Casino & games With slots such as Starburst and Rainbow Riches still omnipresent across casino main pages worldwide many years after launch, iGaming Tracker’s Ken Muir assesses the reliance of the big providers on these titles Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Strategy Tech & innovation 24th May 2018 | By Stephen Carter With titles such as Starburst and Rainbow Riches still omnipresent across casino sites worldwide many years after launch, iGaming Tracker’s Ken Muir digs into the data to find out how the big providers rely on a few established titlesMost slots churn fast from operator homepages, prominent for just a few weeks before fading in popularity. Some games however stick’ on main casino homepages and retain their strong presence on sites worldwide.All major providers boast these types of games in their portfolio, which endure in popularity and on casino homepages for years. But how much do suppliers rely on a small number of these well-established games?To be clear, the analysis will only include content present on casino pages over time, and does not quantify the traffic to those sites or revenue. However, from this content share, it’s fair to assume that the revenue generated from these games broadly correlates.Turning first to NetEnt, the table below shows the position of over 150 of NetEnt’s games on the main pages of 262 sites from 1 March to 14 May 2018. The darker the shade of green, the newer the title. As you can see, the share of content is dominated by a few major titles.In fact, 35% of the total content share is spread across five games; Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, Asgardian Stones, Hotline and Twin Spin.Starburst alone accounts for 13% of NetEnt’s total content share.What is perhaps more remarkable is the mix of newly launched games and old games. Many of the new games have a large content share. However, most of the big games are still the ‘Golden Oldies’. This pattern is not unique to NetEnt.SG Digital’s No 1 game, Rainbow Riches, accounts for 7% of their content share on the main pages. Their share is more distributed than NetEnt. However, similar to NetEnt, the majority of the big games are at least a year old. New games such as King Kong Fury have a large share. However it is likely that this will decline over the coming months, being replaced by more new game releases. But does this pattern vary across different countries and regions? We drilled down into the supplier data to see if countries had a contrasting mix of established vs. newer releases. The table below compares NetEnt content in a highly regulated market, Italy, with a very competitive dot.com grey market, Sweden. The Starburst effect: how much do providers rely on golden oldies? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter As you can see from the heatmaps (again, the darker the shade, the newer the title) game distribution is far more even in the regulated market of Italy compared to Sweden.This would suggest that less open and competitive dot.country markets have less reliance on new game content and thus the share of new game releases is smaller. To conclude, the data illustrates the reliance by big suppliers on a relatively small amount of slot titles. In the main these popular titles are well entrenched. Whilst new game releases do have an initial impact, they tend to fade after a few weeks.This is an extract from this month’s iGaming Tracker analysis available as part of the iGB Intelligence Centre. You can request a free trial hereiGaming Tracker – how it worksiGaming Tracker tracks hundreds of casino sites worldwide every day. From this data it can ascertain which games are on which sites and where they are positioned on the pages. It can also measure the market share of casino games suppliers by percentage of “real estate” on casino sites at any given date.For more information visit www.igamingtracker.com or email [email protected] Email Address
National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) 2012 annual report.Company ProfileNational Insurance Corporation Limited (now NIC Holdings Limited) is a leading insurance company in Uganda. It was established in 1964 as a wholly-owned government parastatal; and privatised in 2005 with Industrial and General Insurance Plc (IGI) purchasing a 60% stake in the insurance business through its special purpose vehicle, Corporate Holdings Limited. IGI is the largest private sector insurer and fastest growing insurance company in Nigeria, with operations in Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Europe and America. The company established two wholly-owned subsidiaries; NIC General Insurance Company Limited (NIC General) which took over the general insurance business; and NIC Life Assurance Company Limited (NIC Assurance) which took over individual and group life assurance. National Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange
