Based in New York City, Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) is a global information technology (IT) systems and services company that provides instant ticket and online lottery products, systems and services to lottery authorities worldwide. Scientific Games is also the leading provider of computerized systems and services to the pari-mutuel wagering industry, an operator of off-track betting (OTB) facilities, and a leading manufacturer of paper-based prepaid phone cards.
Scientific Games continues to benefit from its strong and growing presence in the worldwide instant ticket and online lottery markets. Within the instant ticket lottery market, the company started instant ticket lottery contracts for lottery authorities in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas over the past two years. The company also signed a four-year contract with the California State Lottery, three-year contracts in New York and Illinois, and two-year contracts in Colorado and Vermont. Additionally, the company was awarded contract extensions from lottery authorities in Indiana, Kentucky, Washington, and West Virginia during the second half of 2005. In addition to strong and growing relationships with state lottery authorities, the company benefits from its licensed instant ticket brands, such as Texas Hold'em from the World Poker Tour, Pac-Man, Yahoo!, and American Idol.
In 2009, SGMS incurred a net loss in $39.8 million on revenues of $927.7 million. This represents a 789.2% jump in net loss and a 17.1% decrease in revenues from 2008, when the company lost $4.5 million on $1.12 billion in revenues.
SGMS is divided into three reportable business segments.
In the United States, SGMS's primary competitors in the instant lottery ticket market are Pollard Banknote Inc FD (PBL) and GTECH. In the lottery systems market, the company's major competitors are GTECH and Intralot (ATH:INLOT). The company's competitors in the video gaming terminal market are: