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IMF warns Italy over plans to lower retirement age

ROME, Feb 7 — The International Monetary Fund yesterday criticised Italy's plans to lower the retirement age, saying they would cut the country's growth potential and add to an already high pension bill. In a report following its annual Article IV…

Govt’s economic, anti-corruption policies will drive 2019’s business performance

KUCHING: The new government’s several policies addressing economic and anti-corruption themes will drive Malaysia’s business performance in 2019. According to respondents to the inaugural joint Business and Economic Outlook 2019 Report released jointly by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Malaysia, government policies in addressing economic issues […]

Resolving Malaysia’s airport conundrum

The story of tenants not seeing eye to eye with landlords is one that endures the test of time. Tenants often find fault with their landlords in upholding their rented property’s expectations, whilst landlords feel they do their level best to provide what they deem as meeting the bar. Whilst mostly common in the property […]

German media: VW says diesel scandal cleanup to cost €2b in 2019

FRANKFURT, Dec 22 — Volkswagen’s cleanup of a diesel cheating scandal will cost it €5.5 billion (RM26.1 billion) in 2018 and around €2 billion in 2019, Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter told German weekly Boersen-Zeitung. Since 2015, the…

Japan wants trade imbalances, ageing population on agenda

BUENOS AIRES: Japan will put issues ranging from global trade imbalances to the impact of ageing populations on the agenda when it chairs next year’s meetings of leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies, government officials said. At the end of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Finance Minister Taro Aso unveiled the […]

Genting Malaysia posts RM1.5 billion net loss

PETALING JAYA: Genting Malaysia Bhd swung into a net loss of RM1.49 billion for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2018, on a RM1.83 billion impairment loss on the group’s investment in the promissory notes issued by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Tribe).

The impairment loss was due to the uncertainty of recovery in the group’s investment following the US Federal Government’s decision concluding that the Tribe did not satisfy the conditions under the Indian Reorganisation Act that allows the Tribe to have the land in trust for an integrated gaming resort development.

However, the group continues to work closely with the Tribe on options that include a legislation being introduced in US Congress which, if passed, will entail the US Federal Government to reaffirm the land in trust for the benefit of the Tribe.

The impairment loss can be reversed when the promissory notes are assessed to be recoverable.

For the corresponding quarter in the preceding year, the group made a net profit of RM193.77 million.

Revenue was up 14.51% to RM2.6 billion, compared with RM 2.27 billion with higher volume of business in the mass market segment following the opening of new facilities and attractions under the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan, which have been well received.

In a separate statement, the group said it is cautious on the opportunities and growth potential of the leisure and hospitality industry amid the uncertain consumer spending environment.

In Malaysia, the announcement of a revision in casino duties and casino license fees in Budget 2019 will impact the group’s earnings next year.

The group is reviewing its marketing strategies and will streamline its operations and cost structure to mitigate the impact of the tax increases.

In the meantime, the group remains focused on the progressive roll out of the new Skytropolis Funland indoor theme park this year.

In the UK, the group said it is committed to improving overall business efficiency and growing its market share in this segment.

While in the US, the group will continue intensifying its direct marketing efforts to increase visitation and frequency of play at the property.

Genting Malaysia’s performance in the third quarter pushed the group into net losses for the cumulative nine-month period ended Sept 30, 2018 of RM739.73 million, compared with a net profit of RM711.51 million for the corresponding period in the preceding year.

Revenue for the period was 9.35% higher at RM7.42 billion, compared with RM679 billion.

Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs after Monsanto takeover

BERLIN, Nov 30 — German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer said yesterday it would slash 12,000 jobs in a major restructuring following the mammoth takeover of Monsanto, enabling it to save €2.6 billion (RM12.34 billion) a year from 2022….

Murphy Oil in talks to sell Malaysian oil and gas assets, say sources

SINGAPORE, Nov 29 — Murphy Oil Corporation is in talks to sell its Malaysian oil and gas assets after an unsolicited bid that could fetch between Us$2 billion and US$3 billion (RM8.38-12.57 billion), people familiar with the matter said, in the…

US Q3 growth unrevised, headwinds increasing

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 — The US economy slowed in the third quarter as previously reported, but the pace was likely strong enough to keep growth on track to hit the Trump administration's 3 per cent target this year, even as momentum appears to have…

Angel investments set to double in two years

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — The Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN) expects angel investment in the country to double in the next two years from US$10 million (US$1=RM4.19) invested in 2017-2018. President Dr Sivapalan Vivekarajah said Malaysia had…