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  • squeezetracker squeezetracker Feb 12, 2015 9:54 AM Flag

    Part 2

    7. Midterm Review Process: Lawrence explains why they are looking forward to the midterm review. Thinks MPEL will come through the review with "flying colors and at the top of the group based on MPEL's involvement to diversify Macau, develop its people, engage/db with and encourage growth of local establishments, comply with all applicable rules, laws and governmental directives.

    8. Best in Group EBITDA 9relative to footprint): Despite low holds and slightly lower mass hold (win rate) on table games vs PY, MPEL's COD ebitda was over 85% mass, and ignoring that some of Altira offline for repositioning and all of the noise/corruption crackdown, over 80% of overall ebitda was mass/direct credit play. That reamins best in the business on Macau.

    9. COD manila: Ho said this is going very well and he's really pleased to have the "exciting, transformational COD Manila" opened now and looking forward to sharing the early results on that on the next call.

    I'll share more later, but listen to the call before selling any shares at these ridiculously discounted levels.

  • Longs ought to listen to the replay if you missed the call just now, but this conference call handling was excellent with great updates on many important aspects of this company's future.

    1. Mkt share: Taking share across the board: mass, RC (VIP) and machines.

    2. Record Table drop and machines at record levels at COD Cotai.

    3. Altira: has had many VIP rooms offline during repositioning effort to focus on the biggest, quality junkets, but they will all be back operating as of next week. Sun City is ready to go there now, and another large operator (no announcement as of yet) will make it 3 of the 4 largest tour operators doing business at Altira now, with 2 all new salons. The naysayers can't figure it out, but those bringing legitimate (non-crooks) in on quality tours in compliance with all applicable rules/screening/funding sources are continuing to play in Macau, and MPEL is taking share these days.

    4. Studio City Tables -- Expect to get at least 400 tables, optimal is 500, but if less, "as licensee" (says Lawrence) they can still move tables from other locales, but the comments about MPEL shareholders first tells macau officials they need to be "fair and reasonable" to avoid crimping style for SC. In other words, MPEL will continue to focus its table allocations on its 100% owned properties if forced to allocate them within all of its properties. See #5 below.

    5. "Diversification and Other "Tickmakrks": Ho explains here why SC offers up more "tourism/family entertainment diversification than the rest of Macau COMBINED." Makes the clear case MPEL should do as well or better than any other company on getting tables for SC (not mentioned was Phase 2 in the balance).

    6. Macaunese People Development: Big tickmark here. Says LT retention plan was a smash hit vs ST bonuses and that MPEL is developing its employees and has excellent relations with them and the "happiest employees on Macau." Says not concerned about finding new staff for needs.

    cont

  • squeezetracker by squeezetracker Mar 23, 2015 6:58 AM Flag

    Last Friday the company made the announcement below, following which, under the HK listing rules, they will be able to resume repurchasing shares with the residual $200m or so left under the first $500m authorization they issued last year. No one should be surprised to see MPEL spend that $200m soon after the meeting is adjourned... because they are assuredly considering re-upping the program with an additional $500m or so authorization to be approved by shareholders of record as of April 2 for this year's annual general meeting to be held another several weeks from then.

    NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING
    APPROVING FINAL RESULTS
    This announcement is made pursuant to Rule 13.43 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities
    on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
    Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (the “Company”) announces that a meeting of the board
    of directors of the Company will be held on March 25, 2015 (Wednesday) for the purpose of,
    among other matters, considering and approving the audited final results of the Company and its
    subsidiaries for the year ended December 31, 2014.

  • February 16, 2015 8:13 am·
    hotelviewAccording to the information revealed by the head of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp, Cristino Naguiat, the local gambling sector is going to experience further development and become even more competitive on a global scale.

    What made the PAGCOR official so convinced of the revival of the Philippines’ gambling segment was the increased number of VIP players attracted by the junket operators.

    The chairman of PAGCOR expressed his hopes that the local gambling sector is likely to undergo “another double-digit growth”. Apart from the success achieved by junket operators another key factor for the rapid growth of the casino industry is the opening of the mega resort City of Dreams, managed by Melco Crown Resorts Corp.

    An important specification has to be taken into consideration, though. Despite the optimistic prognosis, the Philippines gambling industry is not as well-developed as the Singaporean one.

