Company to highlight international presence at ICE show in London this week
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 21, 2008 – Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino management systems and networked solutions for the global gaming industry, announced that it has further invested in its international business by opening new sales and support offices in Spain and South Africa, with a Mexico office slated to open in the spring. The Company also named regional operations leadership to support its growing international infrastructure.
“We have an aggressive plan to continue our global expansion, capitalizing on our industry-leading systems and games technology that is already performing extremely well in a number of international jurisdictions,” said Bally Technologies Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Haddrill. “Our international business has tripled in revenues over the past three years; we are increasing our infrastructure to ensure quality customer support and a continued strong growth trend.”
Bally will highlight its enhanced international presence at this week’s International Casino Exhibition (ICE) gaming show in London, where the Company will showcase an array of innovative games and systems products in its 184.2 square-meter (1,984 square-feet) exhibit. On hand at Bally’s exhibit will be members of its global senior management team, including Haddrill, Chief Operating Officer Gavin Isaacs, Executive Vice President of Systems Ramesh Srinivasan, and Vice President of International John Connelly.
Among the news Bally will be sharing with its partners and customers at ICE will be the recent opening of its sales and support office in Barcelona, Spain and the planned spring opening of a full-service office in Mexico City, Mexico, where the Company’s games and systems are among the top-performing gaming products. Bally also recently re-entered the South African market under a direct-sales model and opened an office in Midrand, Gauteng.
“We have made significant progress over the past 24 months in re-establishing Bally as a global leader,” said John Connelly, Bally Technologies’ Vice President of International. “With this said, we continue to evolve and enhance our international strategy and infrastructure on a daily basis to ensure that we are providing our customers with the products that will perform in their particular region and localized support to ensure that we can deliver the most responsive customer service.”
The Company’s ICE display will feature a variety of new game titles designed especially for the rapidly growing international gaming market on Bally’s highly flexible and configurable ALPHA Elite™ platform.
Bally will capitalize on its distinction as the world’s no. 1 gaming systems company to display and demonstrate an array of advanced products for the global casino industry, developed by its team based in Nice, France.
In addition to its expanded international product portfolio and new regional offices, Bally has grown its international management, sales, and support team to enhance its global reach and provide increased customer support. Bally’s international management team includes:
• Marco Herrera, Vice President and Managing Director of Bally’s MCC systems division based in Nice, France.
• Catherine Burns, Vice President and Managing Director for Bally Pan-Asia, based in Macau, China.
• Xavier Serra, Sales and Operations Manager, Europe and Africa, based in Barcelona, Spain.
• Antonio Velez, Director of Operations for Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, cruise ships, and northern South America, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
• German Hazana, Director of Operations for southern South America, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• Ramiro Salazar, International Operations Manager, based in Mexico City.
About Bally Technologies, Inc.
With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally’s product line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives, and Class II, lottery and central determination games and platforms. As the world’s No. 1 gaming systems company, Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing, cashless and table management solutions. The Company also owns and operates Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg, Miss. For more information, please contact Laura Olson-Reyes, Director of Corporate Communications, at 702-584-7742, or visit http://www.ballytech.com.
This news release may contain “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created thereby. Such information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect the results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Future operating results may be adversely affected as a result of a number of risks that are detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release and represents that the information is only valid as of today’s date