Asia round-up: TRLEI adjusted EBITDA up 263%; Macau’s Golden Week and ClubsNSW

TRLEI reports PHP 11.56bn in revenue for Q4 2022  

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Tiger Resorts Leisure and Entertainment (TRLEI) has made PHP 11.56bn ($210.8m) in revenue for Q4 2022, up 55% year-on-year.  

The operator of the Okada Manila, TRLEI’s Q4 results saw its full-year revenue rise to PHP 37.19bn, up from the PHP 19.69bn it generated for 2021.  

Its latest figures take it closer to its full-year results for 2019 – before the Covid-19 pandemic – when it generated PHP 42.38bn.  

Of its total Q4 revenue, PHP10.49bn was from gaming activities at the Okada Manila, with gaming machines generating the most of any segment at PHP 3.78bn.  

TRLEI’s adjusted segment EBITDA was up to PHP 2.82bn for Q4 2022, an amount higher than its full-year adjusted EBITDA for 2021 – PHP 2.37bn. As such, the company’s full-year adjusted EBITDA amount of PHP 8.61bn represented a 263% rise year-on-year, reflecting a bounce back from Covid-19 playing out in the Philippines. 

Gross gaming revenue from VIP table games was not far behind, with PHP 3.6bn made during the quarter, while revenue from mass segment table games also exceeded PHP 3bn.  

VIP rolling chip volume at the Okada Manila rose from 309,396 for FY21 to 448,304 in its latest full-year results, representing the continued appetites of high rollers to gamble amid the downturn of Macau due to widespread Covid-19 restrictions. 

Golden Week sees 450,000 tourists descend on Macau 

The dust is finally settling in Macau after Chinese New Year celebrations came to a close, with over 450,000 tourists reported to have visited the gaming stronghold during the period.  

Data provided by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) shows that visitation numbers were up 297% year-on-year, when Covid restrictions continued to hamper results for the region’s concessionaires. 

Of those that visited Macau, 59% were residents of mainland China, chiefly the Guangdong province – with 132,000 visitors coming in via the gate in Gongbei – connecting Macau to Zhuhai.  

ClubsNSW introduces industry code of conduct 

TRLEI’s adjusted segment EBITDA was up to PHP 2.82bn for Q4 2022, an amount higher than its full-year adjusted EBITDA for 2021 – PHP 2.37bn

ClubsNSW (New South Wales) has released an industry code of conduct, promising various reforms. 

Such reforms include measures to ban problem gamblers from venues, welfare checks on poker machine players every three hours and staff training to identify key problem gambling indicators. Moreover, every club would have a responsible gambling officer. 

Also under the code, patrons seeking gambling credit, borrowing money from others or stealing money to gamble would be offered counselling and automatically banned from gaming rooms. Furthermore, family members would be able to request an exclusion for those experiencing gambling harm, with suspected money launderers to be banned for life. 

“Clubs have always been the safest places to gamble, and they are about to become even safer,” said ClubsNSW Chief Executive Josh Landis. 

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