    However, it is developing with a tremendous speed, while the neighboring gambling hubs keep reporting problematic revenues and decline of players.

    In comparison, Macau-based casinos have been reporting decline over the last couple of months, while the Philippines reported an increase equal to 16% YOY.

    In addition, the VIP and the junket players visiting the Philippines-based casino venues increased by 50% in one year.

    Despite the fact that the Philippines casinos are thriving, while the majority of neighboring venues are declining, it does not mean that the venues are going to operate without being pressed by the competition. It is a well-known fact that the South Korean and Vietnamese gambling markets are fast developing as well.

    Yet, City of Dreams Manila is expected to make the region a well-attended and appealing to players in spite of the rivalry.

    The expectations for the next few years are the gaming revenues to go beyond US$4 bi

  • goog title for yesterday's L A Times article and photos of COD -- this thread was deleted too? great service this yhoo. LOL

    Article:
    If your idea of a "dream city" includes a massive gambling casino, a Nobu Hotel and nightclubs developed by Michael Ault, head to the Philippines.

    That's where you'll find City of Dreams, a casino-entertainment resort created by Melco Crown Entertainment in Manila that opened Tuesday. Fireworks, celebrities (Kelly Rowland and Ne-Yo walked the red carpet) and high rollers of the corporate kind welcomed guests to the new $1-billion site.

    NeYo
    Ne-Yo performs Tuesday at the opening of City of Dreams Manila. (Graham Uden / PR Newswire)
    The mega-casino's sleek glass towers surround a huge golden egg, called the Fortune Egg, which creators hope will become a city landmark.

    City of Dreams in Parañaque along Roxas Boulevard is part of a much bigger Entertainment City that's intended to go up against popular global gambling venues such as Macau, Singapore and Las Vegas. When completed, it will feature four casino complexes.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Philippines' gaming agency predicts gambling revenues of $10 billion a year by the end of the decade -- outpacing Las Vegas and Singapore.

    Back to City of Dreams. The egg will house two nightclubs, Pangaea (there are several, including one in Singapore) and Chaos.

    There's an entertainment bar with live performances on the casino floor, three hotels -- Crown Towers, Nobu Hotel and Hyatt City of Dreams Manila -- and dining options from Nobu as well as the Crystal Dragon, which specializes in Chinese dishes to woo top gamblers from China.

    Shopping runs to luxury brands such as Hugo Boss, Montblanc, Rolex and Roberto Cavalli. An interactive entertainment play space designed by DreamWorks will open later this year.

    Info: Dream City

  • Reply to

    A littlt perspective on the February Comp

    by squeezetracker Feb 9, 2015 1:34 PM
    squeezetracker squeezetracker Feb 9, 2015 1:50 PM Flag

    Two more points...

    Even dismissing the offline/refurb parts of the WYNN property down on the Penninsular (they have no Cotai property until the Palace opens mid 2016 they say now) ,those with a little bit of comprehension of the difference between WYNN.LVS and MPEL's business plans and execution last year certainly expected WYNN to fare poorly vs LVS given that the vast brunt of the GGR drop has been from the smaller junkets getting clobbered out of business or going where they have less scrutiny over their operations and clients, and the chilling effects the noise and corruption crackdowns on macau have had on VIP play there.

    On this note, MPEL's COD on Cotai is the only company that ran at 100% occupancy throughout 2014, with a 30-40% average turnaway rate. We also know they have continued to further de-emphasize VIP at COD, meaning that the VIP slowdown has crimped MPEL's overall revenue and, far more importantly, overall ebitda far less than WYNN and even LVS. Old news, but MPEL likely ran on the order of 90% of its ebitda from mass and adjusted (for smoking rooms) premium mass play (direct credit players).

    Looking forward to more color on COD manila come Thursday too... Ho has said a few things the analyst community is not yet taking note of, including that COD Manila is "already exceeding our expectations" and that he expects Manila overall to exceed the Philippine gaming regulator's forecast of GGR for 2016 and that COD Manila will add more than another 1/3+ to that baseline forecast. Do your own math on what that means to MPEL, but if Ho is correct, every analyst out there will be increasing their estimates for COD MPEL before long...

  • host deleted the original post without a link? goofy

    Goog title in quotes to see a great article from bloomberg discussing why MPEL's billionaire CEO and his co chairman Packer (another billionaire) are telling the world COD Manila is poised to be a whole lot more successful than the street is modeling so far -- for 2015, but particularly in 2016.

