Genting Singapore has revealed a maximum budget of US$10 billion for integrated resort (IR) development in Japan.
The figure formed part of a circular to shareholders to gain approval to proceed with “one or more bids” for the development, operation, management and ownership of an IR project in Japan.
In announcing the EGM, Genting Singapore explained it is seeking shareholder approval to undertake its Japan IR project on “such terms and conditions as the Directors deem fit” and to allow the Directors authorisation to “do all such things and execute all documents as they may consider necessary or expedient to give effect to the Proposed Bid and the Company’s investment in the Japan IR project.”
However, any investment in Japan would not top US$10 billion with Genting Singapore stating it is “cognisant that, for the purposes of good corporate governance, such approval of shareholders should not be for an ‘un-capped’ amount. Hence, the Company is seeking the approval of Shareholders to submit a Proposed Bid with respect to any one prefecture or city with an investment amount not exceeding US$10 billion (approximately SG$13.6 billion.”
Genting Singapore added that, while it may submit multiple IR bids in Japan, it will not develop and operate more than one IR in Japan in the first seven years after receiving approval by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for its first IR.
“The Group’s strong financial position puts it in an exceptional position to develop a truly transformational project in Japan. The Japan IR investment will enable the Group to optimize its balance sheet and create attractive and sustainable returns to Shareholders in the medium and longer term, as it did with the Singapore IR (Resorts World Sentosa). The Company expects the return of the Japan IR project to be commensurate with market expectations and conditions of similar projects in the leisure, hospitality and gaming industry,” Genting Singapore said.