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Las Vegas Sands Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

May 10, 2011 | About:
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Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-03-31.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a market cap of $31.4 billion; its shares were traded at around $43.22 with a P/E ratio of 34.9 and P/S ratio of 4.6. Las Vegas Sands Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 2.2% over the past 5 years.

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Approximately 74.3% and 59.4% of gross revenue at our Las Vegas Operating Properties for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, was derived from room revenues, food and beverage services, and other non-gaming sources, and 25.7% and 40.6%, respectively, was derived from gaming activities. The percentage of non-gaming revenue reflects the integrated resorts emphasis on the group convention and trade show business.

In May 2009, we partially opened the Sands Bethlehem, a gaming, hotel, retail and dining complex located on the site of the historic Bethlehem Steel Works in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Sands Bethlehem currently features approximately 152,000 square feet of gaming space, which include table games operations that commenced in July 2010. We recommenced construction of a 300-room hotel tower, which is expected to open in the May 2011. We are initiating construction activities on the remaining components of the integrated resort, which include an approximate 200,000-square-foot retail facility and a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose event center. Sands Bethlehem is also expected to be home to the National Museum of Industrial History, an arts and cultural center, and the broadcast home of the local PBS affiliate. We own 86% of the economic interest of the gaming, hotel and entertainment portion of the property through our ownership interest in Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC and more than 35% of the economic interest of the retail portion of the property through our ownership interest in Sands Bethworks Retail LLC. Approximately 92.0% and 91.1% of the gross revenue at Sands Bethlehem for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, was derived from gaming activities, with the remainder derived from food and beverage services and other non-gaming sources.

We own and operate the Sands Macao, the first Las Vegas-style casino in Macau. The Sands Macao includes approximately 197,000 square feet of gaming space; a 289-suite hotel tower; several restaurants; VIP facilities; a theater and other high-end services and amenities. Approximately 94.6% and 94.3% of the gross revenue at the Sands Macao for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, was derived from gaming activities, with the remainder primarily derived from room revenues and food and beverage services.

We also own and operate The Venetian Macao, the anchor property of our master-planned development of integrated resort properties that we refer to as the Cotai Strip in Macau. With a theme similar to that of The Venetian Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao includes a 39-floor luxury hotel with over 2,900 suites; approximately 550,000 square feet of gaming space; a 15,000-seat arena; an 1,800-seat theater; retail and dining space of approximately 1.0 million square feet; and a convention center and meeting room complex of approximately 1.2 million square feet. Approximately 84.0% and 82.3% of the gross revenue at The Venetian Macao for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, was derived from gaming activities, with the remainder derived from room revenues and other non-gaming sources.

Casino revenue measurements for the U.S.: Table games drop (drop) and slot handle (handle) are volume measurements. Win or hold percentage represents the percentage of drop or handle that is won by the casino and recorded as casino revenue. Table games drop represents the sum of markers issued (credit instruments) less markers paid at the table, plus cash deposited in the table drop box. Slot handle is the gross amount wagered for the period cited. We view table games win as a percentage of drop and slot hold as a percentage of slot handle. Based upon our mix of table games, our table games in Las Vegas have produced a trailing 12-month win percentage (calculated before discounts) of 18.8%. Slot machines in Las Vegas and Pennsylvania have produced a trailing 12-month hold percentage (calculated before slot club cash incentives) of 7.8% and 7.1%, respectively. Actual win may vary from the trailing 12-month win and hold percentages. Generally, slot machine play is conducted on a cash basis. In Las Vegas, approximately 71.1% of our table games play, for the three months ended March 31, 2011, was conducted on a credit basis. In Pennsylvania, our table games play, which commenced in July 2010, is primarily conducted on a cash basis. We expect to increase the credit extended to our players as operations ramp up at Sands Bethlehem.

We view Rolling Chip win as a percentage of Rolling Chip volume, Non-Rolling Chip win as a percentage of drop and slot hold as a percentage of slot handle. Win or hold percentage represents the percentage of Rolling Chip volume, Non-Rolling Chip drop or slot handle that is won by the casino and recorded as casino revenue. Based upon our mix of table games, our Rolling Chip win percentage (calculated before discounts and commissions) is expected to be 2.7% to 3.0% and our Non-Rolling Chip table games have produced a trailing 12-month win percentage of 26.2%, 20.3% and 29.1% at The Venetian Macao, Sands Macao and Four Seasons Macao, respectively. Our slot machines produced a trailing 12-month hold percentage of 7.1%, 5.9% and 5.9% at The Venetian Macao, Sands Macao and Four Seasons Macao, respectively. Actual win may vary from the trailing 12-month win and hold percentages. In Macau, 33.3% of our table games play was conducted on a credit basis for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This percentage is expected to increase as we continue to extend credit to our premium players and junket operators for table games play. In Singapore, 35.8% of table games play was conducted on a credit basis for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This percentage is expected to increase as we increase the credit extended to our premium players and as our operations ramp up at Marina Bay Sands.

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