Benzinga  9 hrs ago  Comment 
Macau casino stocks continue to present investment risk and won't regain their attraction until at least the middle of 2015, an analyst said Wednesday. Stocks in the sector have ticked up in the past several weeks as investors seemed to...
Clusterstock  Dec 10  Comment 
It's now undeniable that Chinese President Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown will change Macau's casino business forever. Cheung Chi Tai, a powerful junket operator,  is being investigated for money laundering. The FBI had been monitoring him...
Wall Street Journal  Dec 10  Comment 
Hong Kong has launched a money-laundering investigation into one of Macau’s top gambling-junket figures and has frozen his assets, in the latest setback for the Chinese enclave’s once-booming casino industry.
Forbes  Dec 9  Comment 
Concerns about transit visa restrictions is overdone, Macau based analysts conclude from a cross border investigation.
Forbes  Dec 8  Comment 
Sands China caused the big bang in Macau retailing and profits handsomely as a second explosion looms.
Motley Fool  Dec 3  Comment 
Las Veags Sands still looks to be the best bet in this industry, but if this one metric started dropping, I would think about selling.
Benzinga  Dec 2  Comment 
Carlo Santarelli of Deutsche Bank commented in a note on Tuesday that Macau's 19.6 percent gross gaming revenue decline seen in November was expected and December's gross gaming revenue is also expected to be lower than it was a year...
Wall Street Journal  Dec 2  Comment 
Macau is poised for its first-ever full-year decline in gambling revenue after China’s corruption crackdown sent November revenue tumbling 20%.


Macau is the fastest growing casino gambling (or "gaming") market in the world. From 2001 to 2006, gaming revenue in Macau has grown at an annual rate of 23%. By comparison, Las Vegas and Atlantic City had CAGRs of 4% and 3%, respectively. The biggest driver of growth is its proximity to the increasingly wealthy Chinese population.

Only 6 companies are licensed to operate gaming facilities in the region:

  • Melco PBL Entertainment (MPEL) is the only company publicly traded in the U.S. that is completely focused on the Macau gaming and hospitality industry.
  • MGM Mirage (MGM): This company is developing the MGM Grand Macau, which is scheduled to open in late 2007. Most of MGM's casinos are in Las Vegas, and its operations include: Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, Treasure Island (TI), New York-New York, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus Las Vegas.
  • Las Vegas Sands (LVS): This company owns and operates The Sands Macao. It is also developing The Venetian Macau. These properties are named after LVS's Las Vegas counterparts.
  • Wynn Resorts (WYNN): This company owns and operates Wynn Macau and Wynn Las Vegas. It is also developing a massive new casino resort in Macau, which is set to open in 2010.
  • Galaxy Casinos (HKSE:0027)
  • SJM/Macau Success Limited (HKSE:0487)

Most Visitors Coming From China and Hong Kong

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Statistics based on macau statistics and census services [1]

^Estimates based on “Visitors Arrivals for October 2007” [2]


  1. Tourism Statistics 2006, "Tourism Statistics", Macau Census
  2. "Visitors Arrivals for October 2007", Macau Census

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