SkyCity Entertainment Group

    New-Zealand headquartered Skycity Entertainment Group is a casino operator, with properties throughout Australasia. The Skycity group owns five casinos in Australia and New Zealand, including Adelaide, Auckland, Darwin, Hamilton and Queenstown. SkyCity group is listed in the New Zealand Stock Exchange.


    Matthew Ballesty

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    SkyCity Entertainment said its Auckland casino will be allowed to reopen from Sunday, March 7, with physical distancing requirements in place, after New Zealand moved the city to Alert level 2.

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    SkyCity Entertainment has advised that from midnight this evening, it will be closing its Auckland casino and entertainment facilities and implementing physical distancing and hygiene requirements at its Hamilton and Queenstown properties in response to the policies of the New Zealand government.

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    SkyCity Entertainment has announced that Richard Smyth, currently Deputy Chief Financial Officer, will become Acting Chief Financial Officer from February 27 to April 19.

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    SkyCity Entertainment’s share price has been tumbling amid widespread falls on the New Zealand and international stock markets as fears about the impact of COVID-19 spread. The company’s share price fell from its one year peak of $4.13 on January 15 to close at $3.20 on Friday, a fall of 22.5 percent, one of the […]

    SkyCity’s planned Queenstown hotel on hold

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    SkyCity insurance policy covers fire at the convention center

    SkyCity Entertainment has confirmed that its insurance policy covers damage from the fire which struck its convention center in Auckland. In a statement to the NZ Stock Exchange, SkyCity also confirmed that its contractor Fletcher Construction has contract works insurance which will cover fire damage on the project. SkyCity’s insurance broker has been named for […]

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    SkyCity downgrades 2019 profit guidance after weak first quarter

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    SkyCity moves Darwin exec back to Adelaide

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    SkyCity gets US$141 million from Auckland carpark sale

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    SkyCity wants at least $154.3 million for Darwin Casino

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    SkyCity to divest non-core businesses, focus on major projects

    Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group says it is looking to adopt a “asset-lighter” approach to improve returns and allocate capital more efficiently. During an investor presentation held on Tuesday, SkyCity said it is seeking to monetize selected property assets and divest non-core businesses in order to fund strategic / growth initiatives. These include the sale […]

    SkyCity told to payout in wrongful dismissal case

    SkyCity has been ordered to pay NZ $25 000 (US$18,250) to an employee it wrongfully dismissed in a row over the treatment of a high roller. Keith Hayashi was shift manager at SkyCity’s Auckland casino and misunderstood instructions about how to handle a high roller’s betting limits. The high roller, identified only as Mrs A, […]

    SkyCity net profit rises 11.6 pct in FY18H1

    New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group reported an 11.6 percent rise in net profit for the half year ended December 31, 2017, aided by modest growth in its NZ properties and growth in international business. Such net profit reached NZ$93.5 million (US$67.6 million), while reported revenue amounted to NZ$554.7 million, an increase of 4 […]

    SkyCity appoints Liz McNally as CMO

    SkyCity has appointed Liz McNally into the newly created position of chief marketing officer. Immediately prior to her new appointment, McNally was chief marketing officer for media and entertainment company, NZME, which owns newspapers and a network of radio stations and other titles across New Zealand. Joining in August 2014, she was responsible for the […]

    SkyCity expecting modest growth in FY18

    Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group says it expects “modest growth” for the 2018 financial year, based on year-to-date figures. Normalized revenue for the first four months of the financial year rose 1.7 percent – due in part to a 3.1 percent gain from its domestic business, said the company in a UBS Investor Conference on […]

    SkyCity to expand food, accom, and entertainment offerings

    New Zealand casino operator SkyCity has acquired a major interest in a 17 storey office building located on the Federal Street precinct. SkyCity chief executive officer Graeme Stephens says it plans to use the building to “add further accommodation, restaurants and bars, and entertainment facilities for the public.” Named the AA Centre, the property is […]

    SkyCity COO John Mortensen to retire at end of year

    New Zealand-based casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the retirement of its group chief operating officer, John Mortensen, effective December 31, 2017. According to a filing from the company on Tuesday, Mortensen leaves SkyCity to retire to Australia. In his place will be Michael Ahearne, who takes the role January 1, 2018. Mr. Mortensen […]

