Sands China, Las Vegas Sands top picks for 2Q22: Bernstein

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Las Vegas Sands and Sands China are the top 2Q22 picks for Bernstein, which reiterated its earlier forecast for the Macau operator to post $4.1 billion in EBITDA by 2025. 

Sands China will post EBITDA of $3.4 billion next year, topping 2019’s $3.3 billion, as long as travel resumes and there is no recession in China. 

“With strong cash flow and limited CAPEX commitment over the next few years we expect Sands China to de-lever and return to paying dividends by 2024,” it said in a note.

It bases its optimism on Sands’s leading position in Macau, with a 30 percent market share. It said it is well-positioned to outperform in the premium mass segment due to new products coming online and will do well in the high-margin mass and retail segments. 

In Singapore, Las Vegas Sands’ Marina Bay Sands property should return to pre-Covid levels over the next two years as the nation opens up and learns to live with Covid. 

MBS generated $1.7 billion in EBITDA in 2019, with a 54 percent margin, making it the most profitable casino in the world in that year. 

Bernstein forecasts EBITDA will hit $1.9 billion by 2025 and will see a significant jump once its S$4.5 billion second-phase expansion comes online after this date. 

It expects a low single-digit return on investment on the planned expansion. 

Bernstein said it has an outperform rating on both Sands China and Las Vegas Sands. 

For 2021, Sands China generated EBITDA of $338 million.