Studio City International Holdings Limited Announces Unaudited First Quarter 2024 Earnings

MACAU, April 30, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Studio City International Holdings Limited (NYSE: MSC) (“Studio City” or the “Company”), a world-class integrated resort located in Cotai, Macau, today reported its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2024.

Total operating revenues for the first quarter of 2024 were US$150.2 million, compared with total operating revenues of US$51.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The change was primarily attributable to the continued recovery in inbound tourism during the first quarter of 2024, and the opening of Studio City Phase 2 in April 2023, which led to an increase in revenue from casino contract and higher non-gaming revenues.

Studio City Casino generated gross gaming revenues of US$318.4 million and US$146.7 million for the first quarters of 2024 and 2023, respectively.

Studio City Casino’s rolling chip volume was US$525.8 million in the first quarter of 2024 versus US$718.5 million in the first quarter of 2023. The rolling chip win rate was 3.72% in the first quarter of 2024 versus 1.59% in the first quarter of 2023. The expected rolling chip win rate range is 2.85%-3.15%.

Mass market table games drop increased to US$923.3 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared with US$480.6 million in the first quarter of 2023. The mass market table games hold percentage was 29.5% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 24.7% in the first quarter of 2023.

Gaming machine handle for the first quarter of 2024 was US$824.3 million, compared with US$431.7 million in the first quarter of 2023. The gaming machine win rate was 3.2% in the first quarter of 2024, compared with 3.8% in the first quarter of 2023.

Revenue from casino contract was US$66.9 million for the first quarter of 2024, compared with revenue from casino contract of US$18.7 million for the first quarter of 2023. Revenue from casino contract is net of gaming taxes and the costs incurred in connection with the on-going operation of the Studio City Casino which are deducted by Melco Resorts (Macau) Limited, the gaming operator of the Studio City Casino (the “Gaming Operator”).

Total gaming taxes and the costs incurred in connection with the on-going operation of the Studio City Casino deducted from gross gaming revenues were US$251.5 million and US$128.0 million in the first quarters of 2024 and 2023, respectively.

Total non-gaming revenues at Studio City for the first quarter of 2024 were US$83.3 million, compared with US$32.7 million for the first quarter of 2023.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2024 was US$16.1 million, compared with operating loss of US$26.9 million in the first quarter of 2023.

Studio City generated Adjusted EBITDA(1) of US$66.2 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared with Adjusted EBITDA of US$9.1 million in the first quarter of 2023. The change was mainly attributable to the increase in revenue from casino contract and higher non-gaming revenues.

Net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited for the first quarter of 2024 was US$14.6 million, compared with net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited of US$38.0 million in the first quarter of 2023. The net loss attributable to participation interest was US$1.4 million and US$3.6 million in the first quarters of 2024 and 2023, respectively.

Other Factors Affecting Earnings

Total net non-operating expenses for the first quarter of 2024 were US$32.0 million, which mainly included interest expense of US$34.8 million, partially offset by interest income of US$1.6 million.

Depreciation and amortization costs of US$50.1 million were recorded in the first quarter of 2024, of which US$0.8 million was related to the amortization expense for the land use right.

The Adjusted EBITDA for Studio City for the three months ended March 31, 2024 referred to in the earnings release of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (“Melco”) dated April 30, 2024 (“Melco’s earnings release”) was US$21.7 million more than the Adjusted EBITDA of Studio City contained in this press release. The Adjusted EBITDA of Studio City contained in this press release includes certain intercompany charges that are not included in the Adjusted EBITDA for Studio City contained in Melco’s earnings release. Such intercompany charges include, among other items, fees and shared service charges billed between the Company and its subsidiaries and certain subsidiaries of Melco. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA of Studio City included in Melco’s earnings release does not reflect certain gaming concession related costs and certain intercompany costs related to the table games operations at Studio City Casino.

Financial Position and Capital Expenditures

Total cash and bank balances as of March 31, 2024 aggregated to US$218.1 million (December 31, 2023: US$228.2 million), including US$0.1 million of restricted cash (December 31, 2023: US$0.1 million). Total debt, net of unamortized deferred financing costs and original issue premiums, at the end of the first quarter of 2024 was US$2.34 billion (December 31, 2023: US$2.34 billion).

Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2024 were US$10.8 million.

