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Hong Kong-based LET Holdings is actively seeking buyers for some of its non-core assets to enhance its cash flow and mitigate sanction risks.

As a result of geopolitical instability and economic challenges, the company is focusing on the consolidation and streamlining of its core business.. The successful divestment of assets in Russia and Japan stands as a critical prerequisite, as it will pave the way for LET Holdings to explore growth opportunities in markets that present less geopolitical risks.

The company’s ability to secure buyers will play a significant role in its strategic realignment. Additionally, a resolution of the company's trading suspension on the HKEX and the successful completion of its development project in Manila are crucial milestones. The future trajectory of LET Holdings is a complex interplay of these factors, each contributing to the success of the company's future.

Divestment of assets in Japan and sale of Russian casino

LET Holdings has been actively pursuing the divestment of its non-core assets located in Niseko, Japan. This move is part of a broader strategy aimed at enhancing the company’s liquidity and cash flow. The assets in question are part of LET’s property development business in Niseko. Despite the importance of this divestment, a buyer for these assets has not yet been secured

Simultaneously, LET Holdings has decided to sell its stakes in the Russian casino, Tigre de Cristal. This casino is operated by Summit Ascent, a subsidiary of LET. The decision to divest from the Russian market was influenced by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This geopolitical situation has posed significant sanction risks and financial losses for LET. As with the Japanese assets, a buyer for the Russian stakes has not yet been found.

Realignment and growth

The trading suspension on HKEX since February 2024 remains a significant hurdle for the company. On a positive note, Summit Ascent, a subsidiary of LET, has appointed Chang Heng Kit as its new Non-Executive Director, effective from 10 July 2024. Chang brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles in Vietnam and Macau, which could be beneficial for the company’s realignment plans. This appointment may bring the company a few steps closer to the resolution of its trading suspension.

LET has also approved a $17 million loan for its Philippines subsidiary, Suntrust Resorts Holding, for the construction of its main casino hotel under the Westside City development in Manila. This project, expected to be completed in 2025, represents a crucial milestone for the company’s future trajectory. However, the completion of this project is also contingent upon the successful sale of its assets.

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