    SkyCity posts lacklustre results in FY17

    Casino operator SkyCity Ltd, which operates casinos and hotels in Australia and New Zealand reported a lacklustre results in the fiscal year 2017, marked by a 30 percent drop in turnover in its mainstay international business, and an even sharper drop of 42 percent in EBITDA. The company’s full year results released on Wednesday refer […]

    NZ venues need to do more to minimize harm

    Gambling venues in New Zealand are getting better at helping problem gamblers, but need to do more, says New Zealand Internal Affairs’ Director of Gambling Compliance, Gareth Bostock. Late last year, The Department conducted a mystery shopper exercise to assess how well venue staff were fulfilling their Gambling Act obligations for preventing and minimizing gambling […]

    SkyCity chairman retires at year-end

    SkyCity Entertainment Group chairman Chris Moller has announced his retirement from the board, effective on December 31, 2017. Mr. Moller was first appointed a director of SkyCity in December 2008, and was voted in as chairman in 2016. “I am immensely proud to have led SKYCITY through this critical stage of its evolution. By the […]

    SkyCity cleared in wrongful dismissal case

    New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment won an unfair dismissal case against a casino worker fired for authorizing a payment of more than $300,000 to a player, local media reports. The employee, Keith Hayashi, made the mistake that a player had been playing a wrong table limit and was owed $310,000. He promised to pay her despite […]

    Tough conditions drag on SkyCity Q3 revenue

    SkyCity Entertainment Group posted a 4 percent decline in revenue for the three months ended March 31. The group said it was dealing with flat gaming revenue at its flagship casino in Auckland, and tough operating conditions at its Australian operations in Darwin and Adelaide. Group revenue fell to $258.1 million from $268.9 million a […]

    SkyCity names new president of international business

    NZ-listed SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of Stewart Neish as its president of international business. Mr Neish is currently group general manager, casino and VIP gaming at Sun International in South Africa. He has extensive gaming and hospitality experience across Australia, Asia, South Africa and South America in developing and leading VIP programmes, […]

    SkyCity VIP revenue down, net profit up in FY17H1

    SkyCity Entertainment Group recorded a near 40 percent drop in its international business segment but still managed an 18 percent increase in profit for the half-year ended Dec. 31, 2016. The NZ-listed casino company said on Thursday that net profit for the six months was NZ$83.8 million (US$60.8 million). Revenue came in at NZ$484.2 million, […]

    Star mulls Skycity takeover, NZ investors concerned

    The Star Entertainment Group is understood to be working out the options for a potential merger with New Zealand’s Skycity Entertainment Group, according to sources quoted by The Australian. “It is understood that The Star Entertainment Group’s chief executive, Matt Bekier, has expressed his willingness to embark on a merger with the rival casino operator […]

    John Mortensen to take role as SkyCity COO in 2017

    SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of John Mortensen as its group chief operating officer, to take the role in May 2017. Mr. Mortensen has been the interim chief executive of SkyCity since April 2016 following the departure of Nigel Morrison in May 2016. Announcing Mr Mortensen’s appointment, SKYCITY Chairman Chris Moller said he […]

    Graeme Stephens named as new SkyCity chief

    Australian and New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of Graeme Stephens as its new chief executive officer. The appointment comes following the resignation of Nigel Morrison in April this year. Mr Stephens, 53,  is the current  CEO of Sun International, a  casino, resorts and entertainment company listed on the Johannesburg […]

    Chinese crackdown likely to have adverse effect: SkyCity

    New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group says the recent Crown employee arrests are “likely to be adverse” to its business in the short and medium term, local media reports. Shares in SkyCity fell nearly 14 percent amid fears of a crackdown on VIP gaming by Chinese authorities, according to Reuters. SkyCity, which operates six […]

    Former SkyCity CEO paid $2.3 million to walk away

    In announcing its full year results, SkyCity former chief executive Nigel Morrison received base pay of $1.66 million and short-term incentive pay of $2.06 million in the year to June. However Morrison resigned unexpectedly in April and his last working day at SkyCity was April 29. In addition to those payments, Morrison was reportedly paid […]

