After weeks of speculation, that had analysts estimating the size of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) initial public offering in Hong Kong at between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion, documents that surfaced Monday indicated the goal will be $2.5 billion.
The size is consistent with the business philosophy of principal stockholder Sheldon Adelson which is: make it bigger, make it better.
Last month, Las Vegas and Macau rival Wynn Resorts Inc. (WYNN) successfully completed a Hong Kong IPO for $1.63 billion.
Of course, considering the size of the Las Vegas Sands debt – estimated at $11.2 billion – Monday’s IPO revelation was no surprise.
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The company has indicated that proceeds from the sale will be used to both lower the outstanding debt and provide funds for the continuation of construction on the Cotai Strip in Macau.
The projects include a Shangri-La/Traders Hotel, a Sheraton Hotel and three casinos along two neighboring sites.
Hong Kong LVS shares are expected to begin trading on Nov. 30.
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