Las Vegas, NV (USA) – September 11, 2012 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced today that it has chosen Madrid, Spain as the preferred location to build an integrated resort development for the European market. The company said it has now completed the first phase of its extensive due diligence efforts and will move to the next phase of those activities, which will include among other things, determination of size, scope, specific location, and financing options from the capital markets for the project. The company has consistently said it will allocate approximately 25-35 percent equity for the proposed development. The company added that the process is still very much in the early phases and progress towards resolution of the current economic challenges within Europe will be an important consideration.
“We would like to thank people in both Madrid and Barcelona for the time and effort they have dedicated to this process. We have met so many tremendous supporters of both cities and are thankful for the friendships we have developed,” said Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.
“The regional government of Madrid has been a strong advocate for this potential development and we are appreciative of the energy they have brought to this process,” continued Mr. Adelson. “Barcelona is an outstanding tourism destination and choosing Madrid over Barcelona was not an easy selection. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to the people both within the Barcelona government and those who served as consultants or advisors to us there while we went through our evaluation process.”
Mr. Adelson said that while the process in Spain plays out, the company will still continue to aggressively focus on a variety of other development opportunities, specifically in the Asian countries of Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
About Las Vegas Sands
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading global developer of destination properties (Integrated Resorts) that feature premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and many other amenities.
The Venetian and The Palazzo, Five-Diamond luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania are the company’s properties in the United States. Marina Bay Sands® is the company’s iconic Integrated Resort in Singapore’s downtown Marina Bay district.
Through its majority-owned subsidiary Sands China Ltd., the company also owns a portfolio of properties on Macao’s COTAI STRIP®, including The Venetian Macao, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, and Sands Cotai Central, a 13.7 million square foot 6,400-room Integrated Resort, the first phase of which debuted in April 2012. The company also owns the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
Las Vegas Sands is also committed to global sustainability through its Sands Eco 360 program and is an active community partner through its various charitable organizations.