Palantir Technologies stock: should I buy for my ISA? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 30th November, 2020 | More on: PLTR Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Palantir Technologies stock (NYSE: PLTR) is on fire right now. In the space of just a few weeks, its share price has surged from $11 to $28 – a gain of more than 150%.As a result of this incredible share price rise, PLTR – which listed on the New York Stock Exchange in late September – is getting a lot of attention from investors. Should I buy this new technology stock? Let’s take a look at the investment case.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Palantir Technologies: what does it do?Palantir is a technology company founded in 2003. Specialising in big data analytics, it builds software that lets organisations condense all their data onto one platform. This makes it easier for them to make crucial decisions.Palantir has a total of around 125 customers across a range of industries. Its solutions help financial institutions with risk management, healthcare companies with drug development, and automakers with production efficiency. Here in the UK, its software has been used by the NHS to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country more efficiently during Covid-19.What I find particularly interesting however, is that its platforms are used by a number of US government agencies, including the FBI and the CIA. These agencies use PLTR’s products to defend against evolving threats to national security. Selling software to these kinds of government agencies is not an easy task. This suggests to me that Palantir has some very good products.Strong growthLooking at Palantir’s financials, growth has been impressive recently. For the third quarter of 2020, revenue was up 52% year-on-year to $289.4m. As a result of this strong performance, the company increased its guidance for full-year revenue to around $1.07bn. That will represent growth of 44% over the prior year.It’s worth pointing out that the group did incur a loss from operations of $847.8m for Q3. However, when adjusting for $847m million in stock-based compensation, $20.2m in related employer payroll taxes, and $53.7m in expenses related to the listing, income from operations was $73.1m.ValuationWhat about the valuation? Is this another expensive growth stock? The answer here is yes, it’s expensive.After Palantir’s recent share price surge, it now sports a market-cap of around $48bn. That puts the stock on a price-to-sales ratio of 45. That’s very high. It adds risk to the investment case. At least one short seller expects the share price to fall substantially.Insiders are selling It’s worth noting that since Palantir listed on the NYSE, a number of top-level insiders, including CEO Alexander Karp, co-founder and president Stephen Cohen, co-founder and chairman Peter Thiel, and CFO David Glazer have offloaded stock. Combined, these insiders have sold over $100m worth of PLTR stock. Would they have sold that much if they were convinced the share price is going to rise higher?Should I buy PLTR?I think Palantir looks interesting. In today’s data-driven world, it appears well-placed for success. The long-term growth potential appears to be significant.That said, I do have my concerns over the valuation after the recent share price spike. After rising 150%+ in just a few weeks, there’s downside risk.Weighing everything up, I’m going to keep Palantir stock on my watchlist for now. At present, I think there are better stocks to buy. Like this one. 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Image: Lloyds Banking Group The last week has seen an increase in the Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) share price amid the release of its Q1 results. The statement was filled with positive signs, which has led to many investors pouncing at the opportunity of capitalising on a discounted price (at the time of writing around 45p) compared to pre-Covid times. The shares have been steadily increasing in price since a 52-week low back in September of last year, and here I will explain why I am adding Lloyds to my portfolio. Q1 announcement provides hopeThe main item to take away from the recent announcement was that profits after tax had reached close to £1.4bn – nearly three times the figure for the same period last year (£480m). This shows Lloyds is slowly but surely recovering from the initial slump of March last year. From a shareholder perspective, this equates to 1.3p more earnings per share this quarter – a good reason to make me want to add Lloyds to my portfolio.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Another reason for the increase in investor confidence was the return of loan provisions that the bank is due to receive. This equated to £323m (compared to a £1.4bn charge for the same period last year), which puts Lloyds in a solid position heading into Q2 and the rest of the year, leaving it with additional capital to utilise. The final positive was the reduction of total costs to £1.9bn as part of a continued operating cost-control operation across the business.Not all positive news for Lloyds sharesWith this said, I must be cautious about its position when looking at the future. The bank’s close-knit relationship to the UK economy can bode both opportunities and threats. Although Lloyds’ bold prediction of growth in the UK economy over 2021 and 2022 would seem to put it in good stead, the economy has taken a major hit – as we have so clearly seen over the past 12 months – and is far from recovering. This means something such as a delay in our roadmap out, set by the government, could cause the share price to plummet back down from its current levels.As well as this, was it inevitable that results this quarter would be an improvement on those of last quarter at the outbreak of the pandemic? One could argue that the loan provisions have stolen the spotlight in covering up what many could call an expected improvement. Potential regulation on dividends may also provide instability for future investors.Light at the end of the tunnel?With the Prime Minister’s recent reiteration that the UK is on track to be completely free of coronavirus regulations come 21st June, there seems to be real optimism among investors for Q2 and the rest of this year ahead. Lloyds itself predicted growth in the UK economy in itsreport, and as such I believe now would be a good time to buy shares before we potentially begin to see some of the highs that we have with this stock over the past few years. 