    In the article, Ho shares that he thinks MPEL "could get to profitable this year" (2015). That is big big news for MPEL. Those doing any kind of modeling should begin to figure out that means they see significantly more ebitda than any publishing analyst is modeling for Manila, as that means they see sufficient revenue coming to cover non-cash items, the big opex number and debt carry as well as gaming taxes and the partnership sharing. Ho also shares the brightening framework for what he thinks the property can do for 2016... great stuff.

    For longs, it should be fun to hear some details on this topic on the earnings call update next week .

    Also see the new articles from the LA Times and the Manila paper today. Great stuff about: "it's more fun here" [in Manila because taxes are significantly less than in Macau, says Lawrence.

  • Reply to

    BUYBACK WINDOW Starts this Week

    by squeezetracker Mar 23, 2015 6:58 AM
    squeezetracker squeezetracker Mar 24, 2015 6:13 PM Flag

    In December, following the 3rd Q results and without the need for BOD review/approval of audited annual results, MPEL repurchased some $300m of stock beginning at $26 all the way down to $21 and back up to $24+ before fading the program for the Q.

    Assuming a typical release for the March Q in the first week of May, based on MPEL's activity in the 4th Q it is likely no coincidence that they will have something like 10 calendar days to repurchase shares between tomorrow's scheduled "approval of audited final results" for the year ended 12/31/14 before the 30 day safe harbor blackout period begins in the runup to earnings in early May.

    Delightful to think the morons shorting are selling to the company which is controlled by two young billionaires (Packer and Ho) controlling 68%+ of the company...and on their way to more as the HK constriction of at least 25% public float is blown off.

  • squeezetracker squeezetracker Apr 1, 2015 8:55 AM Flag

    Goos,

    SunCity and two other large, quality junkets just opened their new VIP salons at Altira, but neither MPEL nor any of these junket players have suggested they are "moving over" to COD Manila; instead, they are adding new VIP rooms to the newly opened COD Manila. Check out the recent information shared by MPEL regarding room counts and tables in use so far... they exclude the 300 VIP suites there and it appears the VIP tables are not yet in operation, at least not in full scale.

    The comapny has told the street MPEL's new VIP facilities at COD manila will open 2Q, so that will indeed be a substantial bump boost for overall resort GR and overall activity. All of Packer and Ho's connectivity will soon be dialed in... and so will Sy's pals and all of his billionaire offsprings' friends from around the globe as their collective interests in and around Manila Bay will be under development for the next 10 years or so at least... including COD's expansion phase and all of the surrounding commercial, residential and military base come together.

  • il China.org.cn, March 6, 2015
    Adjust font size:
    A mainland administrator is defending the development of the gaming industry in Macao during China's ongoing annual legislative session.

    Photo courtesy of Joumal de Macau]
    Li Gang, director of the Liaison Office of the central government in Macao.[Photo courtesy Macao Evening]
    "Macao should not seek a diversified economy at the expense of the gaming industry," said Li Gang, director of the Liaison Office of the central government in Macao, while attending a group discussion at the third plenary session of the 12th National People's Congress on March 5 in Beijing.

    Macao is the only Chinese territory where gambling is allowed. The Macao Special Administrative Region generated more than US$450 billion in gambling revenue in 2013, about seven times the gambling revenue of Las Vegas.

    The city, however, has witnessed a sharp decline in its pillar industry since June 2014. The revenue of the gaming industry decreased by 2.6 percent throughout 2014, the first decline since the city liberalized the industry in 2002. According to Li, revenue growth in the industry decreased by 17.4 percent this January and by 48.6 percent in February relative to the same periods last year.

    The central government has encouraged the SAR to pursue "appropriately diversified and sustainable economic development," but Li said it may take 20 to 30 years or even longer for the city to build such an economy. There is no point in being overly worried by the transformation, he added.