    SkyCity announces capital raising plan

    New Zealand-listed SkyCity Entertainment intends to raise NZ$263 million of new equity from its shareholders to “fund future growth projects”. In a filing to the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the casino operator said the net proceeds from the offer will be used to repay bank debt and reduce gearing, in order to support the funding […]

    SkyCity open to takeover from The Star

    Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group says it is not opposed to a takeover approach from Australia’s Star Entertainment, but will not instigate talks, local media reports. Chris Moller, chairman of the New Zealand-listed operator denied any approach or talks with The Star during an investor call on Monday, but the board was not opposed to […]

    SkyCity denies Darwin casino for sale

    SkyCity Entertainment Group has denied recent media reports it’s considering the sale of its Darwin casino, New Zealand’s Scoop reports. According to the Australian Financial Review’s Street Talk column, the casino operator is understood to have approached investors in March to “gauge market interest” in its assets, which include one of its Auckland hotels, several […]

    SkyCity managing director and CEO resigns

    SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the resignation of its CEO and managing director Nigel Morrison, effective April 29, 2016. SkyCity’s chairman, Chris Moller says the board and Morrison have been formally discussing succession planning since September last year, and both agreed it is the right time to transition to a new chief executive, according to […]

    SkyCity mulls sale of Darwin Casino

    New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment is considering selling a number of assets, including its under-performing Darwin casino. According to local sources, the casino operator is understood to have approached investors in March to “gauge market interest” in its assets, which includes one of its Auckland hotels, several carpark facilities, and its Darwin Casino. However, finding a […]

    SkyCity former employee charged with NZ$2.5 million theft

    A former member of staff of SkyCity Casino in New Zealand has been charged with defrauding the casino of more than NZ$2.5 million ($1.7 million), local media reports. Tessa Fiona Grant allegedly used cheques and invoices from SkyCity to siphon money to herself, and appeared at Hamilton District Court facing 49 fraud-related charges. Grant’s lawyer, […]

    SKYCITY Entertainment Group normalized revenue up 10.2 percent in 2H16

    New Zealand-listed SKYCITY Entertainment Group has reported normalized revenue and earnings for the group up 10.2 percent to NZ$562 million (US$382.5 million) for the six months ended Dec. 31, 2015, according to an interim report. The New Zealand based casino operator said normalized EBITDA was up 15.4 percent to NZ$178.2 million and normalized NPAT was […]

    Skycity boasts strong performance in first half of FY16

    Skycity Entertainment Group Limited expects strong financial performance in the first half of FY16, according to interim results guidance filed with the New Zealand Stock Exchange. As a result, Skycity currently expects that its interim results for the six months to Dec. 31, 2015 will see a 21-23 percent increase in EBITA, and a 26-30 […]

    SkyCity begins work on New Zealand Convention Center

    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison and Fletcher Building CEO Mark Adamson witnessed the demolition works on 16 buildings that currently occupy the future site of the New Zealand International Convention Center (NZICC) and the Hobson Hotel, a 5-star, 300 room hotel, kicking off a 38-month building project. The $700 million project is one of the largest […]

    SkyCity says conditions for casino concessions met

    New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment Group said it has formally signed a building works contract with The Fletcher Construction Co, triggering the activation of government concessions granted to the company over its gaming license and tables. The formal signing means the concessions are now operative and will be activated, SkyCity said in a stock exchange filing. […]

    SKYCITY appoints Fletcher Construction for Auckland project

    SkyCity Entertainment Group said it will team with New Zealand contractor Fletcher Construction to build its new convention center and 5-star hotel in Auckland and expects to begin building by Christmas. The project includes a retail laneway linking Nelson and Hobson streets and 1,327 parking spaces. The contract award is worth about $477 million ($323.5 […]

    Greens seek to block additional pokies for SkyCity

    New Zealand’s Green Party is calling on the government to withdraw a concession granting SkyCity Entertainment extra pokie machines for its new Auckland resort due to claims it’s not doing enough to ensure responsible gambling. SkyCity is scheduled to gain 230 additional machines and 52 gaming tables as part of a deal with the government, […]

