During the latest period, one half of the global gaming equipment manufacturers reported within the AGEM Index posted month-to-month increases in stock price, with four up by more than 10%.
The composite index stood at 457.91 points at the close of the month, which represents an increase of 26.25 points, or 6.08 percent, when compared to August 2017. The AGEM Index reported a year-over-year increase for the 24th consecutive month and has climbed 151.05 points, or 49.23 percent, since September 2016.
During the latest period, one half of the global gaming equipment manufacturers reported within the AGEM Index posted month-to-month increases in stock price, with four up by more than 10 percent. Two manufacturers saw no change in their stock price, while four manufacturers reported decreases in stock price during the month, with all posting single-digit declines.
The three broader stock market indexes produced solidly positive results in September. The S&P 500 reported a month-to-month increase of 1.93 percent to 2,519.36. Similarly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 2.08 percent to 22,405.09, while the NASDAQ increased 1.03 percent during the period to 6,495.
Selected positive contributors to the September 2017 AGEM Index included the following:
Scientific Games (SGMS) contributed 16.49 points due to a 30.26 percent increase in stock price from $35.20 to $45.85.
International Game Technology (IGT) reported a 20.52 percent increase in stock price to $24.55 and contributed 13.53 points.
Crane Company (CR) contributed 4.91 points due to a 7.76 percent increase in stock price to $79.99.
Selected negative contributors included the following:
With its stock price falling 5.58 percent to ¥5,410, Konami Corporation (TYO:9766) contributed negative 6.75 points.
Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX:ALL) reported a 0.80 percent decrease in stock price to AU$21.00, contributing negative 2.27 points.
Several events affecting the gaming manufacturing industry have transpired in recent months. Highlights of these events follow below.
On September 20, Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) announced its plans to acquire Canadian gaming company NYX Gaming Group Ltd (NYX.V) for approximately US$632 million. The deal will be financed by debt and cash and is expected to be net accretive to earnings and cash flow in the first year.
Scientific Games will now be positioned to capitalize on future regulatory developments in real-money wagering and sports betting by adding NYX’s OpenBet Sportsbook. NYX’s digital sportsbook can be seamlessly delivered throughout Scientific Games’ global gaming and lottery networks in existing and future regulated U.S. and global markets.
Galaxy Gaming (GLXZ) has received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission and has been granted a non-restricted license as a manufacturer and distributor of gaming products in the State of Nevada.
In Pennsylvania, lawmakers are trying to strike a tentative deal on a gaming expansion bill during a long-standing budget impasse. The bill would allow for the creation of 10 “mini-casinos” in rural areas, far away from the state’s 12 existing casinos. It provides for fantasy sports contests, interactive gaming, sports wagering, slot machines at non-primary locations, video gaming, multi-use gaming devices in qualified airports, casino simulcasting at Category 2 and Category 3 facilities, the operation of multistate wide-area progressive slot machines, and hybrid slot machines and skill slot machines.
The Pennsylvania Legislature is expected to vote on a budget bill the second week in October after gaming expansion and other details are reviewed by House representatives.
The AGEM Index
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 13 global gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 8 suppliers are based in the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange. The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.