Macau revenue down 94.5% in July despite month-on-month rise

3 August 2020

Gaming revenue in Macau improved month-on-month in July, but remained 94.5% below the same month of 2019 at $1.34bn (£127.5m/€141.9m/$167.1m).

The 87.7% improvement from June's MOP716m came after the province of Guangdong lifted its mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people entering from Macau from 15 July.

However, those returning to Guangdong are still required to remain in one of nine cities in the province, including its four largest cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Foshan.

In addition, those who enter Guangdong from Macau without a quarantine must not have travelled overseas within 14 days prior to coming to the province, must sign a health declaration and sign up for a health app and must have a negative Covid-19 test completed within seven days of travelling.

However, despite numbers rising month-on-month, they remained more than 90% below the prior year’s figures for the fourth consecutive month and more than 75% below the previous year for the sixth straight month.

For the year so far, Macau’s revenue is now down 79.8% to MOP35.06bn, of which 63.21% was made in January, when revenue was still down 11.3% year-on-year.

Last week, Macau casino operator SJM Holdings admitted that gross gaming revenue, as well as non-gaming amenities will be negatively affected by novel coronavirus “for an indefinite period”, after reporting an HK$1.41bn (£140.9m/€155.3m/US$181.9m) loss for the first half of 2020.

The holding company behind Sociedade de Jogos de Macau reported a 74.4% year-on-year decline in net revenue to HK$4.37bn for the six months to 30 June, a period that saw casinos closed for 15 days in February.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas Sands saw revenue fall 73.1% year-on-year for the six months ended 30 June, 2020 as its Macau revenue dropped 80.7% to $861m with revenue from its Venetian Macau property falling 80.4% to $343m.

In June, the University of Macau's Centre for Macau Studies and the Department of Economics revised their projections for Macau's 2020 GDP down further. The new projections predict a drop of between 54.5% and 60.0%.