Why Melco Crown Entertainment is a smart bet

With existing operations and two new casinos in development, don't be surprised if Melco's revenue doubles by 2016.

By Minyanville.com Jun 7, 2013 6:48PM
Melco Crown Entertainment  (MPEL) is engaged in the gaming and hospitality business. The company focuses on developing and operating casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities centered in the Macau market. The stock surged today after Reuters reported that gambling revenue in Macau rose 13.5% in May from a year earlier. Although this figure is lower than what analysts anticipated, they expect that Macau will continue this trend of growth and will continue to surpass year-over-year figures.

Macau is the only place where people can legally gamble at casinos in China. There are currently plans underway to update Macau’s infrastructure, which would increase the number of visitors to the gambling enclave. Among those plans are to build a bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau, shortening the time of travel between these three cities. The bridge is set to become operational in 2016.  

If investors want to get in on the excitement surrounding Macau, analysts recommend MPEL as the best choice. Melco is one of the few casinos that has a license to operate in Macau and is constantly developing new facilities, particularly in the Cotai Strip. Melco currently operates two casinos in Macau and is building a third near the Lotus Bridge called Studio City. Melco’s City of Dreams is Macau’s most successful resort.

Furthermore, Macau is looking to expand into the Philippines as well as other areas in Southeast Asia. Melco has a joint venture to develop a 967-room, 242-table gaming resort that will be completed in 2014; it will be called the Belle Grande Manila Bay, according Reuters. 

Despite its impressive growth of 85% this past year, Melco continues to be a phenomenal stock with plenty of upside. With existing operations and two new casinos in development, don’t be surprised if Melco’s revenue doubles by 2016.

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