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March 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Decision Apopka 2018Apopka City Commission Candidate Feature: Seat #2 Leroy BellLeroy Bell is a firebrand.He is outspoken and candid. He shoots from the hip, speaks his mind and lets the chips fall where they may.And chips often fall.In the span of a four-minute public comment at a November 15th, 2017 City Council meeting, Bell had harsh words for Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, his wife, a city commissioner, the Apopka Police Department, the Apopka Fire Department, the Apopka Historical Society, and The Apopka Voice.Leroy BellBut now Bell would like to sit in Seat #2 of that same City Council.Bell is running against incumbent City Commissioner Diane Velazquez, the commissioner he had harsh words for in November, as well as challengers Alice Nolan and Alicia Koutsoulieris. And although he is brash at times in his approach, his reason for running is clear in his mind. “It came from an early age,” said Bell. I watched my father serving something bigger than himself. My father was a police officer, mechanic, pastor and community leader. I took that path. Growing up around people with a voice, and nobody listening to them. My father was the type of guy to give a voice to the voiceless. That’s what I want to be. I’m willing to serve for something bigger than myself like my father. I want to bring something to the City Council that hasn’t been there for years, and that’s the voice of the community. More than anything I want to bring the voiceless out of the shadows.” Bell was once a supporter of the administration that he now criticizes. In his viewpoint, they have not been transparent, and they have not delivered on their promises. “When this administration came in, you can say I was one of the people that drank the Kool-Aid. We took them out in the community, and they spoke with passion about things that need to be done in certain parts of the city that wasn’t done in other parts of the city. But once they were elected, they didn’t keep their word. I take people at their word, that’s why I’m high on integrity. I’ve helped plenty of people get elected. But once on the dais, they seem to be forgetful.” Bell is clearly a proponent of integrity. In fact, he named it as the most significant issue facing Apopka going forward. He believes trust can shape a future of security and prosperity. “Integrity is what keeps citizens engaged. Trust. When you gain trust, then different things begin to happen. You see the risk with first responders go down, especially with police officers. Pride comes up, cost and risks go down. When you gain trust, you get things done, and you get the things the people of this community want.”Bell wants to spearhead the idea of Apopka’s citizens taking the reins of government and becoming a much more significant voice in the future. “We the citizens have no say-so in this debacle they call a budget. We’re the citizens. We pay taxes. We should have a say-so in which direction the government is going or how fast it’s getting there. The City Council goes line by line through their budget. And then they pick this or that to add or cut… but if you had a citizen at the table they would be held accountable. It takes citizens to run the government. Not the politicians, the people.” Despite a 2017-18 Fiscal Budget at just under $125 million, and reserves in the general fund, Bell sees the City of Apopka as out of money. “We are in a deficit, not a surplus. We’re broke. They had to borrow money to balance the budget. Where is the money going? People say the budget is balanced. The mayor said at the State of the City address that we have reserves above 20%, but then we have commissioners that aren’t his rubber stamp say were at 18%, so they don’t know where the budget is at. I don’t know where the budget is at and half the folks in the community don’t know, so where’s the money? What is the actual bottom line of the budget right now?” Bell would like to see a more substantial reserve, and his plan has community support according to his conversations with them. “I think our reserves need to be at 25%, and plenty of people in the community agree with that. Most people keep a reserve of three house payments. That’s what the City should do. If the City doesn’t have the respect for the reserves to keep three months of expenses, it should explain why they need to put their hands on the reserves. You can’t just go using the reserves like it’s your slush fund. The roof at the amphitheater would’ve been fixed by now if they didn’t mess up the reserve.” His approach to getting reserves to that amount is to go through the budget with a fine tooth comb and finding unnecessary spending. “We would go through every line of the budget