NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Scientific Games announced today that it has acquired Oberthur Gaming Technologies, another leading manufacturer of instant lottery tickets. Scientific Games will pay approximately $100 million (approximately one-third of which is attributable to U.S. assets), subject to certain adjustments. The Company expects this acquisition to be neutral to 2007 earnings and accretive in 2008.
OGT reported revenues in 2006 of approximately $140 million (CAD). OGT operates three instant ticket plants located in Montreal, Canada; Sydney, Australia and San Antonio, Texas that have a total estimated capacity of approximately 13 billion instant tickets (2″ x 4″ equivalents) per year.
Lorne Weil, Chairman and CEO of Scientific Games commented on the deal, “OGT has a strong international presence in Canada and Australia, two important gaming markets for Scientific Games. They also supply Francaise Des Jeux, one of our most important European customers, and ONCE, a coveted customer in Spain. We look forward to offering an increased array of products and services to OGT’s existing customers. OGT also has an important portfolio of printing-related intellectual property, as well as core competencies for extended play styles such as Bingo. Our goal is to offer increased customer service, while simultaneously improving efficiency, productivity and competitiveness through cost synergies. We welcome OGT to the Scientific Games family.”
Emmanuele Savare, former President and CEO of Oberthur Gaming Technologies commented on the deal, “We think that this transaction is of great benefit to our employees and to our customers and in the end, to the entire lottery industry. This transaction will allow us to achieve efficiencies in manufacturing, purchasing and distribution for the entire benefit of our customers. The combined strengths of our companies will allow us to offer our customers a considerably broader product offering across the full breadth of lottery services than was possible in the past.”
About Oberthur Gaming Technologies
With more than 35 years of lottery-specific expertise and over a century’s experience in the security printing industry, Oberthur Gaming Technologies is a leader in the printing of innovative instant lottery tickets. OGT currently supplies a full range of high quality products and services to 100 clients in some 50 countries. The company has production units or sales offices in Montreal, Canada; San Antonio, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; and Sydney, Australia. For more information on OGT please visit http://www.oberthurgt.com/.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation is the leading integrated supplier of instant tickets, systems and services to lotteries worldwide, a leading supplier of fixed odds betting terminals and systems, interactive sports betting terminals and systems, and wagering systems and services to pari-mutuel operators. It is also a licensed pari-mutuel gaming operator in Connecticut, Maine and the Netherlands and is a leading supplier of prepaid phone cards to telephone companies. Scientific Games’ customers are in the United States and more than 60 other countries. For more information about Scientific Games, please visit our web site at http://www.scientificgames.com/.
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