Should you gamble on Ainsworth Game Technology Limited’s big dividend?

So far this year shareholders of gaming machine manufacturer Ainsworth Game Technology Limited (ASX: AGI) have not had much to shout about.

With the company recently reporting that full year profit was down 21% year on year to $55.7 million, it comes as little surprise to learn that its shares have dropped significantly lower in the last 12 months.

At the same time its industry rival Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) has been having an incredible year. In its interim results that were released in May, Aristocrat Leisure reported a massive 105% increase in statutory net profit to $159.1 million.

Aristocrat Leisure’s shares are up 77% over the last 12 months on the back of this strong performance, compared to the 22% decline in Ainsworth Game Technology’s share price.

But with Ainsworth Game Technology’s shares now changing hands at under 13x full year earnings and expected to provide a fully franked 4.9% dividend in the next 12 months, could now be a good time to gamble on its shares?

Whilst I wouldn’t expect fireworks from the company, I do believe the strong growth of its international business will provide steady earnings growth for the next few years which could make it a good prospect for investors today.

International revenue grew 38% last year to $204 million, which means it now accounts for 71.5% of total revenue. This may get a further boost in the year ahead through its tie up with Novomatic.

Management revealed in its recent investor presentation that the early exploration of game library and co-operation in the key North American market has been encouraging.

I find this to be promising and look forward to the company providing a further update on its progress at its AGM. Traditionally the company holds its AGM in mid-November, so investors may want to hold off making an investment until then.

Alternatively these rapidly growing shares could be great investments today. Each has the potential to bolt higher in the months ahead if you ask me.

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