GameStop shares cut losses after the Reddit favorite plans a $1 billion stock sale

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GameStop shares trimmed their double-digit losses in volatile trading Monday after the video game retailer announced it was selling up to $ 1 billion in additional shares after a historic Reddit short squeeze.

GameStop recently traded 3% lower at around $ 185 per share. Earlier in the day, the company saw its shares fall as much as 14% after announcing a stock offering of up to 3.5 million shares. The company intends to use the proceeds to further accelerate its e-commerce transformation as well as for general corporate purposes and to further strengthen its balance sheet.

The offer is seen as a way for the retailer to capitalize on its recent staggering rally, sparked by a group of Reddit-obsessed retailers aiming for sharply shortened stocks. GameStop rose 400% to over $ 400 per share in a week in January.

GameStop, a brick and mortar retailer, was listed at less than $ 20 per share earlier in the year.

GameStop is in the midst of a technology and e-commerce transition led by activist investor and board member Ryan Cohen, the co-founder of Chewy. The company hired former Amazon and Google CEO Jenna Owens as its new chief operating officer.

In a separate release on Monday, GameStop announced that total global revenue in the first nine weeks of fiscal 2021 was up approximately 11% year over year. In the five-week period ending April 2, total global sales increased 18% year over year.

“The company has not yet shown financial success in an industry that is rapidly moving to digital,” said Joseph Feldman, an analyst at Telsey Advisory Group, in a statement on Monday. “We continue to believe that the current valuation far exceeds our rosy fundamental expectations and projected multi-year benefits from the strategic transformation.”

Two weeks ago, the company reported worse-than-expected fourth-quarter results that were missed in the upper and lower ranges. However, GameStop announced that e-commerce sales rose 175% in the most recent quarter, accounting for more than a third of sales for the reporting period.

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