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A “Wynning” strategy of betting on VIPs


Wynn Macau Top-tier casino operator Wynn has always bet on VIP gamblers. Now it is adopting the same approach with its stock market flotation. Wynn is trying to trump half a dozen recent poor Hong Kong market debuts by shunning fickle retail investors and handpicking money managers who are likely to stay the distance. It remains to be seen whether this strategy can help justify its valuation premium.

Most Hong Kong retail investors sell their shares on the first day of trading for a quick profit. By putting 90 percent of the shares in the hands of institutional buyers, Wynn is aiming to avoid the hit when its shares start trading on Friday.

That’s probably why the stock has not fallen in grey market trading, even though it was priced at HK$10.08, at the top end of the HK$8.52-$10.08 range.

Wynn has specifically obtained a waiver from the Hong Kong stock market to prevent retail investors from holding more than 30 percent of the total shares offered. But this effort turned out to be unnecessary, as private investors are simply not interested.