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Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Macau to see strong growth in 2024: Citigroup

Analysts at Citigroup are bullish on Macau in 2024, seeing room for growth after a 'decent 2023'. Analyst George Choi cites a weak economy in China diminishing Macau's possible ramp-up this year, but notes that visitation, time and money spent in the casino are more important metrics than a country's GDP. The analyst also encourages operators in their comping strategies, noting that EBITDA is the bottom line.

Macau projected to have top-line surge in gaming revenue for 2024: Citigroup

Investment bank Citigroup notes that there is still ‘plenty of room for top-line gaming revenue growth’ for 2024 in Macau, as its research team indicates that the sector's current valuations imply over-pessimistic opex inflation.

Macau 2023 GGR likely to be 62 percent of 2019 levels: Citigroup

Macau is projected to conclude 2023 with gross gaming revenue (GGR) of MOP182 billion ($22.6 billion), approximately 62 percent of 2019 levels, according to Citigroup.

Concerts further boost casino revenue: Citigroup

Popular concerts held in Macau continue to boost the city's gaming revenue, as Citigroup's Table Survey indicates. The survey shows that the average wager per player in the premium mass segment increased by 37 percent compared to November 2019, reaching HK$22,251 ($2,856).

Average wager per player at Macau premium mass rooms almost doubled during Golden Week

The average wager per player at Macau premium mass rooms during the National Day Golden Week increased by 94 percent compared to the same period in 2019, according to the latest Table Survey conducted by Citigroup.

MICE to be the main driver of Macau’s GGR in 4Q23: Citigroup

The ‘unprecedented lineup of events’ is expected to be the main driver of Macau’s gross gaming revenue in 4Q23, as Citigroup raises the quarter’s GGR forecast by 7.4 percent quarterly, from MOP51 billion ($6.3 billion) to MOP52.5 billion ($6.5 billion).

Macau premium mass average wagers not affected by seasonality: Citigroup

Citigroup reaffirms that Macau's gaming industry shows no signs of slowing down. Despite the decline in total wagers in the premium mass market, average wagers remain strong and unaffected by seasonality.

High rollers likely returning to Macau, says Citigroup

Citigroup reports that it has observed 24 whales so far this month, marking the highest single-month tally this year and only three fewer than during Chinese New Year in 2

MGM China sales team expansion shows confidence: Citigroup 

Citigroup noted that MGM's management is 'showing confidence in the market', MGM China's President and Chief Operating Officer Hubert Wang revealed that the company will double the headcount of its international sales and marketing team

Macau mass market GGR recovered to 93 percent of pre-COVID levels in July: JP Morgan

Macau’s mass market gross gaming revenue recovered to 93 percent of pre-COVID levels in July 2023, reaffirming the bullish outlook over Macau gaming, say analysts.