Gaming revenue of South Korean casino operator Paradise Co. Ltd. remained robust in the first six months of the year, growing 23.7 percent despite a minor financial slip in April.
In a filing to the Korean Stock Exchange, Paradise announced that its casino revenue from January to June 30, 2018 reached KRW296.31 billion (US$264.67 million) this year, significantly higher than the KRW241.7 billion ($210.3 million) posted in the prior-year period.
Paradise’s table revenue from January to June 2018 was KRW275.41 billion ($246.62 million), 23.7 percent higher year-on-year. Machine game sales were up 23.7% to KRW20.9 billion ($18.7 million).
The results were collated from Paradise’s four foreigners-only casinos: Walkerhill in Seoul; Jeju Grand on Jeju Island; Busan Casino in the southern port city of Busan; and Paradise City in Incheon, near the main international airport serving Seoul.
Paradise’s biggest revenue upswing came in March 2018, growing by as almost 34 percent to KRW52.19 billion (US$49.5 million). But the stellar March performance was followed by a 0.7 percent revenue slip in April.
Paradise did not (again) explain why its casinos have done so well in the first half of 2018. It was also unclear whether the positive results would translate to an improved net profit for the company.
In the first quarter of 2018, Paradise’s net income dropped to KRW3.10 billion (US$2.88 million) from KRW5.01 billion ($4.68 million) in the same period last year, despite robust casino revenues. It was the fifth consecutive quarter that the casino operator’s net income had dropped since the first quarter of 2017.