Recent Developments

On April 8, 2024, Studio City Finance Limited (“Studio City Finance”) announced that it initiated a cash tender offer for up to an aggregate principal amount of US$100,000,000 of its outstanding 6.000% senior notes due 2025 (the “Notes” and such tender offer, the “Tender Offer”). The early tender period expired on April 19, 2024 (the “Early Tender Date”) and at the Early Tender Date, valid tenders had been received (and not validly withdrawn) with respect to US$307,150,000 aggregate principal amount of the Notes. An aggregate principal amount equal to US$100,029,000 of the tendered Notes have been accepted by Studio City Finance for repurchase and cancelled.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Studio City International Holdings Limited (the “Company”) may also make forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, (i) the pace of recovery from the impact of COVID-19 on our business, our industry and the global economy, (ii) risks associated with the amended Macau gaming law and its implementation by the Macau government, (iii) changes in the gaming market and visitations in Macau, (iv) capital and credit market volatility, (v) local and global economic conditions, (vi) our anticipated growth strategies, (vii) gaming authority and other governmental approvals and regulations, and (viii) our future business development, results of operations and financial condition. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”, “aim”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “believe”, “potential”, “continue”, “is/are likely to” or other similar expressions. Further information regarding these and other risks, uncertainties or factors is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(1)   “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net income/loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, pre-opening costs, property charges and other and other non-operating income and expenses. Adjusted EBITDA is presented exclusively as supplemental disclosures because management believes it is widely used to measure the performance, and as a basis for valuation, of gaming companies. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA to measure our operating performance and to compare our operating performance with those of our competitors. 
     
    The Company also presents Adjusted EBITDA because it is used by some investors as a way to measure a company’s ability to incur and service debt, make capital expenditures, and meet working capital requirements. Gaming companies have historically reported similar measure as supplements to financial measures in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, in particular, U.S. GAAP or International Financial Reporting Standards. However, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating income/loss as an indicator of the Company’s performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as measures of liquidity, or as an alternative to any other measure determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Unlike net income/loss, Adjusted EBITDA does not include depreciation and amortization or interest expense and, therefore, do not reflect current or future capital expenditures or the cost of capital. The Company recognizes these limitations and uses Adjusted EBITDA as only one of several comparative tools, together with U.S. GAAP measurements, to assist in the evaluation of operating performance.
     
    Such U.S. GAAP measurements include operating income/loss, net income/loss, cash flows from operations and cash flow data. The Company has significant uses of cash flows, including capital expenditures, interest payments, debt principal repayments, taxes and other recurring and nonrecurring charges, which are not reflected in Adjusted EBITDA. Also, the Company’s calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the calculation methods used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited. The use of Adjusted EBITDA has material limitations as an analytical tool, as Adjusted EBITDA does not include all items that impact our net income/loss. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA with the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP are provided herein immediately following the financial statements included in this press release.  
     
(2)   “Adjusted net income/loss” is net income/loss before pre-opening costs and property charges and other, net of participation interest. Adjusted net income/loss is presented as supplemental disclosure because management believes it provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our performance, in addition to income/loss computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted net income/loss may be different from the calculation methods used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited. Reconciliations of adjusted net income/loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited with the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP are provided herein immediately following the financial statements included in this press release.

About Studio City International Holdings Limited

The Company, with its American depositary shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MSC), is a world-class integrated resort located in Cotai, Macau. For more information about the Company, please visit www.studiocity-macau.com.

The Company is majority owned by Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, a company with its American depositary shares listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (Nasdaq: MLCO).

For the investment community, please contact:
Jeanny Kim
Senior Vice President, Group Treasurer
Tel: +852 2598 3698
Email: [email protected]

For media enquiries, please contact:
Chimmy Leung
Executive Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: +852 31513765
Email: [email protected]

           
Studio City International Holdings Limited and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2024     2023  
           
Operating revenues:          
Revenue from casino contract $ 66,887     $ 18,724  
Rooms   38,523       12,896  
Food and beverage   18,922       9,265  
Entertainment   8,392       1,677  
Services fee   12,428       6,203  
Mall   4,320       2,136  
Retail and other   685       566  
Total operating revenues   150,157       51,467  
           
Operating costs and expenses:          
Costs related to casino contract   (8,158 )     (6,859 )
Rooms   (11,416 )     (3,402 )
Food and beverage   (17,647 )     (8,240 )
Entertainment   (9,263 )     (1,393 )
Mall   (1,634 )     (376 )
Retail and other   (447 )     (373 )
General and administrative   (35,392 )     (21,735 )
Pre-opening costs   (59 )     (5,164 )
Amortization of land use right   (826 )     (824 )
Depreciation and amortization   (49,296 )     (29,747 )
Property charges and other   60       (290 )
Total operating costs and expenses   (134,078 )     (78,403 )
Operating income (loss)   16,079       (26,936 )
Non-operating income (expenses):          
Interest income   1,588       2,554  
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized   (34,791 )     (21,099 )
Other financing costs   (104 )     (103 )
Foreign exchange gains, net   1,320       3,959  
Other income         1  
Total non-operating expenses, net   (31,987 )     (14,688 )
Loss before income tax   (15,908 )     (41,624 )
Income tax (expense) benefit   (43 )     20  
Net loss   (15,951 )     (41,604 )
Net loss attributable to participation interest   1,372       3,579  
Net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited $ (14,579 )   $ (38,025 )
           
Net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited per Class A ordinary share:      
Basic and diluted $ (0.019 )   $ (0.049 )
           
Net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited per ADS:          
Basic and diluted $ (0.076 )   $ (0.197 )
           
