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Wynn Is Set To Win Amid Gaming Resurgence In Macau, Goldman Sachs Says

Dave Royse

Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) is set to benefit from a return of the high rollers to a resurgent Macau, Goldman Sachs said Tuesday.

The Analyst

Goldman Sachs analyst Stephen Grambling upgraded Wynn Resorts from Neutral to Buy and raised the price target from $140 to $155.

Grambling continues to also have Buy ratings on other stocks in the sector: Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS), Red Rock Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: RRR), and VICI Properties Inc (NYSE: VICI), and said all will benefit from stronger revenue in casinos.

The Thesis

Several factors are combining to make Wynn Resorts more attractive, including:

  • Inflecting free cash flow as major capital projects are completed
  • New projects in Boston and Las Vegas
  • Stabilizing Gross Gaming Revenue
  • Investments in Macau that Should Bring VIP gamblers back

High Rollers Are Back

The Macau gaming scene is set for a rebound, Grambling said, with $15 billion in planned investments that should bring VIP gamblers back from other Asian destinations. Casinos will also get some regulatory help from changes in Macau. All that should make Wynn attractive as it’s at near-trough valuation.

The optimism is in stark contrast to early in the year, when analysts worried that slowing economic growth in China would hurt Macau revenue this year, a fear compounded a few months later by political turmoil and protests in nearby Hong Kong.

He also cited the recent opening of Encore Boston Harbor with results outpacing expectations, and Wynn’s re-opening of a golf course and convention center expansion in Las Vegas that could drive earnings.

The macro changes in the gambling outlook, particularly in Macau, will boost all industry players there, Grambling said.

Price Action

Wynn Resorts was up 2% to $110.41 at publication time.

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Latest Ratings for WYNN

Date Firm Action From To
Sep 2019 Upgrades Neutral Buy
Sep 2019 Maintains Equal-Weight
Sep 2019 Maintains Overweight

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