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AGEM releases September 2015 index

9 October 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- In September 2015, the AGEM Index fell to 183.34, which represents a decline of 7.10 points (-3.7%) compared to August 2015. The latest period represents the second consecutive month-to-month decline in value and the fifth monthly decline since the beginning of the year. Compared to a year ago, the AGEM Index fell 4.16 points (-2.2%), representing the fourth year-over-year decline this year.

During September, seven of the 13 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month declines in stock price, with four down by more than 5%. Of the five manufacturers that reported monthly gains in stock price, three were up by more than 10%, with two reporting increases of more than 20%. The remaining manufacturer, Galaxy Gaming Inc. (GLXZ), reported no change in stock price from August 2015 to September 2015.

The broader stock markets reported similar directional trends to the AGEM Index in September 2015. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the month at 16,284.70, which represents a decline of 1.5% compared to August 2015. The S&P 500 reported a 2.6% decline, falling to 1,920.03. Meanwhile, NASDAQ reported the largest decline of the three major indices, falling 3.3% from 4,776.51 to 4,620.16.

Selected positive contributors to the September 2015 AGEM Index included the following:
—Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) reported a stock price of AU$8.61 (+2.0%) and contributed 1.59 points to the index.
—Due to an 11.8% increase in stock price to EUR 1.70, INTRALOT S.A. (INLOT) contributed 0.42 points.
—Astro Corp. (3064) contributed 0.25 points, due to a 40.1% increase in stock price to NT$23.60.

Selected negative contributors included the following:
—Crane Co. (CR) contributed negative 3.75 points, due to an 11.3% decline in stock price to $46.61.
—International Game Technology PLC (IGT) reported a stock price of $15.33 (-9.7%) and contributed negative 3.63 points.
—Due to a 3.0% decline in stock price to ¥2,583, Konami Corp (9766) contributed negative 1.15 points.

A full table of contributions by company is available on the AGEM website.

The 15th annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) was held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 29 to October 1, 2015. Thousands of gaming-industry professionals attended the event where gaming suppliers debuted innovative technologies and new game brands and products.

International Game Technology PLC (IGT) unveiled its Orange is the New Black Slots, which were created in partnership with Lionsgate (LGF). The new slots were launched on IGT's social gaming website, DoubleDown Casino, as well as at land-based casinos. Based on the popular Netflix series, the Orange is the New Black Slots will feature clips, music, characters and sound bites from the show.

IGT was also the winner of two categories in the 2015 Global Gaming Awards. The company's S3000 cabinet, which was launched in 2014, was named "Casino Product of the Year." In addition, the "Land-Based Gaming Innovation of the Year" title was awarded to IGT's Powerbucks game. Powerbucks is the gaming industry's first inter-state commercial Wide Area Progressive, connecting players in Nevada, New Jersey and South Dakota to a single jackpot pool.

TransAct Technologies (TACT) highlighted its successful Epicentral software suite at G2E this year. This software allows casinos to analyze player data and deliver personalized coupons and rewards directly to their customers while they are sitting at the slot machine or electronic table game. These personalized promotions help increase marketing effectiveness and allow casinos to reward and retain their most loyal players. The company also announced an agreement with Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) to integrate its Epicentral software with Aristocrat's award-winning Oasis 360 casino management system.

TransAct also debuted its new Epic 3000 printer, which will be the fastest transaction printer for the lottery industry. Key features of the Epic 3000 include an anti-jam front paper exit, the ability to print and stack 100 lottery tickets without shuffling and a 7.5-inch diameter paper roll. In addition, the printer is the only one in the lottery industry to include a full tool steel rotary cutter.

Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) announced exciting new games and partnerships at this year's G2E. The company is partnering with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Gracie Films to create a slot machine based on The Simpsons television series. The game will be housed on Scientific Games' new Gamescape cabinet. The gaming equipment manufacturer also announced a partnership with Cirque du Soleil to develop a game based on the show KOOZA.

In addition, through its existing partnership with Playboy, Scientific Games premiered two new products. Playboy Don't Stop the Party! is a video slot that will feature Playboy Playmates and music by Pitbull. Additionally, Tablemaster Fusion-Playboy Bonus Blackjack will be the first licensed brand electronic table game solutions product in the industry.

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