Is this Casino Stock a Gamble or Sure Thing?

Wynn Resorts will report earnings on Nov. 4

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Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) is a high-end hotel resort and casino developer based out of Las Vegas. The company currently has two locations in Las Vegas and three in Macau. Its sixth and newest location is in Boston. Like every travel-adjacent stock in the stock market, WYNN stock has taken a hit since the beginning of 2020. WYNN is down more than 50% from its 52-week high of $153.41 on Jan. 21, but has also distanced itself over 50% above its 52-week low of $35.84 from March 18. This volatility is a signal of uncertainty amongst investors. A look into Wynn’s fundamentals should clarify the stock's backdrop.

Wynn Resorts has a market cap of $7.99 billion and a book value of $5.78 per share. Its price-to-book (P/B) ratio currently stands at 12.65. The company has a trailing price-earnings (P/E) ratio of 52.91 and a forward P/E ratio of 11.39.

Wynn has missed expectations on its four latest earnings reports. Most recently, the company missed their target by $1.16. They reported a loss of of $6.14 instead of the expected $4.98 hit. As for Wynn's upcoming earnings report, the company is expected to report losses -$3.78 and subsequently resume its upward trajectory from the fourth quarter of 2019. In the first quarter of this year, Wynn reported a huge earnings miss of $2.70 in EPS. The missed expectation margins were significantly smaller in subsequent fiscal quarters, Q3 and Q4, of 2019. Wynn Resorts has a trailing 12-month EPS of -$10.46.

Revenue growth was report on an annual basis from 2016 through 2018. In fact, in 2017, Wynn's revenue increased nearly $2 billion year-over-year. Wynn was able maintain its revenue level in 2019. As expected, though, Wynn's revenue decreased drastically since the beginning of 2020. Over the last 4 years, the company's net income has been largely inconsistent. Though, over the past four quarters, Wynn has consistently seen a decline in net income. According to the balance sheet, Wynn Resorts currently has $3.8 billion in cash and $12.93 billion in total debt. The company’s balance sheet shows $13.87 billion in total assets and $12.33 billion in total liabilities. Wynn's total equity stands at $1.54 billion.

Wynn Resorts has paid dividends consistently since 2010 before cutting them off completely this year. Wynn last paid a dividend of $1.00 per share. The $4.00 annual dividend Wynn paid in 2019 came at a dividend yield of 5.5%.

Wynn has obviously been impacted financially by the pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions. The damage done to the travel industry will likely take years to repair. As a long-term dividend play, there won’t likely be another opportunity to pick up Wynn stock at such a low price.

The company is likely to avoid bankruptcy, as it has already gotten through the supposed "worst" of this pandemic. Wynn opened its Las Vegas locations again in June and has current plans to accommodate its business as the coronavirus pandemic continues. CEO Matt Maddox publicly released the company’s plans to make immediate testing available at all of their resorts. Furthermore, the company plans to set up an extensive system that will keep its customers as safe as possible. Details of this plan include a specialized app and an on-site lab for testing.

In short, Wynn Resorts is a steal for long-term and dividend investors if one believes travel will resume at some point in the future.


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