The world’s leading gambling companies saw more than US$ 100 billion wiped off their stock market valuations in 2014.
Global Betting and Gaming Consultants’ GBGC 50 index tracks the performance of the world’s 50 largest gambling companies (by market capitalisation from gambling activities). Between January 2014 and January 2015 the value of the GBGC 50 index fell by 28% from 237 points to 172 points.
The top 10 companies in the GBGC 50 index are dominated by Macau gaming stocks like Sands China, Galaxy Entertainment and SJM Holdings. Consequently, the poor performance of Macau’s gaming sector in 2014 (by Macau’s own stellar standards) has had a dramatic effect of the GBGC 50 overall.
As a result, Las Vegas Sands has dislodged its sister company Sands China from the top spot in the index but the top 10 is still predominantly composed of Asian-facing gaming operators. If Macau’s casinos have another difficult year then the GBGC 50 index could continue its slide in 2015.