    China capital outflow cap could affect Australia casino revenues

    The impact of China restricting capital outflows is a growing risk that could pose a threat to Australian casino revenues and halve VIP takings by 2017, according to CLSA. Though it is not yet clear if China has the will or the means to restrict capital outflows, if it does  Australian casino revenues will not […]

    Auckland Council gives resource consent approval for NZICC

    SkyCity Entertainment Group announced that Auckland Council has given the New Zealand International Convention Centre resource consent approval.  The decision follows an independent board of commissioners’ determination in July that the NZICC resource consent application should proceed on a non-notified basis.  The approval enables the company to now seek the amendments necessary to incorporate the […]

    SkyCity concludes bookbuild process for bond offer

    SkyCity Entertainment Group announced that the bookbuild for its offer of seven year bonds has been successfully concluded.  The company said $125 million has been reserved for clients of participants in the bookbuild process who have received firm allocations. This includes over-subscriptions of $25 million.  The interest rate for the Bonds, which are unsubordinated, unsecured, […]

    Standard & Poor gives SkyCIty bonds ‘BBB-‘ rating

    Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has assigned its ‘BBB-‘ rating to SkyCity Entertainment’s NZ$100 million ($64.8 million) seven-year bonds. The unsecured, fixed-rate bonds, which will mature on September 28, 2022, will be used to pay down drawings on the company’s bank facilities.  “The ‘BBB-‘ issuer credit rating on SkyCity reflects the group’s solid market positions […]

    SkyCity to offer $100 million in seven year bonds

    SkyCity Entertainment Group announced an offer of up to $100 million in seven year bonds to reduce the drawings on the company’s bank facilities. The offer will be open to institutional investors and members of the public who are resident in New Zealand. The interest rate for the bonds, which will be unsubordinated, unsecured, redeemable, […]

    SkyCity reports normalized revenue of $1 billion for FY15

    SkyCity Entertainment reported normalised revenue of NZ$1 billion ($657 million) for the full year ending June 30, 2015, up 8.7 percent on the previous corresponding period. Normalised EBITDA rose 6 percent to $304.9 million and normalized NPAT was up 8.8 percent to $134.1 million. “Auckland continues to be the standout performer across the group, delivering record […]

    SkyCity to plan major upgrade of Auckland atrium

    SkyCity Entertainment is enhancing its Auckland property with a major upgrade costing NZ$24 million ($15.8 million) of its main atrium. The improvements are expected to include new wall claddings, chandeliers and light features, new entrance doors and flooring, and new bathrooms on the ground floor of the main site, the company said in a media […]

    SkyCity says Northern Territory gaming tax changes to cost $1m

    New Zealand-listed SkyCity Entertainment says the impact of a new Community Benefit Levy and tax changes in Australia’s Northern Territories will push up operating costs by about $1 million ($669,404.979) a year, less than the $6 million it originally estimated. The company said the Northern Territory Government has said that for the ten-year period from […]

    SkyCity revenue up 17.9 percent in 15H2

    SkyCity Entertainment Group said its revenue rose 17.9 percent to $415.6 million in the second half of the 2015 year-to-date, attributing the growth to its international business which saw a 63 percent increase in turnover boost to $8.62 billion during the period. In an investor presentation, the Auckland-based company said the rise in international business […]

    SkyCity and state agree the preliminary design of NZICC

    Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison announced that the company and the state have agreed the preliminary design, and executed an amended agreement, for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.  The design is for a slightly smaller centre than initially planned, the company said, due to costs overrunning. […]

    SkyCity making progress on Convention Center

      SkyCity’s CEO announced that it it making good progress with the government towards finalizing the preliminary design of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.  Nigel Morrison said the company and the Crown are in the process of agreeing to a final design of the development, following an 11-week review of the original design. The […]

    Northern Territory imposes 10 percent levy on SkyCity gaming machine profits

    Australia’s Northern Territory Government will impose a new Community Benefit Levy of 10 percent on SkyCity’s gross profits from electronic gaming machines at its Darwin and Lasseters Alice Springs casinos. The CBL, which will be effective from 1 July 2015, falls under a review by the Northern Territory Government of the gaming tax rates that […]

