Las Vegas Sands Corp. Q2 2010 Earnings Call Transcript

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Q2 2010 Earnings Call Transcript
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Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS)

Q2 2010 Earnings Call

July 28, 2010 08:00 am ET


Daniel Briggs - VP, IR

Mike Leven - President and COO

Sheldon Adelson - Chairman and CEO

Rob Goldstein - EVP and President of The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas

Ken Kay - SVP and CFO


Joe Greff - J.P. Morgan

Janet Brashear - Sanford Bernstein

Mark Strawn - Morgan Stanley

Shaun Kelley - Banc of America Securities

Felicia Hendrix - Barclays

Robin Farley - UBS



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Good morning. My name is Marianne, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Las Vegas Sands Corp. Quarter Two Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers remark there will be a question and answer session. (Operator Instructions). Thank you.

At this time, I would like to turn the call over to Daniel Briggs, Vice President of Investor Relations. Sir, you may begin.

Daniel Briggs

Thank you, operator, and good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. Good morning to those of you back in United States. On the call with me today are Mike Leven, our President and Chief Operating Officer; Rob Goldstein joining us from Las Vegas; our Executive Vice President, President of The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas; Ken Kay, our Chief Financial Officer; and Gayle Hyman, our General Counsel. Mr. Sheldon Adelson, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will be joining us for the Q&A portion of this call.

Before we begin, let me remind you that today's conference call will contain forward-looking statements that we are making under the Safe Harbor provisions of Federal Securities Laws. The company's actual results could differ materially from the anticipated results in those forward-looking statements. Please see today's press release under the caption, forward-looking statements, for a discussion of risks that may affect our results.

In addition, we may discuss adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted property EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures. A definition and a reconciliation of each of these measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the press release.

Please note that this presentation is being recorded.

I’ll now turn the call over to Mike Leven.

Mike Leven

Good morning, everybody. Sheldon Adelson has just arrived into the hotel. His plane, he had to get off his plane, which was canceled because of the weather. And in about five minutes, he should be here. So I will start by reading some of his portion, and then he’ll pick it up as when he gets in.

Good morning to those of you in the United States, and good evening to those of you in Asia. Thank you all for joining us today. I’ll begin today's call with some comments on this quarter's results, including our results from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which opened its doors on April 27th. I’ll then hand the call over to Mike Leven and the team to provide some additional detail.

Big picture, we are very pleased with our results. Our business in Macau was quite strong and is generating record revenue and EBITDA. Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which was opened for only 65 days during the quarter, has received a wonderful reception from the people of Singapore and the wider region.

The property is experiencing strong visitation and gaming volumes and is off to an outstanding start. In Las Vegas, operating conditions are showing some signs of improvement, particularly on weekends and occupancy has been strong even throughout the summer period.

Our record results in Macau during the quarter included a strong contribution from each of our three properties there. Let me provide the details for the second quarter of 2010, compared to the second quarter of 2009.

At the Venetian Macao, net revenue increased 31% to $581 million. Adjusted EBITDA increased 75% to $193 million, and adjusted EBITDA margin increased 840 basis points to 33.2%.

At the Sands Macao, net revenue increased 29% to $302 million. Adjusted EBITDA increased 33% to $81 million, and adjusted EBITDA margin increased 80 basis points to 26.9%.

At the Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Plaza Casino, net revenue increased 196% to $144 million, adjusted EBITDA increased 493% to $33 million, and adjusted EBITDA margin increased 1,150 basis points to 22.9%. And for our Macau properties in total, net revenue increased 41% to $1.03 billion. Adjusted EBITDA increased 74% to $307 million, and adjusted EBITDA margin increased 560 basis points to 29.9%.

We continue to lead the Macau market with revenue growth flowing through to market leading EBITDA and EBITDA margin. This performance reflects strong revenue growth, coupled with the benefits from our cost containment and efficiency strategies.

Construction activity on the Shangri-La Traders Sheraton complex, our latest integrated resort development on Parcels 5 & 6 on the Cotai Strip in Macau, is progressing. We recently closed the credit facility for the development, and we thank our lending partners for their support on this project. We continue to work with the Macau authorities to ramp-up construction workers necessary to complete the project.

Mr. Adelson just walked in. He’ll pick it up from here.

Sheldon Adelson

In Singapore Marina Bay Sands generated 94 million in EBITDA, in its first 65 days of operation and EBITDA margin of 43.7%. Load table games hold on our rolling business at Marina Bay Sands prevented us from generating even stronger EBITDA and EBITDA margin for the period.

After opening 963 rooms on April 27 and most of the remaining rooms and suites on June 23, Marina Bay Sands has experienced strong visitation and healthy volumes in all three segments of the property's gaming business.

We have seen increases in volumes in both our mass and rolling businesses since we opened the property, and are pleased with both our volumes to date and the ramping up of daily play. We are confident that as the property and its marketing programs continue to mature and as its full complement of amenities, including additional high end suites, retail and entertainment offerings come online. Marina Bay Sands will be an ideal platform for the company's growth.

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