Pandemic hitting hard
Wynn Macau Ltd posted a net loss of $154.2m during the first quarter of 2020. For the same period in 2019, the casino operator had a net profit of $190.6m. The figures were released as part of its parent company Wynn Resorts Ltd’s first-quarter report, published on Wednesday.
The main reason for the dramatic turn in fortunes for Wynn Macau Ltd was the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Gambling facilities around the world have been massively affected to date, with casinos in Macau forced to closed for 15 days in February. Visitor numbers and casino revenue in Macau have remained very low in the intervening months as restrictions remain in place.
More struggles ahead
While some of the border restrictions between Macau and mainland China have been eased, analysts believe it will take a long time before casino and visitor numbers get back to pre-pandemic figures.
costing Wynn Resorts between $2m and $2.5m every day
Macau’s low figures are costing Wynn Resorts between $2m and $2.5m every day, according to chief financial officer and president Craig Billings. This daily loss is expected to last until visa schemes are reimplemented and there is a full reopening of transit to and from Hong Kong.
There are also restrictions in place on the casino operations. Wynn’s Macau gambling properties now have limits on the number of seats per table games and the spacing of slot machines. They are also carrying out customer temperature checks and other health measures. There is currently no defined timeline as to when the restrictions might be eased.
Sufficient liquidity for Macau operations
Wynn’s Macau facilities have sufficient liquidity for now, with $1.8bn available as of April 30. Billings is hopeful that these operations are well-positioned to rebound due to their focus on premium clients rather than high visitor volumes.