An unanimous agreement between Belle Corp & SM Investments Corp from Philippine and Melco Crown Entertainment from Macau for the proposed joint Belle Grande casino in Manila’s Entertainment City project still seems far. The pact inked on 5th July came to an end on Wednesday. Issues like management, operation and funding etc are yet to be finalized with mutual consent.
In fact, the major hurdle for finalizing the matter is the bigger share that each party intends to grab. It has been revealed by some unidentified sources that the Belle Grande project involved less than the highest of $580m by Melco Crown as stated earlier on July 5 while Banco De Oro, under the SM Group made up the difference. It was also divulged that Melco International Development from Hong Kong intended the dual listing on the Manila stock exchange to the tune of $300m with the condition that its proceeds would be utilized for funding its Belle Grande casino project share.
However, Manuel Gana, the CFO of Belle Corp stated that nothing specific came in the way to reach a mutual agreement. Though bound with secrecy, progress of talks was going on with mutual consent, he added.
The Ramon Ang president, San Miguel expressed that Philippines and Singapore properties are flooded with more than 75% of the local customers thereby reducing the household trade to great extent with disintegration of families and marriages. Perhaps the gigantic beer manufacturer of the world opines that gambling contributes much towards separation. He is of the view that if taken in a responsible manner, alcohol is the most acceptable and beneficial stuff. However, he avoided any remarks for application of the same reason in respect of the ventures that do not appeal to him.
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