and streamline it. There are duplicate services we can end. We can cut the mayor’s salary in half. We can stop doing so many studies. If you meet with the community, you don’t have to hire a consulting firm.” Like many others, Bell is in favor of slow, managed growth. And his thoughts on how to slow and control it begin from the ground up. “We are a fast-growing community, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What I want is managed growth. Growing something that is simple into something complex. But before we grow, we need to get the roads fixed. We need to lay the foundation first. You can kill a town by bringing in too many businesses. What the people want is to manage the growth so that progress doesn’t outpace their salaries.”And when it comes to jobs, salary, and training the next generation of workforce, Bell believes that lies in the current and future business owners of Apopka. “You have to have good players in business, and we have great businesses in Apopka. So we need to partner with them. We need to get employment up. We start there. We get businesses to start pilot programs to hire and train the kids in their industry. That gives the next generation careers not just jobs. And when we do bring new business into Apopka, we make sure they are good stewards. Make sure they pay a living wage. Make sure they have healthcare for their employees. Then when homes start getting built, people can afford them.”He also believes that building the roads of today’s Apopka will pay dividends in the future, and protect the budget reserves he wants to establish. “Before we grow let’s get some sustainable infrastructure in place. This is where I can cut some more money in future budgets. You can put a Band-Aid on a problem instead of fixing it, and somewhere down the line, you’ve got to come back, and spend more of the reserve, because it wasn’t in the budget. It’s a lot of wasteful spending, and that’s where slowing growth and making sure you do it the right way is how you responsibly manage growth.” Bell’s first crusade into local causes came over 20 years ago after he moved back to Apopka, and it would shape his attitude about community advocacy forever. “In 1997 when I returned to Apopka, I noticed the dump was wide open right next to my mother’s house. You could see all the trash and birds and rodents… and there was a bad smell, and it seemed no one was doing anything about it. So my wife and I… and a local physician started fighting against the dump. Finally, we got them to close one of them early, but then we found out a lot is going on down there. Just in that area, you probably had 200 people die in the last 10 years from various respiratory causes. They have all kind of toxic places around there like medical waste, and you have the Apopka Wastewater Facility down there. It might be better, but sometimes people can’t come outside because of the smell. It’s sad to see you can’t do anything. Your hands are tied. So that’s where I got my passion. That’s where the spark plug comes from. In fights like that where people’s lives are on the line.” And despite his passion for the South Apopka community, Bell says he would be a commissioner for everyone. “I see myself as a champion for all of Apopka. My call is for all people. I just left the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Dreamers) meeting at the Hope CommUnity Center. I’m a champion for that. I speak out for the farmworkers. I’m for anybody that doesn’t have a voice. I guess I’m just crazy and loud enough that I’m not afraid to speak up.” And it is that loud, crazy, fearless description that Bell attributes to himself that is unusual for a would-be city commissioner where a diplomatic approach is often the norm for governance, but Bell is confident he can work with anyone on City Council or staff for the betterment of the community. “I can get along with anybody, especially for a common cause. We as people should be able to agree on some things, but some things we won’t. But we can always agree to disagree and come together. The blueprint of the City of Apopka starts with the citizens at the top, the City Council in the middle, then the administration at the bottom. I think the city would be much better off if they started using that blueprint rather than the citizens at the bottom, the City Council in the middle, and the administration at the top. So yes I would work well with anybody. I was a 12-year veteran of the US Army. I worked with 5,000 men at one time that was in my command. I can get along with people, but to get along with me best is to get along and do what the citizens are saying.” If elected, only time will only tell if Bell could transition from outspoken advocate to consensus-building commissioner, but at the end of the day, he is far more focused on the substance of his issues, than the tone he sets or the feathers he may ruffle. “I’m a servant. I want to serve the people; I just don’t show up for photo-ops. I’m a person that is concrete and tangible. I’m direct. I’m not abstract. I’m somebody you can touch. And that’s the way I’m running my campaign.” 1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! Barbara McLeod This is the man that came in the Apopka museum and started screaming at the volunteers in the mayor‘s wife! I have nothing good to say about this man. I’m so glad he did not get elected! 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