NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of MGM Resorts International (MGM) are gaining 2.22% to $26.21 in early afternoon trading today following a statement from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan regarding the country's plan to legalize casinos in an effort to boost tourism before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Bloomberg reports.
Abe has been in office for 18 months and is working improve Japan's economic growth. He believes allowing casinos to operate inside of resorts would be a significant part of that plan.
MGM and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) are said to be considering investing billions of dollars in Japan's casino industry, which has the potential to become Asia's second largest casino market, following Macau, according to Bloomberg.
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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL (MGM) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 2000.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 67.71% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
- 37.27% is the gross profit margin for MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, MGM's net profit margin of 4.11% significantly trails the industry average.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.98 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, MGM maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.78, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: MGM Ratings Report