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July 22nd, 2010 at 12:45:51 PM permalink
The Vegas properties for Wynn keep getting worse. Second quarter results are almost twice as bad as last year. The results were treated as of little importance by investors since he has not reported the Macau results. They assume he is still riding high in Macau.

Macau in general outpaces itself every quarter:
First Quarter HK$41,248 million = US$5.254 billion
Second Quarter HK$45,219 million = US$5.760 billion

Keep in mind that Macau had just over US$15 billion for all of calendar year 2009 which is up from US$10.7 billion in 2007.

In comparison for the last three months (March,April,May 2010)
US$2.57 billion in gaming revenue for State of Nevada
US$1.35 billion in gaming revenue for the Las Vegas Strip

So Macau / Vegas Strip is now about 425% for the second quarter.
That is up from 343% for the first quarter of 2010 (when Vegas Strip had a baccarat bonanza for Chinese New Year's eve).

If the baccarat money goes chasing after the new casinos in Singapore it could get worse.

As for the poll it is already rumoured that Elaine Wynn got the Encore in Vegas as part of the divorce settlement.
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July 22nd, 2010 at 1:01:49 PM permalink
Did Wynn report LV results? I can't find it anywhere online. The numbers you posted were for LV as a whole.
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July 22nd, 2010 at 1:23:13 PM permalink
Quote: ruascott

Did Wynn report LV results? I can't find it anywhere online. The numbers you posted were for LV as a whole.

This result was an advanced release, the company plans to release its complete quarterly results on July 29.

Wynn says Las Vegas casinos lost $17.2 million in second quarter

The story is posted in other newspapers as well.

My guess is that he is releasing the bad news early so it won't taint his quarterly earnings release (which will probably have only good news from Macau). This is the first quarter he gets to report the Macau Encore earnings.

Wynn Resorts, Limited Announces Preliminary Second Quarter Results for Wynn Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Jul 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Wynn Resorts, Limited (Nasdaq: WYNN) announced preliminary expectations of financial results for Wynn Las Vegas (including Encore at Wynn Las Vegas) for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. The results in this release are preliminary and subject to the completion of the final financial statements, including the review of those financial statements by the Company's internal and independent accounting professionals and the Company's audit committee. The Company will release final second quarter results and hold a conference call to discuss its results on July 29, 2010.

Net revenues increased 1.7% versus the same period last year to $318 million. Adjusted property EBITDA was $65.1 million for the second quarter of 2010, compared to $75.5 million for the second quarter of 2009. The EBITDA decline in the second quarter of 2010 is primarily attributable to higher healthcare and other employee benefit costs, customer acquisition expenses as well as repairs and maintenance costs to preserve the property's overall quality. On a GAAP basis, operating loss for our Las Vegas property for the second quarter of 2010 was $17.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $8.3 million in the 2009 period.

During the quarter, table games drop decreased 1.8% from the comparable period in 2009 to $485.9 million and hold percentage declined modestly from the 20.7% reported last year to 20.0% in the current quarter, which is below the property's expected range of 21 to 24%. Slot machine win of $41.1 million was 1.8% lower than the comparable period in 2009.

Wynn Las Vegas achieved an Average Daily Rate (ADR) of $197 for the quarter, compared to $218 in the second quarter of 2009. The property's occupancy was 92.6%, compared to 86.6% during the prior year period, generating revenue per available room (REVPAR) of $182 in the 2010 period (3.2% below the second quarter of 2009).


Three Months Ended June 30,20102009
Operating loss$(17,222)$(8,346)
Pre-opening costs 1,590 -
Depreciation and amortization 67,583 78,425
Property charges and other 482 (6,646 )
Management and royalty fees 4,787 4,703
Corporate expense and other 4,852 5,162
Stock-based compensation 3,031 2,386
Equity in income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliate 23 (178)
Adjusted Property EBITDA (1) $ 65,126 $ 75,506

(1) "Adjusted property EBITDA" is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, pre-opening costs, property charges and other, corporate expenses, stock-based compensation, and other non-operating income and expenses, and includes equity in income from unconsolidated affiliates. Adjusted property EBITDA is presented exclusively as a supplemental disclosure because management believes that it is widely used to measure the performance, and as a basis for valuation, of gaming companies. Management uses adjusted property EBITDA as a measure of the operating performance of its segments and to compare the operating performance of its properties with those of its competitors. The Company also presents adjusted property EBITDA because it is used by some investors as a way to measure a company's ability to incur and service debt, make capital expenditures and meet working capital requirements. Gaming companies have historically reported EBITDA as a supplement to financial measures in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). In order to view the operations of their casinos on a more stand-alone basis, gaming companies, including Wynn Resorts, Limited, have historically excluded from their EBITDA calculations pre-opening expenses, property charges, corporate expenses and stock-based compensation, that do not relate to the management of specific casino properties. However, adjusted property EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating income as an indicator of the Company's performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity, or as an alternative to any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Unlike net income, adjusted property EBITDA does not include depreciation or interest expense and therefore does not reflect current or future capital expenditures or the cost of capital. The Company has significant uses of cash flows, including capital expenditures, interest payments, debt principal repayments, taxes and other non-recurring charges, which are not reflected in adjusted property EBITDA. Also, Wynn Resorts' calculation of adjusted property EBITDA may be different from the calculation methods used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

About Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts, Limited is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol WYNN and is part of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Indexes. Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas (www.wynnlasvegas.com), Encore (www.encorelasvegas.com) and Wynn Macau (www.wynnmacau.com). Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 21 food and beverage outlets, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.

We opened Encore, an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas on December 22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and features a 2,034 all-suite hotel, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 13 food and beverage outlets, a night club, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail outlets.

Wynn Macau is a destination casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and currently features 600 deluxe hotel rooms and suites, approximately 205,000 square foot casino, casual and fine dining in five restaurants, approximately 46,000 square feet of retail space, a health club, pool and spa, along with lounges and meeting facilities.

We opened Encore at Wynn Macau on April 21, 2010. Encore is an expansion of Wynn Macau which adds a fully-integrated luxury hotel with 414 spacious suites and villas along with restaurants, additional retail space and gaming space.
SOURCE: Wynn Resorts, Limited
Wynn Resorts, Limited Samanta Stewart, 702-770-7555investorrelations@wynnresorts.com

Major differences from last year
Property charges and other for the three months ended June 30, 2009 include the return of $8.1 million of aircraft deposits written off in the first quarter of 2009. On February 19, 2009, the Company cancelled the agreement to purchase an aircraft. The deposit on the aircraft was refundable to the extent another buyer was found. Due to the uncertainty as to the recoverability of this deposit, the Company wrote such deposit off in the first quarter of 2009. In May 2009, another buyer was found for the aircraft and in accordance with the original purchase agreement, a portion of the Company’s deposit was refunded. The Company incurred property charges of $1.4 million during the three months ended June 30, 2009 which were related to miscellaneous renovations and abandonments.

So basically there was no difference except last year they got an $8.1 million refund.
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July 22nd, 2010 at 3:01:34 PM permalink
Strictly looking at gaming revenue you see how the Vegas Encore did not improve gaming revenue at all when it opened on 22-Dec-2008 Encore

Yr 2005-$353,663,000 (only open part of year)
Yr 2006-$535,561,000
Yr 2007-$642,327,000 (peak gaming earnings)
Yr 2008-$479,711,000
Yr 2009-$505,779,000

Wynn Vegas did get a boost from Chinese New Year's baccarat windfall in February of 2010.

1st QTR 2009 $117,481,000
1st QTR 2010 $139,510,000

I suspect the 2nd quarter will have extremely good news for Encore Macau.

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