    Li Gang attributed the decline in the gambling industry to the slowdown in China's economic growth, which has discouraged mainland business owners from frequenting the casinos, especially their VIP halls. New and tighter regulations on passports, bank cards and customs inspection have contributed to the decline. The shock to the city's opaque casino junket system caused and evid

  • squeezetracker squeezetracker Mar 7, 2015 6:30 PM Flag

    several additional quotes emphasizing the new Beijing sentiment toward macau here... the clarion bell is ringing in Beijing -- "suddenly" they get that sending Macau's GGR to other countries venues is a really dumb idea. Beijing and macau officials now need to take policy actions and change the rhetoric so that more than just the wealthy Chinese patrons that never stopped playing in Macau (some 75% of peak play from 2014) return to macau as the venue of choice. Fret not about COD manila though, as Ho says, the key play there will continue to be local Philippinos, but also high end Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean gamblers.

    Mainland administrator defends Macao's gaming industry (part 2)

    The central government [Beijing] has encouraged the SAR to pursue "appropriately diversified and sustainable economic development," but Li said "it may take 20 to 30 years or even longer for the city to build such an economy. There is no point in being overly worried by the transformation," he added.

    Li Gang attributed the decline in the gambling industry to the slowdown in China's economic growth, which has discouraged mainland business owners from frequenting the casinos, especially their VIP halls. New and tighter regulations on passports, bank cards and customs inspection have contributed to the decline. The shock to the city's opaque casino junket system caused and evidenced by the disappearance of a middle man named Huang Shan, who vanished along with a colossal US$13 billion last April, was also to blame.

    Li admitted that the sweeping anti-corruption campaign on the Chinese mainland had also contributed to the industry's sluggish performance, but he believed it was "not the major reason."

    Li nonetheless said that the slowdown's pressure on the gambling industry has provided the city with an opportunity to transform its economic structure and pursue diversified development In the future.

  • squeezetracker squeezetracker Mar 7, 2015 6:36 PM Flag

    p.s. someone ought to send this Chinese paper a correction email -- the amount in the third to last paragraph s/b $1.3B, NOT "a colossal $13B." And that fraudster guy who stole the money from the junket may never be found; Beijing's targets have a way of "mysteriously" disappearing, though China's security forces likely already recovered the money.

  • Galaxy released a full month earlier than usual last week to point out that while the current yoy comp is tough (as all have known for the last for 10 months), the linked Q slip is not a disaster. G rev down 32% vs market 39% and their mass was down only 16% -- boding well for "mass-oriented" MPEL and LVS given G's VIP focus). More significant is the reason they emphasized for coming a month early: they are fully focused on getting their new Galaxy 2 resort opened on May 27th [and wanted to publicly yell about Galaxy 3 and 4 and their Hengqin project as counters to the prevailing view that Galaxy 2 does little to add "diversification" other than the cool wave pool on the roof shades of LVS' MBS (Singapore).

    Given G has been in talks with govt officials a couple weeks over how many tables they will get (at inception) and the buzz has been that both Galaxy and LVS' Parisian will get light allocation (rumored at as low as 100 for those two properties) and, again, that G is coming later this year with Galaxy 3 and 4 plans (another $7B USD programmed as investment in Cotai) as well as their $1B+ Hengqin development, they may (should) fare much better than just 100 tables.

    If so, that will be a good precursor for Studio City getting their "fair and reasonable" share given the differential in "promoting tourism and diversification" they have coming at Studio City. As Ho has quipped, "Studio City is going to have more diversification and tourism attractions than the rest of Macau combined" -- and that is just wrt the initial phase.

    Macau needs to figure it out to be sure unless they want to trade many many thousands of jobs for a few more groundskeepers mowing lawns around a multitude of new art museums that operator will build instead of integrated resorts if companies do not get "fair and reasonable" table allocations right now.

    More on the table topic later when I have time.

  • From the forbes article:

    "Melco Crown Entertainment’s City of Dreams Manila expects to open the world’s first DreamPlay theme park, featuring DreamWorks characters and settings later this quarter“...

    Sands [LVS' Macau sub] is building a large theme park too, though the forbes article gives air to the view that Macau is and always will be, first and foremost, a gambling mecca as Leong Tac (Macau's brand new finance secretary) as said in so many words a few times. Whether politicians from Beijing like it or not, as commented here prior, Macau is never going to be a dancing elephant in a pink tutu. LOL

    "Planet J forecasts it will attract 3 million visitors during its first year of operation. We’ll see. While visitors such as CMRG’s Rein complain about the lack of family entertainment or more broadly about Macau’s lack of non-gaming attractions and Macau and mainland China officials talk about diversification, resort operators say they’ve learned the vast majority of visitors are interested in gambling and little else.

