Wynn Resorts (WYNN) Stock Gained on Softening of Macau Visa Rules

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) finished the day in the green, up by 5.05% to $98.67 at the close on Tuesday afternoon, as casino stocks got a jolt from China's decision to ease visa restrictions to mainland tourists traveling to the Macau gaming district.

Tourists holding passports from mainland China may now stay seven days in Macau, up from the current five day limitation, China's Xinhua News agency said, Bloomberg reports.

"High-frequency gamblers across segments can now visit twice every 30-days vs. twice every 60 days," UBS Securities Anthony Wong said in a note, Bloomberg added.

Last year, China's government began restricting the length of time tourists from the mainland may spend in the gambling hub as part of its anticorruption and cheating crackdown.

The anticorruption initiative has kept many high stakes players away from the gambling tables and the Macau district has faced a year of consecutive monthly revenue declines.

On Tuesday, Macau initiated a full smoking ban in casinos, which is anticipated to further hurt Macau, Bloomberg noted.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates WYNN RESORTS LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WYNN RESORTS LTD (WYNN) 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • WYNN, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 27.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 37.98% is the gross profit margin for WYNN RESORTS LTD which we consider to be strong. Regardless of WYNN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WYNN's net profit margin of -4.08% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 51.88%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 119.81% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 119.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $226.90 million to -$44.60 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$15.01 million or 107.17% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: WYNN Ratings Report

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