AGEM Index reverses downward trend to close April with positive growth

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The AGEM Index reversed a two-month downward trend to close April 2018 with positive growth. The composite index finished the month at 531.33 points, a gain of 26.18 points or 5.18 percent, when compared to March 2018. The AGEM Index reported a year-over-year increase for the 31st consecutive month and has climbed 159.83 points, or 43.02 percent, since April 2017.

During the latest period, six of the 13 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month increases in stock price. Seven manufacturers reported decreases in stock price during the month.

The April performance of the AGEM Index paralleled the three major stock market indexes. The S&P 500 reported a month-to-month increase of 0.27 percent to 2,648.05. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.25 percent to 24,163.15, while the NASDAQ increased 0.04 percent during the period to 7,066.27.

During the past month, Crane Co. (CR) released results for its quarterly period ending in March 2018. Total revenues during this quarter increased by $125.7 million over the same period last year, growing by 18.7 percent to reach $799.1 million. Income before income taxes during this period was $84.4 million, a decrease of $3.5 million over the prior year, or 4.0 percent. The decrease in income before income taxes was primarily due to greater interest expenses (increased by $5.6 million) during this quarter. During this quarter, the company’s income before income taxes had a margin of 10.6 percent.

Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) has been active in developing new promotions and renewing existing contracts. During April, Scientific Games announced a series of Monopoly slot tournament events in partnership with Princess Cruises in which winners will compete for $200,000 on a Princess cruise. The events are designed to celebrate Scientific Games’s long-standing licensing relationship with toy maker Hasbro. The firm has also extended its contract with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation for another eight years to provide instant games within the state. Additionally, Kentucky will begin to use Scientific Games’s Cooperative Services Program, a logistical system used to maximise retail sales performance. The Kentucky government hopes this will increase statewide lottery revenue.

Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) has also been active in finding new clientele, and during April Aristocrat announced that it installed its Oasis 360 system at Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, Maryland. This marks the fifth Churchill Downs property to host the Oasis 360 system, which includes modules for accounting, operations, marketing, providing of bonuses and table game management systems.

In order to best provide for the needs of its customers, Agilysys (AGYS) opened a new high-volume integration and configuration facility in April. The dedicated 6,000-square-foot facility is only a few miles from the company’s headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. Included in the new facility are dedicated office space, a warehouse, and shipping and integration areas to expedite customer deliveries and provide the highest standard of service.

PlayAGS Inc. (AGS) was active at the National Indian Gaming Association’s 2018 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, featuring its new Orion Slant slot cabinet design and its new comprehensive slot/table progressive ecosystem.

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