VIDEO LOTTERY TECHNOLOGIES AGREES TO PURCHASE CONTROL DATA AUTOMATED WAGERING DIVISION
VIDEO LOTTERY TECHNOLOGIES AGREES TO PURCHASE
CONTROL DATA AUTOMATED WAGERING DIVISION
BOZEMAN, Mont., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Control Data Corp. and Video Lottery Technologies, Inc. (VLT) (NASDAQ-NMS: VLTS) today announced an agreement on the sale of Control Data's Automated Wagering division to VLT. Representatives of VLT indicated the acquired operation will become a separately incorporated unit that will continue to operate under the Automated Wagering name. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
The transaction remains subject to various closing conditions, including the assignment of Automated Wagering's existing consumer contracts.
VLT, which generated total 1991 revenues of $31 million through its video lottery operations, indicated that the transaction would effectively increase its sales base to approximately $145 million -- including a 1991 Automated Wagering sales base of $114 million. VLT Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lippon said the acquisition of the Control Data division will strengthen the firm's position in the lottery industry without affecting VLT's other expansion efforts.
"While our primary focus at Video Lottery Technologies has been on stand-alone video lottery terminals and control software, Automated Wagering is a leader in on-line networks," Lippon said. "This acquisition provides a full array of options for existing and potential Video Lottery and Automated Wagering clients, in addition to combining the expertise of two independently successful management teams."
Control Data President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Perlman said the transaction followed a careful review of Control Data's position in the lottery market.
"Our analysis indicated that, while Automated Wagering could be successful as part of Control Data's information services business, it could be most successful within a broader gaming strategy, as well as within a company that focused on the wagering business," Perlman said. "That is exactly the strategy and focus Video Lottery brings to this transaction."
Perlman said the transaction also will strengthen Control Data's information services business. "This sale will enable Control Data to employ additional assets in service markets more consistent with our skills base," he said, noting that those markets currently include employer services, media measurement and market research and transaction processing.
Automated Wagering President Hu Plummer said that the organization is excited about the opportunity to become part of an organization with an exclusive focus on gaming.
"The combination of gaming resources and marketing expertise generated by this transaction, coupled with the exclusive focus on the wagering industry and the continued technical support of Control Data, will benefit Automated Wagering and all its customers," Plummer said.
Video Lottery Technologies, a pioneer in the development of video lottery terminals central controls system software and related services for the video lottery market, supplies control systems and video terminals in Montana and South Dakota, as well as in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Alberta. VLT was recently awarded a contract in Victoria, Australia, to supply 2,500 terminals. In late January, VLT was also awarded a contract by the Oregon Lottery Commission to supply 35 percent of 6,130 video lottery terminals ordered by the state as part of a network that could expand to as many as 15,000 terminals.
Control Data's Automated Wagering Division provides on-line lottery processing systems and services to eight states, including Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Washington; to the Norwegian National Lottery; as well as to two off- track betting jurisdictions in the state of New York.
Control Data applies technology to meet customers' specialized computing and information management needs. The company consists of three primary businesses: Information Services, Government Systems and Computer Products.
/CONTACT: Damian Greco of Video Lottery, 406-586-4423; David Karpinski of Control Data, 612-853-6086; Michael Rosenbaum or Audrey Lowe of the Financial Relations Board, 312-266-7800, for Video Lottery/
(VLTS) CO: Video Lottery Technologies Inc.; Control Data Corp. ST: Montana, Minnesota IN: CNO SU: TNM SM -- NY024 -- 5349 03/05/92 10:08 EST