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-City of Dreams lifts Belle Corp’s 2017 bottom line to $67.5M-

Vibrant gambling activity in City of Dreams has lifted the consolidated net income of Philippine-listed gaming and property firm Belle Corporation by 13 percent in 2017.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Belle reported that its consolidated net income grew to PHP3.5 billion ($67.5 million) last year, compared to P3.1 billion ($59.67 million) in 2016.

Excluding capital gains on sales of non-core investments and non-recurring items, Belle’s recurring net income jumped 58 percent to PHP3.3 billion ($63.52 million) for

2017, compared to its recurring net income of P2.1 billion ($40.43 million) for 2016.

Belle’s principal assets include land and buildings located at the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s Entertainment City in Paranaque City, which are being leased on a long-term basis to Melco Resorts & Entertainment.

Most of the property hosts the City of Dreams Manila gaming and resort operations, which encompasses 6.2 hectares of land and more than 30 hectares in building gross floor area.

Through its 78.7 percent-owned subsidiary Premium Leisure Corp. (PLC), Belle’s gaming income from City of Dreams grew 59 percent to PHP2.6 billion ($50.1 million) from PHP1.6 billion ($30.8 million).

Belle’s real estate unit, on the other hand, remitted a total of PHP3.1 billion ($59.67 million) in revenues last year, a 10% growth from PHP2.8 billion ($53.9 million) in 2016.

The bulk of the revenue of Belle’s real estate unit came from Belle’s lease to Melco Resorts and Entertainment Philippines Corporation of the land and buildings that comprise City of Dreams Manila.

Data showed that Belle earned PHP2.3 billion ($44.28 million) from leasing its property to Melco. The remaining PHP823 million ($15.84 million) revenue came from real estate sales and property management activities from its other properties in the Philippines.

Last month, Belle greenlit a regular dividend of PHP0.12 ($.0023) per share, for a total dividend payment of around PHP1.3 billion ($25.03 million), payable on March 23 to shareholders on record as of March 9.