Sky City is the largest shareholding in the Share Investor Portfolio and indications from the company in October for first quarter revenues for 2009 were up 3% year on year, excluding its high-roller and money losing cinema divisions.
Standout performers in the first quarter were its Darwin and Queenstown properties (both up 7%), but the company’s Auckland casino, where the bulk of revenue is derived, was down 2%.
As this excerpt from a mid 2008 letter to shareholders the focus will be on cutting costs:"Our shareholders have made it clear to us that they want us to focus on maximising the performance of the assets we operate. This is what we will be doing. as we have said previously, we expect to achieve this within an 18-month time frame. We will retain tight control over capital and not expend capital unless we are very confident of healthy returns for shareholders".
This cost cutting was first apparent in the previous interim result in Feb 2008 and continued through to the 2008 Full Year result in August of the same year.
Clearly if first quarter 2009 revenue has continued into the second quarter and cost cutting has further strengthened then Monday's result will be a good one.
The only two wildcards will be the massive economic slowdown since October and wins/losses from the high rollers, which can alter the result markedly.
For a more extended analysis of what might be see Value Cruncher for Reuters and other analyst's outlooks on revenue and profit margins for Sky City to June 2011.
Sky City shares reached near multi-year lows on Friday 20 Feb closing on overall market weakness.
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| SKYCITY will announce the 2009 Interim results on Monday 23rd February 2009.|
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