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Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by mary, Oct 10, 2002.

    Oct 10, 2002
  1. mary

    mary Dormant account

    Casinos are leaving Starnet/Worldgaming for Futurebet; Leaving Cryptologic, Microgaming, and Realtime Gaming for Playtech; leaving Microgaming for AquaOnline.

    Here you can see that DCEG was forced to lower their royalties to a large customer:

    Tuesday August 13, 7:02 am Eastern Time
    Press Release
    SOURCE: dot com Entertainment Group, Inc.
    dot com Reports Financial Results For 2nd Quarter 2002 And Authorization To Repurchase Common Stock
    OAKVILLE, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 13, 2002--dot com Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTCBB: DCEG - News)

    (all financial results referred to in this release are reported in $U.S.)
    dot com Entertainment Group, Inc. ("dot com") (OTCBB: DCEG - News) a developer of Internet based gaming systems, today announced its results for the three-month period and the six-month period ended June 30, 2002.

    Financial highlights for the three-month period and the six-month period ended June 30, 2002:


    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    Three-months ended Six-months ended
    June 30, June 30,
    ------------------ ----------------

    (in thousands)
    2002 2001 2002 2001
    ---- ---- ---- ----

    Revenue $829 $834 $2,063 $1,639

    Net income (loss) (203) 113 27 257

    Earnings (loss) per share (0.02) 0.01 0.00 0.02
    (in whole dollars)

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    Total revenue decreased by 1% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 to $829,289 compared to $833,866 in Q2 2001. Net income decreased to a loss of $202,861 or $0.02 per share (basic and fully diluted) for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 compared to net income of $113,004 or $0.01 per share (basic and fully diluted) for Q2 2001.

    As discussed below, included in net loss for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 was a loss on contractual settlement with a principal customer in the amount of $345,207. Had this loss not occurred, net income for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 would have been approximately $4,000.

    Total revenue increased by 26% for the six-month period ended June 30, 2002 to $2,063,324 compared to $1,638,702 in the prior period in fiscal 2001. Net income decreased to $26,643 or $0.00 per share (basic and fully diluted) for the six-month period ended June 30, 2002 compared to net income of $256,756 or $0.02 per share (basic and fully diluted) for the prior period in fiscal 2001.

    During the three-month period ended June 30, 2002, dot com successfully concluded negotiations with certain of its licensees to introduce standard business arrangements. Scott F. White, President and CEO explained "Within the e-gaming marketplace, pricing pressure is evidencing itself by reductions in royalty rates and increased awareness of market rates amongst customers. Certain of our license agreements provided for royalty structures that were not supportable in the present marketplace. We have addressed this concern by offering to standardize our royalty arrangements with all our customers to market rates effective July 1, 2002. With our principal customer, the royalty rate reduction was phased in commencing June 1, 2002 and included an agreement that certain royalty income billed in prior quarters and included in accounts receivable would not be collected. The total impact on the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 from the changed arrangement with our principal customer is to record a loss on contractual settlement of $345,207 with a reduction in royalty revenue earned in the quarter of approximately $50,000. This restructured agreement will result in the continuation of our relationship with our principal customer through 2011. However, the short-term consequence of this development is an aggregate loss for the quarter and a reduction in royalty revenue for the balance of 2002 from that previously anticipated. The value of this development will be the strengthening of relationships with all licensees."

    Under the new arrangement, dot com's principal customer was required to make payments on outstanding receivables aggregating approximately $184,000 and these amounts were received on July 4, 2002. The remaining accounts receivable from this customer at June 30, 2002 of $227,000 is scheduled for payment in three installments through September 30, 2002 with the first such installment in the amount of $80,000 being received on July 30, 2002 Accordingly, the payment for all amounts owed by this customer as of June 30, 2002 will be recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2002.

    The increase in total revenue represented increases in dot com's revenue sources from installation fees and e-digital and support services, offset by a reduction in royalty revenue. The overall increase arises from the growing market for dot com's products and services as well as continuing increases in the number of licensees generating royalties for dot com. Notwithstanding these overall increases, certain installations which were completed during the three-month period ended March 31, 2002 are continuing to generate lower royalties than anticipated due to delays in the commencement of the full operation of these sites. In addition, during fiscal 2001, dot com signed a new license agreement with its principal customer. This new agreement reduced the royalty rate for this customer and together with the effect of the agreement reached with this party during Q2 2002, royalty revenue from this customer decreased by approximately $310,000 for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 compared to Q2 2001 and by approximately $516,000 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2002 compared to the same period in 2001. This reduction in royalty revenue has been substantially offset by royalty revenue generated from new licensees. e-digital services fees in the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 were $51,875 compared to $23,000 in Q2 2001.

