(Adds details, Boyd and Ameristar results)
By Lisa Baertlein
LOS ANGELES Aug 1 Las Vegas Sands Corp.
(LVS.N) said on Wednesday its second-quarter net earnings fell
as higher revenue from operations in Las Vegas and Macau,
China's gambling haven, was offset by higher costs.
The company, which said it is on track to open its Venetian
Macau complex in late August, said net income fell to $34.4
million, or 10 cents per share, from $109.3 million, or 31
cents per share, a year earlier.
Expenses have risen sharply ahead of property openings in
Macau, Singapore and the United States. Pre-opening expenses,
in particular, jumped to $40.3 million in the quarter versus
$4.4 million a year ago.
Excluding special items, the company earned 23 cents per
share, compared with the average Wall Street forecast of 25
cents per share, as compiled by Reuters Estimates.
Net revenue rose to $612.9 million from $517.0 million a
year earlier as revenue from Las Vegas casinos including the
Venetian grew by nearly 20 percent to $85.4 million and Macau
casino revenue rose nearly 22 percent to $373.5 million.
Revenues from hotels, restaurants and retail also were
Executives said their short-term focus is getting the
Venetian Macau up and running in the former Portuguese enclave,
which is turning to the famed Las Vegas Strip for inspiration
as it develops casinos, condominiums, high-end hotels, shopping
malls and entertainment venues in an area called the Cotai
"We are now approaching a signal moment in the history of
both our company and Macao," William Weidner, the company's
president and chief operating officer said in a statement.
Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Robert LaFleur said
Sands' second-quarter results were strong and that investors
now are looking to see whether Venetian Macau, the mega-resort
that will anchor the Cotai Strip, will ring up the profits they
"It's going to move the needle pretty rapidly. The question
is, 'Will it be as strong is everyone anticipates?'," LaFleur
Sands shares fell nearly 2 percent, or $1.57, to close at
$85.68 on the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the release of
the results. So far this year, the shares are down a little
over 4 percent, compared with a decline of just over 9 percent
for Standard & Poor's Casinos Gambling index. .GSPCCGL
Elsewhere, Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD.N), which operates
casinos in Las Vegas, the U.S. Gulf Coast and Northeast said
its quarterly earnings were hurt by tough competition and
issued a weak profit forecast.
Ameristar Casinos Inc. ASCA.O, which operates mainly in
the U.S. Midwest, said its second-quarter profit fell due to
higher costs and cut its full-year earnings forecast,
anticipating slower than previously expected growth rates in
most of its markets.
At the market close on Wednesday, shares of Boyd were down
more than 6 percent so far this year, while Ameristar's stock
was up a little over 4 percent.