Consortium which includes KKCG and EMMA Capital submitted bid for Italian Lotto Concession

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16 Mar 2016

Prague, 16 March 2016 – Italian Gaming Holding a.s., a subsidiary of KKCG Group and EMMA Capital Group, has entered into a consortium to bid for the Italian Lotto tender. The other consortium members include Lottomatica S.p.A., a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT), Novomatic Italia S.p.A., and Arianna 2001 S.p.A., a company owned by the Federation of Italian Tobacconists.

The consortium members bring their strategic and operational expertise and financial resources together to deliver an unparalleled solution to provide for the continued success of the Lotto game in Italy.

The consortium submitted its bid on 16 March 2016, in accordance with the submission deadline for the Lotto tender.

If the consortium is awarded the Lotto concession, a joint venture company will be established. Italian Gaming Holding will have a 32.5% equity ownership and Lottomatica, Arianna 2001, and Novomatic Italia will have a 61.5%, 4%, and 2% share, respectively. Under the terms of the consortium agreement, Lottomatica will serve as the principal operating partner to fulfill the requirements of the Lotto license.

“Lotteries and gaming are key pillars of our business. This step fully conforms to the strategy pursued by SAZKA Group a.s., where we aim to build a large diversified European group that specializes in gaming," explained SAZKA Group’s Investment Director Štěpán Dlouhý.

About SAZKA Group a.s.

SAZKA Group a.s. is a holding company intended to aggregate all of the lottery and gaming assets of KKCG and EMMA groups. KKCG will own a 75% stake in the SAZKA Group while EMMA will own a 25% stake.

About KKCG

KKCG is an international investment group that manages assets worth approximately 1.6 billion euros and employs 2,500 persons. KKCG's strategy is focused on long-term strategic investments in such areas as lotteries and entertainment, crude oil and natural gas production, technology, tourism, real estate, mechanical engineering, and other sectors. KKCG operates in 10 countries worldwide.


EMMA CAPITAL is an investment group established in 2012 at the initiative of its majority shareholder Jiří Šmejc. EMMA CAPITAL specializes in strategic investments, where it mainly focuses on the retail business. The usual strategy followed by companies associated under EMMA CAPITAL consists of active involvement in the management of companies in which the group invests. EMMA CAPITAL currently conducts business in the Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, and Slovakia. In addition, EMMA CAPITAL owns a 13.37% stake in the Home Credit Group, a leading international provider of consumer credit.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:

Dana Dvořáková
Communication Director, KKCG, a.s.
Vinohradská 230
Prague 10
Tel.: 602 372 834

Pavel Zuna
Head of Investor & Public Relations
Emerging Markets Capital, a.s., Thakurova 531/4, 160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
T: +420 226 291 600, M: +420 602 475 698