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Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 14, 2011 | About:

Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. (GCA) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $204.33 million; its shares were traded at around $3.15 with a P/E ratio of 5.53 and P/S ratio of 0.34. Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 1.8% over the past 5 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

In 2010, we processed over 102.2 million transactions, which resulted in approximately $21.2 billion in cash being disbursed to gaming patrons. For the year ended December 31, 2010, we generated revenues of $605.6 million and operating income from continuing operations before income taxes of $36.3 million. A summary of our financial information is contained in Note 13 Quarterly Results of Operations to our consolidated financial statements.

ATM cash withdrawal transactions represent the largest category of electronic payment transactions that we process, as measured by dollar and transaction volume. In an ATM cash withdrawal, a patron directly accesses funds from a device enabled with our ATM service by either using an ATM or debit card to withdraw funds from his or her bank account or using a credit card to access his or her line of credit; in either event, the patron must use the Personal Identification Number (PIN) associated with such card. Our processor then routes the transaction request through an electronic funds transfer (EFT) network to the patrons bank or issuer. Depending upon a number of factors, including the patrons account balance or credit limit and daily withdrawal limit (which is usually $300 to $500 during a 24-hour period and is determined by the patrons bank or issuer), the bank or issuer will either authorize or decline the transaction. If the transaction is authorized, then the ATM-enabled device dispenses the cash to the patron. For a transaction using an ATM or debit card, the patrons bank account is debited by the amount of cash disbursed plus a service fee that we assess the patron for the use of the ATM service. For a transaction using a credit card with a PIN, the patrons credit account is charged by the amount of the cash disbursed plus a service fee that we assess the patron for the use of the ATM service. The service fee is currently a fixed dollar amount and not a percentage of the transaction size. In most circumstances we pay a percentage of the service fee that we receive from the patron as a commission to our gaming establishment customer for the right to operate on its premises. We also receive a fee, which we refer to as reverse interchange, from the patrons bank for accommodating the banks customer.

Casino Cash Plus 3-in-1 ATM is an unmanned, cash-dispensing machine that offers patrons a quick way to access cash through ATM cash withdrawals, POS debit card transactions and credit card cash access transactions directly or using our patented 3-in-1 rollover functionality. Most financial institutions that issue ATM cards impose daily ATM withdrawal limits of $300 to $500 and in many instances aggregate and count Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as one day for purposes of calculating a cardholders daily ATM withdrawal limit. If a patron attempts to access more than the applicable ATM daily withdrawal limit, the ATM transaction may be declined. Our patented 3-in-1 rollover functionality allows a gaming patron to easily convert an unsuccessful ATM cash withdrawal transaction into a POS debit card transaction or a credit card cash access transaction. When a patron is denied a standard ATM transaction, our 3-in-1 rollover functionality automatically provides the option of obtaining funds via a POS debit card transaction or a credit card cash access transaction. For authorized ATM transactions, the Casino Cash Plus 3-in-1 ATM dispenses cash to the patron. For successful POS debit card transactions and credit card cash access transactions, once the transaction is authorized, the Casino Cash Plus 3-in-1 ATM instructs the patron to proceed to the casino cashier or GCA-operated booth, where the transaction is completed by undertaking certain procedures in accordance with the rules of the major card associations and dispensing cash to the patron. In addition to our own ATMs, we have strategic alliances with other financial institutions and third parties pursuant to which we have incorporated our 3-in-1 rollover functionality into our strategic alliance partners ATMs.

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