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

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Shares of GameStop pared their double-digit losses in volatile trading Monday after the video game retailer said it may sell up to $1 billion worth of additional shares following a historic Reddit-fueled short squeeze.

GameStop last traded 4% lower at around $182 a share. Earlier in the day, the company saw its shares drop as much as 14% after announcing a stock offering of up to 3.5 million shares. The company said it intends to use the proceeds to further accelerate its e-commerce transformation as well as for general corporate purposes and further strengthening its balance sheet. 

The offering is viewed as a way for the retailer to capitalize on its recent jaw-dropping rally prompted by a band of Reddit-obsessed retail traders who targeted heavily shorted stocks. GameStop surged 400% in a week in January to above $400 a share amid the massive short squeeze.

At the very beginning of the year, GameStop, a brick-and-mortar retailer, traded at less than $20 a share.

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

In a separate release on Monday, GameStop said its total global sales increased about 11% for the first nine-weeks of fiscal 2021 from the same period a year ago. For the five-week period ended April 2, total global sales grew 18% year-over-year, the company said.

“The company has yet to show financial success in an industry that is rapidly shifting to digital,” Joseph Feldman, analyst at Telsey Advisory Group, said in a note Monday. “We continue to believe 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 which missed on the top and bottom lines. However, GameStop said its e-commerce sales jumped 175% last quarter and accounted for more than a third of its sales in the period.

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