The Covid-19 pandemic taught Macao’s casinos to keep their running costs down and that habit won’t change as the territory embarks on its economic recovery.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by JP Morgan and cited by gaming news portal GGR Asia.
The upshot? Casinos can expect a boost in profits in the coming years, with operating costs averaging at 10 percent lower than pre-pandemic levels.
That percentage, analysts say, “may not seem huge on the surface, but this is actually very meaningful” because business is expected to surge, with capacity “20-percent-plus higher in 2024 versus 2019, based on the number of casino hotel rooms”.
The analysts conclude that earnings will “recover to about 100 percent to 110 percent in 2024-2025 versus 2019”.