    NZ PM says SkyCity center needs more government money

    New Zealand’s prime minister says Auckland’s SkyCity convention center will be an “eyesore” unless the government pumps more cash into the project. Local media reported that Prime Minister John Key said the government is looking to help the casino operator, which has struggled to meet the cost of the project, realize its grand plans. Key […]

    SkyCity interim profit dips on weak Australia operations

    SkyCity Entertainment Group, which operates six casinos in Australia and New Zealand, has reported a small decline in net profit after tax in its results for the six months to the end of December 2014.  The earnings are in line with analysts’ predictions of a strong New Zealand result and of difficult conditions in Australia, […]

    SkyCity’s half year results will show mixed success

    SkyCity Entertainment Group’s half year results to be released on Wednesday will show a better performance in the New Zealand market, but that its Australian operations will drag the company down, analysts say. Wednesday’s result will be a mix of good and bad news with evidence that Auckland is returning to sustainable growth, Adrian Allbon […]

    No short-term gain seen from SkyCity as analysts downgrade to sell

    The rating on SkyCity Entertainment Group’s shares has been downgraded from hold to sell by analysts from Deutsche Bank and Craigs Investment Partners, reflecting doubt over whether the shares can offer a return. The analysts cite the $1 billion required for the company’s Adelaide business and planned NZ International Convention Centre in Auckland as a […]

    SkyCity awaits decision on convention centre

    SkyCity Entertainment is reportedly still waiting for a decision from the Auckland council as to whether a planned national convention center, which it is building as part of an accord to expand its casino there, will face a public planning hearing. The company lodged its consent application just before Christmas, in the hope that would […]

    SkyCity cuts forecasts as fire, Coronavirus hit

    SkyCity Entertainment, New Zealand’s only listed gaming company, has cut forecasts for the year and says the near-term outlook is gloomy, as it grapples with the aftermath of a fire in a key project and now the impact of the Coronavirus. The operator, which has properties in both New Zealand and Australia, hit the headlines […]

    SkyCity convention centre faces significant delay after fire

    SkyCity’s convention centre is likely to be delayed by at least another year after a fire, leaving commentators scrambling to assess the financial impact.

    SkyCity tackles licensing hurdles

    SkyCity Entertainment is grappling with capacity issues, as licensing regulations in New Zealand make expansion of its properties difficult. 

    AML laws for sports betting, racing push up costs

    New laws widening the scope of current legislation on money laundering and the financing of terrorist activity are currently before the New Zealand Parliament and similar moves are expected in Australia. The expanded legislation will bring in sports betting and wagering for the first time and will include significant extra costs for industry. 
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    Crown arrests to force marketing rethink?

    Beijing’s policies are once again creating waves across the Asian gambling scene and may force a rethink of how regional operators reach mainland Chinese customers.
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    SkyCity bullish about “very active” future

    SkyCity Entertainment, which operates six casinos in Australia and New Zealand, says it plans to focus on its business in New Zealand for future growth and isn’t looking at acquiring new properties in the increasingly competitive Australian market.The company has several projects in various stages of development to lock in earnings growth from around $800 million of capital expenditure in the next three years.

    SkyCity sees international growth, but clouds gather over Auckland project

    SkyCity Entertainment Group is optimistic about its prospects, but analyst reactions to its latest results have been lacklustre, while a major project designed to boost growth at home is facing difficulties. The company, which operates four casinos in New Zealand and two in Australia, is facing stagnant growth in its home market, while competition is set to mount in Australia. Overall in the 2013/2014 financial year New Zealanders spent $1.54 billion on the four main forms of gambling, an increase of less than one percent, while casino spending fell 2.1 percent. The company reported a flat profit of $66.6 million ($49 million) in its six monthly results on Wednesday, but also pointed to its increasing investment in Australia and its growing international business. SkyCity offered no full-year profit guidance, and its major capital investment project – an international convention centre in Auckland – is now in considerable doubt.