Macau’s depressed GGR figure for August suggests a slower than hoped September, however the outlook is positive for a strong October Golden Week according to analysts.
Although August GGR of MOP$4.44 billion was 47.4% lower than July with a daily run rate of MOP$143 million, JP Morgan’s DS Kim, Amanda Cheng and Livy Lyu noted that the rate had improved to MOP$230 per day during the last week of August.
“While one week doesn’t make a trend, a near instant recovery post border normalization bodes well for upcoming high season in 4Q, including the October Golden Week,” they wrote in a Wednesday note.
“September is unlikely to be upbeat given seasonality, but we’re hopeful to see GGR back on solid recovery path in October which we expect to print a post-pandemic high of ~MOP$350 million per day versus May’s MOP$337 million per day.”
The rising trend comes with most restrictions between Macau and mainland China now eased, including the lifting of the validity period for COVID-19 tests from 48 hours to 7 days for arrivals. There are still restrictions for arrivals from 13 cities in seven provinces, however.
Brokerage Bernstein said it expects GGR to increase by around 70% in September compared with August but has also forecast a more meaningful uptick starting in October.