    The operators may be right, or it may be that be that they simply haven’t found the right non-gaming attractions yet... Planet J is a noble experiment at a time when Macau, with eight straight months of falling revenue in the books, could use some magic."

    We'll see is right, but good to see that LVS (with Circle J) is now piling on with MPEL (at both COD and Studio City) to give "diversification" a legit investment. If you missed the MPEL CC, give a listen -- as Lawrence said on it, Studio City is going to have more [legitimate] diversisfication/entertainment attractions than the rest of Macau properties combined... and that is on top of COD's HODW and the Dreamworks "Theme Park" noted above.

    The CC also covers rumors rumbling that the "first new resort on Cotai this year [i.e., Galaxy's huge new casino property] will get only a "light table allocation." Perhaps Galaxy needs to follow MPEL and LVS' lead with other "attractions" for patrons.

  • goog that title to read more about why Lui han was a big tiger... but his connectivity the biggest "tiger" as the real target of Xi Jinping, is telling. Former national Security Minister Zhou being the BIG BIG target of Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown. And for all the dip #$%$ media and analysts regurgitating their nonsense about Macau being the target of the "tigers and flies" corruption witch hunt and also the "foxhunt" running down billionaires the PRC is chasing around the world to get back the allegedly stolen money they "illicitly transferred" away from China, give a good hard read to the articles in the WSJ, FT, Guardian and The Economist on "execution of Lui Han" over the last two days. Some may appreciate, as we do, the fact that those real publications writing about the execution yesterday and the pursuit of Zhou and his lesser cronies has no mention at all of Macau or gambling per se being the issue that Beijing is hunting. Rather, the focus here is all about murder, conspiracy, subversion, other violent crimes and extortion/blackmail, and weapons charges as well as defrauding the PRC and stealing the people's wealth. Well, one of the articles does point out that Lui Han was infamous for flaunting his mink coats and exotic cars and fancy dining habits.

    Some of the long time readers here may enjoy that focus as much as we do... and the reality that Macau is being rendered a whistle clean place for tourists to visit grandeur, entertainment and luxurious relaxation, shopping, dining and recreation -- and MPEL is leading the charge on meaningful "diversification" with Studio City.

  • squeezetracker squeezetracker Feb 17, 2015 1:49 PM Flag

    part 2

    The optimistic forecast of Mr. Naguiat comes at a critical moment for the Asian gambling sector. Last month, the Chinese President announced that he is going to intensify the anti-corruption campaign, which is believed to be among the main reasons for the issues that have befallen the Asian gambling sector.

    However, the head of PAGCOR announced that the local gambling sector will continue developing regardless of the complicated situation in China because the Philippines’ gambling market does not rely solely on the Chinese players in order to generate a stable income.

    In conclusion, Mr Naguiat said that the more Chinese players come to the Philippines-based casinos, the better but the local gambling officials are hopeful that they will attract foreigners from all over Asia.

  • Reply to

    Tourist double prior to CNY

    by grftt Feb 15, 2015 9:09 PM
    squeezetracker squeezetracker Feb 16, 2015 7:39 AM Flag

    thanks Dave... and great comment from you here as usual. I have yet to comment on VIP... while the multialias Shirley Mason continues to wail bs such as "VIP is dead", VIP is gone and not coming back" here, the reality is that rules compliant VIP is going a lot better than some think at select properties on Macau, especially the "large, quality" operators MPEL is catering to in Altira, having redone several salons for Suncity and other to pten outfits that still control some 75% of peak play. Fun update by MPEL for those paying attention on that... and another new refurbished floor at Altira opening this week -- just in time for the CNY celebrations (as you know, the tours tend to avoid the front half of the CNY week).

    As discussed here prior, last year the CNY felll on the first weekend of February... the celebrations this year really do not begin until this weekend. VIP play has tended to wait until after the first part of the CNY week, so we will see how the 2H of February goes...

    Golden Week timing aside, and repeating myself now as said a few times since December, but better days ahead for Macau and the group, but especially for MPEL as it positions itself as the model citizen in terms of being responsive to what Beijing is asking for by way of diversifying its Studio City property and adding the new Dreamworks tourist attraction to COD in Cotai.

