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Melco Resorts’ Philippines partner proposes City of Dreams Manila expansion

Philippines real estate investor Belle Corporation has submitted a proposal to its partner, Melco Resorts (Philippines), to expand City of Dreams Manila onto one hectare of vacant lands it holds adjacent to the Entertainment City precinct property.

Belle Corp President Manuel Gana revealed his company’s request while talking with local media on Tuesday, stating that City of Dreams Manila was now running near full capacity and needed to build more room inventory in order to grow.

According to the Philippines Inquirer, the vacant land would be used primarily for non-gaming facilities including at least one new hotel.

“The ball is in Melco’s court. They have a lot of things on their plate,” Gana said, adding that Belle Corp would be willing to develop the land alone should Melco decline the opportunity.

Belle would be “free to do something else,” he said. “We can build our own hotel and capitalize on City of Dreams clientele but we prefer Melco to get involved so it can be consolidated into City of Dreams.”

Gana also expressed an interest in acquiring some of PAGCOR’s casinos via the gaming regulator’s sell-off, pointing to locations in Davao and Laoag as particularly attractive.

Belle Corp announce this week a 10% growth in net income in the three months to 31 March 2018 to Php857 million (US$16.3 million), including an 8% year-on-year increase in income from its revenue share deal with Melco Resorts to Php474 million.


Premium Leisure Corp in talks to become Melco Resorts (Philippines) shareholder

Melco Resorts & Entertainment has revealed that it is contemplating the sale of shares in its Philippines subsidiary, Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation, to local partner Premium Leisure Corp (PLC).

In a Friday announcement, the company said it has held “preliminary discussions” with PLC in relation to a “potential transaction whereby PLC or its affiliated entities may become equity holders of the corporation.”

Melco stressed that there was no guarantee the transaction would take place given that the discussions are only preliminary.

PLC currently has an operating agreement with a subsidiary of Melco Resorts (Philippines) that entitles it to the greater of either 50% of EBITDA or 15% of mass gaming win plus 5% of VIP win derived from City of Dreams Manila.

PLC’s parent company Belle Corp, which owns the land upon which City of Dreams Manila sits, also derives rental fees from Melco for use of the land.

Belle Corp recently submitted a proposal to Melco Resorts (Philippines) to expand City of Dreams Manila onto one hectare of vacant land it holds adjacent to the Entertainment City precinct property.


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Melco revenues end flat in Q2

THE OPERATOR of integrated resort and casino City of Dreams Manila reported flat revenue growth for the second quarter of 2018, weighed down by higher commissions and a change in accounting practices.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Wednesday, Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corp. (MRP) said net revenues at City of Dreams Manila reached $173.9 million for the three months ending June, 1.3% lower than the $176.2 million it generated in the same period a year ago.

“The decrease was mainly due to higher commissions reported as a reduction in revenue upon the adoption of a new revenue recognition standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, partially offset by improved gross gaming revenues,” the company said.

Without a change in accounting standards, MRP said revenues would have increased by around 8% year-on-year to $191 million.

The integrated resort and casino recorded a 39% increase in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) for the quarter to $87.3 million, which the company attributed to the better performance of its gaming segments.

Rolling chip volume generated $3 billion for the period, slightly lower than the $3.2 billion seen in the same quarter a year ago. Rolling chip win rate increased to 3.7%, with an expected win rate range of 2.7% to 3%.

Revenues from mass market table games grew by 16% to $196.9 million, after hold percentage went up to 29.4%, against a hold rate of 28.5% in the same period a year ago.

Gaming machine handles reported a 13% increase to $855.9 million, with a win rate of 5.9% — steady from the same quarter a year ago.

Meanwhile, non-gaming revenue from the City of Dreams Manila climbed by 3.9% to $29.1 million for the April to June period. The entertainment complex observed a 98% occupancy rate from its hotel rooms, improving from the 95% average occupancy rate in the same period a year ago.

The City of Dreams Manila is one of the integrated resort and casino complexes inside the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s Entertainment City in Parañaque City. It stands alongside Bloomberry Resorts Corp.’s Solaire Resort & Casino and Universal Entertainment Corp.’s Okada Manila.

The earnings report was part of the unaudited financial results for the second quarter of MRP’s controlling shareholder, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, which was submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.


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