Expanding Gaming Machine Participation and Management Operations in Cambodia
In November 2011, the Company entered into a gaming machine participation and management agreement (the “Agreement”) with Sokha Hotels and Resorts (“Sokha”) to place 250 EGM seats and jointly manage these slot operations in its Thansur Bokor Resort and Casino in the Bokor Mountains of Cambodia (“Thansur Bokor”). Sokha, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cambodian conglomerate Sokimex, is a leading operator of luxury hotels and resorts in prime locations in Cambodia.
The slot operations under the Agreement will be located within the much-anticipated, new Thansur Bokor in the highly-trafficked tourist area of the Bokor Mountains in the Kampot Province of Cambodia. This will be the only casino in the nearby area for the present time and will cater primarily to tourists. The first phase of Thansur Bokor, which will include over 650 hotel rooms and suites, entertainment parks and amenities, and convention facilities, is expected to open in April 2012. The Company will have 200 EGM seats in operation at the time of the opening and expects to ramp up to 250 seats over the subsequent several months.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Entertainment Gaming Asia will be the exclusive provider of the EGMs in the ground floor slot area of Thansur Bokor and will jointly manage with Sokha these slot operations. The Company and Sokha will share the gross win and certain operating expenses on a respective basis of 27/73%. The Company will collect its share of the gross win on a bi-monthly basis and will settle its share of the operating costs on a monthly basis. The contract duration is five years, commencing upon the live operation of the slot floor.The Company will use a combination of purchased new and used machines and machines from its existing inventory. The total capital expenditures for the Agreement are estimated at approximately $2 million, which will be funded from internal cash resources.