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SLOVENIA (PART II)


In recent developments, the CEO Hit Group, MD. Drago Podobnik, the Deputy Governor of the Altai district of central administration and the President for Economic Affairs and Investment, Dr.


Mikhail Ščetininom, have signed a letter of intent to participate and advise upon the development of a casino bid in the Siberian Federal District.


A cooperative agreement was formed several months ago taking into consideration that last year the Russian Federation, following the closure of all casinos in July 2009, identified four zones in which development is allowed to offer gambling. These include Altaic* county, established in Barnaul, which has decided to set up and begin to develop the gaming zone based on US gaming and entertainment lines, and attract a distinguished and experienced partner for consulting in this field. Operation of this zone is related to the implementation of gaming and tourism activities.


Hit is to provide advice on matters relating to the establishment of the zone, but as an investor itself does not intend to enter into operations. Altai district administration is committed to this agreement to prepare all the necessary information, provide the conditions for implementation of activities and events, and approve procedures to promote investment in the zone.


This Letter of Intent is an important part of the administration’s efforts for the future development of Hit, which is facing a deepening economic crisis and unfavourable operating conditions and circumstances. Hit is also facing union threats of strikes as it tries to agree a redundancy and pay reduction plan with staff. The company’s management believes that the agreement in Russia represents a new significant revenue from the transfer of knowledge and experience.


“From this cooperation we expect a lot because the potential is truly unique. This is an area of around six million inhabitants; capital is relatively rich, but in terms of gaming and tourism they are without experience. I am sure that using our advanced knowledge and extensive experience they can not only offer quality assistance and professional counselling, but also many new lessons,” said CEO, Dr. Drago Podobnik.


*Altaic, the Russian federal district unit of the south-western Siberian federal district and should not be confused with the Autonomous Republic of Altai.


CASINOPOROTROZ Casino Porotroz is the second largest casino operator in Slovenia and is a joint


SLOVENIA:COMPANYREVENUES COMPANY HitCasinos Aurora


2008 Maestral


ColoseumClub Kristal* Mond* Larix*


TOTAL


€178.3m €6.9m €13.3m €4.9m €6.1m


€10.6m €2.9m


€223m


SHARE 79.9% 3.1% 6%


2.2% 2.8% 4.5% 1.3%


100%


2007


204.1m €8.5m €10.3m €6.3m €1.1m €1.1m


€231m


*KristalandMondonlycommencedoperationsat theendof2007. Larixisonly showing50percentofGGRfor2008.


stock company which operates two casinos and one slot hall plus has interests in various hotels.


It operates the oldest casino in Slovenia, Casino Portoroz, which first opened in the Palace Hotel in Portoroz and this was later moved to the Hotel Metropol followed by Casino Lipica which opened in 1989 and Casino Lido in 2001.


In 1983 in accordance with the Slovenian tourism and casino development policy


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The casinos are all state owned and managed by


companieswho


obtain concessions for the licences and there are five casino


operating companies (Hit, CasinoKobarid, Hit Sentilj, Portoroz and Bled). In 2009


therewere a total of 2,177,680visitors .


Casino Portoroz set up a gaming hall together with the hotelier Hotel Park from which the company HIT was developed. Six years later in December 1989 Portoroz opened an independent casino in Lipica. The casino has since seen several refurbishment programmes due to its success and was modernised in 1991 and in 1993.


In 1990 Casino Portoroz and Kompas Magistrat opened a casino in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana and 1992 the company


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