, however, slipped 3.5 percent to SGD586.6 million ($418.40 million), as gaming and non-gaming turnover fell year on year. The firm’s cost of sales also dropped 25.4 year-on-year to SGD325.7 million ($232.31 million) while its operating profit surged 218.5 percent to SGD261.5 million ($186.52 million).

The casino operator reported impairment on trade receivables – which includes bad credit extended to VIP players – of approximately SGD15.0 million in the quarter, compared to SGD92.4 million year earlier.

Despite posting lower revenue, Genting Singapore remains optimistic on Singapore’s casino market, saying that it will remain focused on growing the premium mass market.

“All our efforts in the gaming and non-gaming segments have shown encouraging response from our targeted market segments, and we are optimistic in delivering sustainable earnings growth,” the company said.

Genting Singapore also announced in a separate filing that it eyeing to redeem in the autumn an aggregate of SGD2.3 billion ($1.64 billion) of perpetual equity.

Genting Singapore said it is “allocating resources in tandem with the progress of the Japan IR Execution Bill, which will pave the way for the formal bidding process of the Japan gaming licenses.”