Sands Tumbles as Singapore Shortfall Weighs on Earnings

(Bloomberg) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. fell as much 6 percent after the world’s largest casino operator posted second-quarter earnings that missed analysts’ estimates, the result of lower house winnings in Singapore.

Shares of Las Vegas Sands fell as low as $70.58 in New York. The stock was up 8.1 percent this year as of Wednesday.

Fewer bets and a lower win percentage trimmed results at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the company said Wednesday. Industrywide revenue in Macau, the only place in China where casino-style betting is legal, stayed strong despite fears that the World Cup or a brewing trade war with the U.S. would keep visitors away. Betting in Macau rose 17 percent to 73.7 billion patacas ($9.12 billion) in the quarter.

The company, founded by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, reported second-quarter profit edged up to 74 cents a share, excluding some items, trailing expectations of 78 cents. Revenue at the Las Vegas-based company rose 6.2 percent to $3.3 billion, exceeding the $3.28 billion projected by Wall Street.

In Macau, Sands’ earnings totaled $750 million, compared with the $751 million average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The enclave is the company’s biggest market, at 59 percent of revenue.

Profit in Singapore, where Sands does about a fourth of its business, slumped 25 percent, while earnings in Las Vegas fell 2.5 percent.

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