    As at June 30, 2002, dot com has completed the installation of its software at 20 licensee sites compared with 13 at the end of Q2 2001. Of these totals, 18 licensee sites contributed to royalties during the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 compared to 10 in Q2 2001. The 2 sites which did not contribute to royalties in Q2 2002 are anticipated to generate royalty revenue in Q3 2002. Management continues to monitor the activity levels of all licensees.

    Expenses increased by 77% to $1,140,483 for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 compared to $645,525 for Q2 2001. Approximately $345,000, or 70%, of this increase represents the loss on contractual settlement discussed above. The remainder of the increase was as a result of the consequences of continuing to increase the number of employees required to service the growing demand realized, and anticipated, by dot com. At June 30, 2002 dot com had 44 full-time employees and consultants compared to 32 at June 30, 2001.

    During the six month-period ended June 30, 2002, dot com's operating activities provided cash of approximately $37,000, compared to approximately $142,000 for the comparable period in 2001. The decrease in cash flow generation from operating activities primarily represents the remittance of income tax liabilities relating to fiscal 2001 and 2002. Cash and cash equivalents as at June 30, 2002 increased 11% to approximately $1,073,000 from approximately $965,000 as at December 31, 2001.

    Trade accounts receivable at June 30, 2002 have improved 39% to approximately $797,000 compared to approximately $1,307,000 as at December 31, 2001. Deferred revenue at June 30, 2002 decreased 4% to approximately $207,000 compared to approximately $215,000 as at December 31, 2001 reflecting the reduction in installations in process over the quarter end.

    In addition, dot com also announced today that its board of directors has authorized the expenditure of up to $500,000 to repurchase up to 1 million shares of common stock.

    Under the plan, stock purchases may be made over the next 12-month period, commencing immediately, in the open market in privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors.

    "This decision to repurchase our common shares shows our board of director's confidence in the growth of our company and our intention to return value to our shareholders" said Scott F. White. "The repurchases will be funded from available working capital."

    dot com is a SEC reporting company which is focused on the development, delivery and support of Internet entertainment software systems, such as on-line Bingo, on-line Casino and other related products and services.

    dot com ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC.
    AND SUBSIDIARIES

    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    (Unaudited)
    June 30, December 31,
    ASSETS 2002 2001
    ---------- ----------

    Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,073,207 $ 965,041
    Accounts receivable:
    Trade, net 797,305 1,306,931
    Other 11,140 8,964
    Income taxes recoverable 145,294 -
    Prepaid expenses and deposits 10,456 26,578
    ---------- ----------
    Total current assets 2,037,402 2,307,514

    Fixed assets - net 106,962 105,114

    Deferred tax asset 122,000 122,000
    ---------- ----------

    $ 2,266,364 $ 2,534,628
    ---------- ----------
    ---------- ----------

    LIABILITIES AND
    STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable and
    accrued expenses $ 104,751 $ 96,544
    Accounts payable - officers 300 50,000
    Income taxes payable - 338,968
    Deferred revenue 206,504 214,701
    ---------- ----------
    Total current liabilities 311,555 700,213
    ---------- ----------

    Stockholders' equity:
    Common stock, $0.001 par
    value, 50,000,000
    shares authorized,
    10,912,500 shares issued
    and outstanding
    (10,787,500 - 2001) 10,913 10,788
    Additional paid in
    capital 1,548,513 1,454,887
    Retained earnings 395,383 368,740
    ---------- ----------
    1,954,809 1,834,415
    ---------- ----------

    $ 2,266,364 $ 2,534,628
    ---------- ----------
    ---------- ----------


    dot com ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC.
    AND SUBSIDIARIES

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) AND RETAINED
    EARNINGS (ACCUMULATED DEFICIT)
    (Unaudited)

    Three-Months Ended Six-Months Ended
    June 30 June 30
    2002 2001 2002 2001
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Revenues:
    Royalties $ 684,193 $ 687,249 $1,347,738 $1,247,802
    Installation fees 84,771 76,392 490,996 235,617
    e-digital and support
    services 60,325 70,225 224,590 155,283
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    829,289 833,866 2,063,324 1,638,702
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Expenses:
    Sales, marketing and
    services to licensees 205,346 182,873 421,927 329,245
    Research, software
    development
    and support services 371,405 207,668 744,507 400,364
    General and
    administrative 218,525 254,984 480,371 481,166
    Loss on contractual
    settlement 345,207 - 345,207 -
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    1,140,483 645,525 1,992,012 1,210,775
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Income (loss) before
    income taxes (311,194) 188,341 71,312 427,927

