Major cruise lines have been pushing back their planned dates to resume sailing as the Covid-19 pandemic drags, helping to dampen a fourth-quarter rally in stocks.
Capacity expansion, Chinese exploration and concession extension are likely to lead to outperformance of Macau’s gaming stocks in the second half of this year after a sluggish start, according to analysis from Morgan Stanley.
Analysts have turned more upbeat about the prospects for Malaysia’s gambling operators, despite a recent upswing in new Covid-19 cases, saying the sector is good value as stocks are still down between 15 to 26 percent on the prior year.
Kenanga Research expects Malaysia's casino operator to rebound more swiftly than its number forecast operators, as border restrictions ease. The sector valuation remains attractive as gaming stocks were still 15-26 percent cheaper than a year ago.
Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox has said the casino industry in Las Vegas could come back like in the Roaring 20's as people seek to have fun after surviving the pandemic, but warns that may take two years to happen.
It's still unknown whether Macau's gaming sector is on the path to recovery, with conflicting reports over the last month signaling both good and bad news over the medium term.
Behind the sea of red in Genting Malaysia’s Q3 results, analysts found reason for cheer in the performance of its domestic operations, which generated a positive EBITDA of RM541 million ($133 million) in the quarter.
Macau's VIP market won't fully recovery any time in the foreseeable future and gross gambling revenue in 2023 is still expected to be lower than the levels of 2015, Bernstein Research said in a note.
The indicators are lining up and pointing to a positive future for Macau, however, without the improvement of visa processing in China, the recovery is likely to continue at its current steady pace.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he believes it will take several years to return to normal after Covid-19 and travel is likely to take another two years to fully recover.