Donaco casinos take FY20 beating, FY21 uncertain

Asian casino operator Donaco International took a beating in its most recent fiscal year and isn’t making any forecasts for the year ahead.

On Monday, the Australian-listed Donaco reported that it had booked a net loss of AU$59m (US$43.5m) in the 12 months ending June 30, a significant improvement over fiscal 2019’s AU$198m loss. Group revenue declined 38% to AU$53.5m while earnings slipped nearly two-thirds to AU$10.3m.

Donaco attributed the bulk of the net loss to a non-cash impairment charge of AU$50.5m after downgrading the value of the gaming license at its main Star Vegas property in Poipet, Cambodia. The company took the hit based on the uncertainty surrounding Star Vegas, which closed in April due to COVID-19 and hasn’t yet received Cambodia’s permission to reopen.

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