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LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Genting Hong Kong posts good growth profile in Q1 2011

This, as NCL’s results released in May showed a 37.5% YoY increase to US$81.9m.

According to Kim Eng, Genting Hong Kong’s share price has retreated recently in tandem with that of Genting Singapore. Though the duo’s share prices have been highly correlated, we believe GENHK offers a different growth profile and should be looked at independently. The fall in share price has made GENHK attractive, offering a good buying opportunity. Reiterate BUY with target price unchanged at US$0.54.

Here’s more from Kim Eng:

According to International Financial Review Asia, Travellers International, the operator of Resorts World Manila (RWM), could be planning an initial public offering. While GENHK did not comment on this piece of news, we see it as a positive development that could unlock the hidden value of Travellers. A public listing would also provide more clarity on the operating data of its casino business.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), on the other hand, could push back its listing until next year, in our opinion, given the current weak market conditions. We do not think this is a negative as it is possible that NCL could receive a higher valuation if supported by improved operating figures coupled with potentially better equity market conditions next year.

NCL’s 1Q11 results, released in May, showed a 37.5% YoY increase in adjusted EBITDA to US$81.9m, in line with our expectation. Despite a 6.6% rise in fuel price, the cruise operator registered a 1.3% YoY drop in net cruise cost per capacity day, owing to pricing discipline, cost control and economies of scale. This indicates that the cruise business is indeed improving. However, if oil prices continue to head north, NCL would inevitably feel some margin pressure.

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