  • squeezetracker by squeezetracker Feb 18, 2015 7:30 AM Flag

    Our resident Shirley Mason here is quite the piece of work on all of his moronic incarnations:
    toast/drjackcar/janetate/darqnite/mytek/idiotpumper/tahoejack/fcaholley/fcanyc/fcaimbecile/matrixtrade and all of his other numb effer alaises.

    Shirleydrjackcar made it clear he sold out at $28, then bought at $26 (as darqnite) then, stock at $24, says will buy at $17, then, as JaneTate, says he's now short at $25 (JaneTate so "happy to finally be short") as, after being called out by puthimon on the IKGH board that drjackcar and several of his Shirley Names there) have hyped for over a year while that stock went from $8 to $1, (he stops sharing Bain's increasingly useless opinions as toast and jane (using precisely the same paragraphs to cut and paste as drjackcar on the lvsforum -- LOL), then fails to cover here at the $21 retest, then, last week prior to the CC posts 30 or more times about how one would have to be an idiot to stay long into the disatrous CC coming (same on his ill-fated WYNN shorting), and, funniest to date, based on bs premarket prints and the first 20k shares of open tape prints tries to dis me that he'll cover at $21 -- less than a minute before the stock jolted higher and continuing the 30% plus run from $21. And, "blieve it or not", he now expects readers here to believe he is long now, and suggests he will sell it out at $30 and go short.

    "Shirley Mason" really ought to stick to hyping IKGH on his various new aliases... notice the brinerbriner one there sounds just like "drjackoff" as "puthimon" a quality poster who called out Shirley's bs and many aliases over time and also called IKGH a great short over a year before it dropped 90%.

    So now today Shirley suggests Grant Govertson is an idiot young guy living in the midwest and knows nothing about China or Macau, when Grant actually lives in macau. LOL

    The little dufus and his endless stream of bs is more ridiculous than previously thought... "happy he is short" though. ROTF

  • Reply to

    Squeeze, nice add yesterday to your imaginary fund.

    by jane_tate Feb 24, 2015 11:34 AM
    squeezetracker squeezetracker Feb 24, 2015 4:05 PM Flag

    Shirley (drjackoff -- coinage courtesy "puthimon" here and on the IKGH board -- darqnite, dthe98,janetate, fcaimbecile,fcanyc, fcaholley and all "yous" other alaises),

    Why not make all of you posts on a new alias calling yourself "shirleymason"... that way guys like grftt,edjenkins, crnjms, and everyone you have intentionally misled or tried to dis like a little girl on AOL would know to say FY and put you on ignore.

    Now put all of your heads back up your %&@ and continue eating everything in sight.

  • squeezetracker by squeezetracker Feb 12, 2015 7:31 PM Flag

    When they initiated paying the dividends on the 30% gearing concept, i made the point that the $ amts would be small for a while because earnings are certainly not the focus near term while they continue building out the "transformational" new properties. I also pointed out that the reason they were hopped up to pay some cash out was that Packer (co chairman and through his Crown resorts controlled sub owns 34%+ of MPEL following the buyback) and his separate company were in sore need of cashflow because Crown resorts was not generating much and they had several new properties planned near term. Since then, one of the Aussie deals fell apart for them, so that relieved some of the pressure on Crown's funding. MPEL also began the program with a one time special dividend... no doubt sized to cover Crown's need. Thankfully MPEL had/has HUGE FCF unless they need have Japan come about near term.

    Another point I made back then was that their largely institutional ownership (only about 5% is in retail hands as discussed a few times here), and any pm or individual in this for a legit ride much higher over the next couple of years, understanding taxes would rather have MPEL use tax efficient buybacks rather than paying cash dividends that are taxable to most U.S. (and likely Aussie) based shareholders. By their actions, management and the BOD agree; witness they spent over $300m on share buybacks between $22 and $27/share (on the way down and back up to $25) during September and then the three week cram in the 4th Q before they got going on the positive news flow of COD Manila.

    Better earnings are coming as Altira and COD Cotai make progress, but espec Manila and Studio City (2 phases on both of those) and then Tower 5 at COD Cotai come on stream, and some shareholders may want the bigger dividends. We hope they step up the remaining buyback (~$200m) and then add a new $500m authorization and stomp on that first. Longtimers all own another 2%+ of the company already!

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