uring the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting last Monday, Razon said Bloomberry would be focused not only on the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp’s Entertainment City, where Bloomberry’s us$ 1-billion “Solaire” gaming and hotel complex would be the first to open in the first quarter of 2013.
Razon said his group would look at other “promising” locations and develop the brand Solaire as a “class of its own.”
After the stockholders’ meeting, he told reporters that like International Container Terminal Services, this could be a “homegrown” Filipino brand that could be brought to other locations. “It depends on what markets open up. I’m talking more about some possibilities in the Philippines but likewise outside the Philippines,” Razon said.
For instance, he said his group would look at the casinos that may be privatized by Pagcor. If and when new territories open up to new casino licensing, like Macau, for instance, he said Solaire would look at such an opportunity. But he said Solaire must be up and running first before looking at expansion to new locations.
Even for the hotel operations, while it’s easier to sell rooms with an international brand on board, Razon said that would be less profitable because the developer would have to pay these hotel operators. “If you want to move to other areas, you need to have one brand, a homegrown Filipino brand like ICTSI,” he said.
Based on Forbes magazine’s listing of richest people in the Philippines, Razon was this year’s biggest gainer as his wealth surged by us$ 2 billion to us$ 3.6 billion, catapulting him four ranks higher to become the country’s third-wealthiest person.
Razon, who took over ICTSI at age 27, has built significant port terminal operations in Asia before expanding into Europe, North America and the Middle East. But much of the big jump in Razon’s wealth was attributed by Forbes to his investment in Bloomberry, which recently raised us$ 200 million from a follow-on public offering.