Gamestop Shares Plummet Amid Plans to Sell Additional Shares and Weak First-Quarter Results

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Written By Joel Gbolade

GameStop experienced a significant drop in its stock value, plummeting 25% following the announcement of its intention to sell more shares and the release of preliminary first-quarter results indicating a decrease in sales.

In a recent regulatory filing, GameStop revealed plans to sell up to 45 million class A common shares through an at-the-market offering. This move follows a surge in GameStop shares earlier in the week, driven by a brief resurgence of interest in meme stocks.

First-Quarter Sales Prediction

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Additionally, GameStop disclosed in a separate statement that it now projects its net first-quarter sales to be between $872 million and $892 million. This is a stark contrast to the approximately $1.24 billion reported for the same period last year. FactSet polled two analysts who had anticipated first-quarter revenue to be around $1 billion.

The company’s net loss for the first quarter is expected to be between $27 million and $37 million, which is an improvement from the $50.5 million net loss reported in the same quarter of the previous year. Despite this, GameStop continues to face challenges from e-commerce competitors. In late March, the company announced job cuts as part of efforts to reduce costs.

The Gamestop Rally

The brief rally in GameStop’s stock this week was partly driven by posts on X from the long-dormant account of “Roaring Kitty,” also known as Keith Gill, a prominent figure in the 2021 meme stock phenomenon.

On Tuesday, GameStop’s stock reached a high of $64.83 per share, marking a more than 200% increase from its close on May 10.

However, the rally was short-lived. GameStop’s stock price fell sharply on Wednesday and Thursday, closing at just $27.67 on Thursday, a drop of more than 50% from the week’s highs. Net retail trader inflows have been significantly lower compared to the levels seen during the trading frenzy three years ago.

Gamestop’s Grim Investor Outlook

Michael Pachter, a Wedbush analyst who covers GameStop, provided a grim outlook for the company. “They made $6 million last year and burned cash,” Pachter said. “We expect them to lose $100 million a year going forward. It’s a race to see if they can close stores fast enough to limit losses, but they have no plan that would suggest they can grow revenues or profits, and their core business is in decline.”

GameStop’s ongoing struggles highlight the difficulties faced by traditional brick-and-mortar retailers in an increasingly digital marketplace. The company’s efforts to cut costs, including the recent job cuts, indicate its attempt to navigate these challenges.

Gamestop’s Hunt for Financial Stability

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However, the planned sale of additional shares and the projected first-quarter losses suggest that GameStop still has a long way to go to achieve financial stability.

In conclusion, GameStop’s recent performance and strategic decisions underscore the significant hurdles it faces in maintaining its business. The stock’s volatility, driven by both speculative trading and fundamental challenges, reflects the uncertain future of the company in a competitive retail landscape.

The next few quarters will be crucial for GameStop as it seeks to stabilize its operations and find a sustainable path forward.


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