Macau's casinos may have bright earnings prospects as they look to tap the vast Chinese market, but after many of the operators' shares more than doubled this year, is it too late to make a bet?
Analysts are positive on the outlook for growth at Macau's casinos. The Chinese administrative region is likely to see its gaming and hotel sectors grow by 8-16 percent by the end of 2014, according to Jon Oh, an analyst at CLSA.
"The penetration rate is only just starting," he told CNBC. "Macau on average is only getting roughly 1.4 percent of Chinese people penetrating into the market. That's a very small number. It's still far away from saturation."
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He noted the U.S. casino market is valued at around $62 billion on a population size around a quarter the size of China's.
Others agree. "There's a great future in these companies, like Sands, like all the other casinos that we have in Macau," said Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group. Its parent, Franklin Templeton Investments, has over $817 billion under management.
"We're very positive on Macau and the casinos because they're being transformed from being strictly casinos to entertainment complexes. And it looks like Macau is going to become the sort of entertainment center for China," he told CNBC.