Weighted average Class A ordinary shares outstanding used in net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited per Class A ordinary share calculation:          
Basic and diluted   770,352,700       770,352,700  
           

Studio City International Holdings Limited and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
           
  March 31,   December 31,
  2024     2023  
  (Unaudited)      
ASSETS          
           
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 217,992     $ 228,040  
Accounts receivable, net   1,974       2,281  
Receivables from affiliated companies   31,124       40,969  
Inventories   6,047       5,763  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   33,559       38,997  
Total current assets   290,696       316,050  
           
Property and equipment, net   2,734,167       2,775,806  
Intangible assets, net         5  
Long-term prepayments, deposits and other assets   34,273       27,787  
Restricted cash   129       130  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   11,595       11,619  
Land use right, net   104,320       105,304  
Total assets $ 3,175,180     $ 3,236,701  
           
LIABILITIES, SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND          
  PARTICIPATION INTEREST          
           
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable $ 1,840     $ 2,454  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   95,824       135,514  
Income tax payable   10       10  
Payables to affiliated companies   18,012       18,799  
Total current liabilities   115,686       156,777  
           
Long-term debt, net   2,335,991       2,335,173  
Other long-term liabilities   3,347       3,209  
Deferred tax liabilities, net   351       309  
Operating lease liabilities, non-current   12,472       12,250  
Total liabilities   2,467,847       2,507,718  
           
Shareholders’ equity and participation interest:          
Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0001; 1,927,488,240 shares authorized; 770,352,700 shares issued and outstanding   77       77  
Class B ordinary shares, par value $0.0001; 72,511,760 shares authorized; 72,511,760 shares issued and outstanding   7       7  
Additional paid-in capital   2,477,359       2,477,359  
Accumulated other comprehensive losses   (17,864 )     (12,656 )
Accumulated losses   (1,813,262 )     (1,798,683 )
Total shareholders’ equity   646,317       666,104  
Participation interest   61,016       62,879  
Total shareholders’ equity and participation interest   707,333       728,983  
Total liabilities, shareholders’ equity and participation interest $ 3,175,180     $ 3,236,701  
           

Studio City International Holdings Limited and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited to
Adjusted Net Loss Attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2024     2023  
           
Net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited $ (14,579 )   $ (38,025 )
Pre-opening costs   59       5,164  
Property charges and other   (60 )     290  
Participation interest impact on adjustments         (469 )
Adjusted net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited $ (14,580 )   $ (33,040 )
           
Adjusted net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited per Class A ordinary share:          
Basic and diluted $ (0.019 )   $ (0.043 )
           
Adjusted net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited per ADS:          
Basic and diluted $ (0.076 )   $ (0.172 )
           
Weighted average Class A ordinary shares outstanding used in adjusted net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited per Class A ordinary share calculation:          
Basic and diluted   770,352,700       770,352,700  
           

Studio City International Holdings Limited and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2024     2023  
       
Operating income (loss) $ 16,079     $ (26,936 )
Pre-opening costs   59       5,164  
Depreciation and amortization   50,122       30,571  
Property charges and other   (60 )     290  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 66,200     $ 9,089  
           

Studio City International Holdings Limited and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited
 to Adjusted EBITDA (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2024     2023  
       
Net loss attributable to Studio City International Holdings Limited $ (14,579 )   $ (38,025 )
Net loss attributable to participation interest   (1,372 )     (3,579 )
Net loss   (15,951 )     (41,604 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   43       (20 )
Interest and other non-operating expenses, net   31,987       14,688  
Depreciation and amortization   50,122       30,571  
Property charges and other   (60 )     290  
Pre-opening costs   59       5,164  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 66,200     $ 9,089  
           

Studio City International Holdings Limited and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Data Schedule
                 
            Three Months Ended
            March 31,
              2024       2023  
Room Statistics:            
    Average daily rate (3)     $ 159     $ 107  
    Occupancy per available room     96%       76%  
    Revenue per available room (4)   $ 152     $ 82  
                 
Other Information:            
    Average number of table games     246       246  
    Average number of gaming machines     670       677  
    Table games win per unit per day (5)   $ 13,031     $ 5,879  
    Gaming machines win per unit per day (6) $ 437     $ 272  
                 
                 
(3) Average daily rate is calculated by dividing total room revenues including complimentary rooms (less service charges, if any) by total occupied rooms including complimentary rooms
(4) Revenue per available room is calculated by dividing total room revenues including complimentary rooms (less service charges, if any) by total rooms available
(5) Table games win per unit per day is shown before discounts, commissions, non-discretionary incentives (including the point-loyalty programs) as administered by the Gaming Operator and allocating casino revenues related to goods and services provided to gaming patrons on a complimentary basis
(6) Gaming machines win per unit per day is shown before non-discretionary incentives (including the point-loyalty programs) as administered by the Gaming Operator and allocating casino revenues related to goods and services provided to gaming patrons on a complimentary basis

 

 


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