Las Vegas Sands Settles Macau Dispute

Date : 03/14/2019 @ 11:38PM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS)
Quote : 59.57  -1.63 (-2.66%) @ 9:52PM
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Las Vegas Sands Settles Macau Dispute

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   By Maria Armental 
 

A years-old dispute over casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's entry into the high-stakes Macau market that Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) twice lost--and successfully appealed--came to an abrupt end Thursday.

Financial terms of the settlement weren't disclosed but resolves a breach-of-contract dispute originally filed in Nevada in 2004 by Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen.

A Las Vegas Sands representative declined to comment.

A lawyer for Mr. Suen couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

The Hong Kong businessman had said he was hired by the casino giant to curry favor with the Chinese government in the early 2000s and that he and his company, Round Square Co., were owed more than $300 million.

He twice prevailed in his claim--first with a $58.6 million award and later with a $70 million award. In both cases, Las Vegas Sands successfully appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

The settlement came on what was to be the second day of the latest trial that included videotaped testimony from Mr. Adelson, the company's chairman and chief executive, who is being treated for cancer.

Sands, which in 2009 settled a similar lawsuit for $42.5 million, also faces a lawsuit in Macau filed by Taiwanese businessman Marshall Hao and his company, Asian American Entertainment Corp.

Macau, the world's largest gambling market, has been a crucial piece in the expansion of major U.S. gambling companies.

Las Vegas Sands began operations in the Chinese territory in 2002; its subconcession runs through June 2022. In 2018, Macau accounted for nearly $9 billion, or roughly 63% of Las Vegas Sands' revenue, and more than half of its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.

 

-- Kate O'Keeffe contributed to this article.

 
 

Write to Maria Armental at maria.armental@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 14, 2019 19:23 ET (23:23 GMT)

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