GameStop stocks fall as the company says it will sell stocks to fund transformation
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After a trading frenzy fueled by Reddit earlier this year, investors are finally getting a glimpse of GameStop’s fundamentals.
Here’s what the company did after the bell on Tuesday.
- Fourth quarter results were released that were missing Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines.
- In its recent management reorganization, the company named former managing director of Amazon and Google, Jenna Owens, as its new chief operating officer.
- In a note of transformation that got some investors excited about the stock, the company said global e-commerce sales rose 175% in the most recent quarter, accounting for more than a third of its sales over the period.
- GameStop also confirmed in a filing that it is considering selling additional shares.
The stock initially traded higher after the bell, but recently fell about 3%, with traders likely responding to the potential stock sale. An action that many investors and analysts deemed prudent given the stock’s surge fueled by Reddit.
“Since January 2021, we have been examining, especially in the course of the 2021 financial year, whether the ATM program (on the market) should be enlarged and shares of our ordinary shares of class A should be sold as part of the increased ATM program in order to accelerate our future transformation initiatives and the to finance general working capital needs, “the company said in a statement.
For the fiscal period ending January 2021, GameStop achieved $ 1.34 per share on revenue of $ 2.12 billion. Wall Street expected earnings per share of $ 1.35 on sales of $ 2.21 billion, according to the average of the six analysts at Refinitiv.
GameStop’s fourth quarter earnings typically make up most of the company’s annual earnings, which is increased by Christmas sales. GameStop’s sales in the same store rose 6.5% in the most recent quarter.
No instructions, but February strong
The company announced it will continue to suspend the guidelines, but is updating its fulfillment operations to increase the speed of its delivery and services. GameStop CEO George Sherman also announced that comparable store sales rose 23% in February thanks to strong global hardware sales.
“Looking ahead, we are excited about the opportunities that will arise as we begin to prioritize long-term digital and e-commerce initiatives while continuing to grow our core business in this emerging console cycle,” said Sherman in the earnings release .
Tuesday’s gains also mark GameStop’s first quarterly report since January’s GameStop retail frenzy.
In January, an epic short squeeze in GameStop’s stock shocked Wall Street, drawing attention to a rising class of retail investors on social media platforms like Reddit. GameStop’s share price rose to $ 483 per share and then lost 90% of its value. The controversy drew the attention of Wall Street and Washington.
Since GameStop’s rise and fall in January, the stock has continued to rise, with stocks rising nearly 70% this month. GameStop’s stock is up more than 860% in 2021.
GameStop has a market cap of nearly $ 14 billion, more than ten times the market value of $ 1.3 billion the stock was at the end of last year. A year ago, GameStop’s market cap was $ 245 million.
Cohen drives changes
GameStop stock has had a positive impact on new developments for the company over the past five months, such as the appointment of Chewy co-founder Ryan Cohen to the GameStop board of directors and the transition from technology and e-commerce to GameStop.
GameStop also said that after the bell it continues to seek executives with e-commerce, retail and technology expertise to aid in its turnaround.
Earlier this month, GameStop announced that Cohen had been won over to make the move to e-commerce. Cohen chairs a special committee formed by the GameStop board of directors to support its transformation. Board members Alan Attal, Chewy’s former top operations manager, and Kurt Wolf, Hestia Capital Management’s chief investment officer, are also represented on the committee.
Naming Owens as COO is the latest in a series of recent staff moves. The committee has already appointed a chief technology officer, hired two executives to lead customer service and e-commerce fulfillment, and started the search for a new chief financial officer with tech or e-commerce experience. GameStop previously announced that current CFO Jim Bell will step down on March 26th. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Business Insider reported that Bell was marketed by Cohen.
GameStop said Tuesday its chief customer officer Frank Hamlin would step down.