    Income tax provision
    (benefit) (108,333) 75,337 44,669 171,171
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Net income (loss) (202,861) 113,004 26,643 256,756

    Retained earnings
    (accumulated deficit),
    beginning of period 598,244 (197,661) 368,740 (341,413)
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Retained earnings
    (accumulated
    deficit), end of period $ 395,383 $ (84,657) $ 395,383 $ (84,657)
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Net income (loss) per
    share:
    Basic $ (0.02) $ 0.01 $ 0.00 $ 0.02
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Diluted $ (0.02) $ 0.01 $ 0.00 $ 0.02
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Weighted average number
    of common shares
    outstanding:
    Basic 10,870,833 10,755,000 10,829,167 10,742,500
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Diluted 10,870,833 11,808,952 11,138,218 11,479,557
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------


    dot com ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC.
    AND SUBSIDIARIES

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
    (Unaudited)

    Three-Months Ended Six-Months Ended
    June 30 June 30
    2002 2001 2002 2001
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Cash flows from
    operating activities:
    Net income (loss) $(202,861) $ 113,004 $ 26,643 $ 256,756
    Adjustments to
    reconcile net
    income (loss) to
    net cash provided
    (used) by operating
    activities:
    Depreciation 11,164 5,573 20,974 9,163
    Deferred income tax
    expense - 44,500 - 101,000
    Changes in non-cash
    working capital items:
    Accounts receivable 535,498 (119,800) 507,450 (232,763)
    Prepaid expenses and
    deposits 14,793 5,928 16,122 (10,780)
    Accounts payable and
    accrued expenses (13,499) (64,570) 8,207 (4,742)
    Accounts payable -
    officers (27,200) (66,000) (49,700) (75,805)
    Income taxes
    recoverable / payable (261,328) 30,837 (484,262) 58,171
    Deferred revenue (7,571) 27,608 (8,197) 41,383
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    Net cash provided (used)
    by operating activities 48,996 (22,920) 37,237 142,383
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Cash flows from
    investing activities:
    Purchases of fixed
    assets (13,342) (28,611) (22,822) (31,350)
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    Net cash used in
    investing activities (13,342) (28,611) (22,822) (31,350)
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Cash flows from
    financing activities:
    Proceeds from issuance
    of common stock 93,751 37,500 93,751 37,500
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    Net cash provided by
    financing activities 93,751 37,500 93,751 37,500
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Net increase (decrease)
    in cash and
    cash equivalents during
    the period 129,405 (14,031) 108,166 148,533

    Cash and cash
    equivalents, beginning
    of period 943,802 817,973 965,041 655,409
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Cash and cash
    equivalents, end of
    period $1,073,207 $ 803,942 $1,073,207 $ 803,942
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------


    Supplemental cash flow
    activities
    Income taxes paid $ 152,995 $ - $ 528,931 $ 12,000
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------

    Certain statements in this news release, including, but not limited to, statements containing the words "anticipates", "believes", "expects", 'intends", "will", "may" and similar words constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or performance to differ materially from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include the uncertainty relating to the lawfulness of Internet gaming, dot com's ability to profitably expand its products and services to new markets and customers, continued industry acceptance of, and the risk of technological obsolescence related to, dot com's game systems and the risk associated with the generation by a single customer of a significant percentage of dot com's revenue, including the risk of non-payment of outstanding receivables, among others.



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    Contact:
    dot com Entertainment Group, Inc.
    Scott White, 888/250-3312
    This email is not visible to you.
    or
    Frank Ricciuti, 888/250-3312
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  2. Oct 10, 2002
  3. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    This is very interesting indeed. It seems that casinos are playing musical chairs of sorts. It would be nightmarish to switch over. Especially if your players don't like the new software that is being pushed in their faces. I wonder how the casinos access this. Don't most players join a casino because they like the software? Or is it the programs the casinos offer?

    Playtech has been gettting a number of casinos as of late. But I remember several players stating that they hated Playtech software and wouldn't continue playing. I guess these are the risks you take.

    ~b
     
  4. Nov 26, 2002
  5. mary

    mary Dormant account

    I Crystal just reported a loss of two cents a share; Ichance and Angelciti are doing a merger and neither has been making money; poker.com has been losing money.

    RTG will lose Angelciti to Ichance software. Boss Media got caught trying to pocket $155k in progressive funds and may be involved with illegal gambling sites in Malaysia. Station Casinos has dissolved their Internet gaming division and announced a pull back from the sector.

    Perversely, a recent US court ruling on a class action lawsuit by credit card holders contains the explicit statement that online casino wagering is legal because it does not violate the 1961 Wire Act.
     

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