Thursday May 16,2013 : WEAK PERFORMANCE FROM AGTECH
 
Ladbrokes' Chinese partner sees revenues decline
 
AGTech Holdings, the Hong Kong-based Chinese lottery software supplier and Ladbrokes partner in that country, has started 2013 with a weak first quarter result that included an 11 percent slide in revenues to HK$37.64 million ($4.84 million).
 
With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau, AGTech operates the Lucky Racing virtual sportsbetting game in the province of Hunan in partnership with British online and land-based gambling group Ladbrokes.
 
Gross profit for the quarter sank 3.7 percent to HK$24.23 million ($3.12 million) due largely to what the company termed a ‘change in revenue mix’.
 
The good news was that profit from continuing business operations in Q1-2013 was up three-fold when compared with the same period in 2012 to HK$3.21 million ($414,004) while its overall loss for the three-month period improved (was less than) by HK$7.38 million ($950,992) year-on-year to HK$3.59 million ($463,461).
 
“Our long-term objectives are to maintain a leading position as a lottery technology group in China and to provide innovative and legal lottery games to help the Chinese government crack down on illegal gambling,” the company said in its accompanying statement, adding that it has plans to expand into China's welfare lottery market "in due course."