Online bingo operator Bingo.com enjoyed a better quarter one this year, according to unaudited results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenues and player acquisitions were up and operating costs have been reduced, but the company still showed a net loss.
 
"The first quarter of 2008 was another strong quarter of growth for Bingo.com," said Tarrnie Williams, the Bingo.com's CEO. "We've increased our revenue, decreased our costs, and further entrenched Bingo.com as a premier gaming operator in the United Kingdom market.
 
"Bingo.com has added thousands of new real-money players in the quarter and the popularity of our gaming suite is growing rapidly within the UK bingo community. Our strategy remains focused on leveraging the strength of the Bingo.com URL in the UK as we prepare for the launch of Bingo.com in other markets and other languages. While many challenges remain, Bingo.com is in an excellent position to return to profitability."
 
Highlights of the first quarter of 2008 included:
 
* Total revenue of $1,34 million up 18 percent from total revenue of $1 135 844 in the fourth quarter of 2007.
 
* Net loss of $262 543 in the first quarter of 2008 from net loss before abnormal items of $336 968 in the fourth quarter last year.
 
* Initial license approval by the Alderney Gaming Commission.
 
Total revenue increased to $1 344 347 for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, boosted by gaming revenue of $1 260 470 in the quarter, an improvement compared to Q1 2007, when there was no gaming revenue, and an increase of 21 percent from revenue of $1 045 259 in the fourth quarter of 2007. The increase was ascribed to player base growth.
 
Advertising revenue of $83 877 was accrued in the quarter, an increase from $6 300 achieved in the first quarter of 2007, but a decline of 7 percent when compared to fourth quarter revenues from this source.
 
Operating expenses compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 were lower, primarily due to a decrease in sales and marketing expenses, especially incentive bonuses awarded to players. Bingo.com commenced offering cash games in the United Kingdom in the second quarter of 2007, requiring more marketing.
 
Net loss for the quarter was $262 543, a decrease of 20 percent in net loss of $328 967 recorded in the Q1 2007.
 
Following on the release of its results, Bingo.com Ltd. announced this week that it has closed a private placement of 2 million common shares at $0.30 per share to raise net proceeds of $600 000. These shares were placed with non U.S. residents under Regulation S exemptions.
 
"Proceeds from the offering will be used to fund our expansion beyond the United Kingdom market," said CEO Tarrnie Williams. "In the near future we will be launching a Spanish version of our website and allowing players to deposit in various major currencies. These initiatives will enable Bingo.com to continue to grow and expand its market share."
 
The company boasts a database of 1,8 million registered users.