GameStop earnings: What to expect from the videogame retailer and original meme stock (2024)

By James Rogers

Company set to report third-quarter results after the closing bell Wednesday

GameStop Corp., which has enjoyed a recent meme-like rally in its shares, reports third-quarter results after market close on Wednesday.

The videogame retailer's shares had their best two-day gain in eight months last week as the company announced its fiscal third-quarter earnings date. GameStop's stock (GME) was up 2.8% in premarket trades Wednesday, after ending Tuesday's session down 12.2%.

GameStop was also a top trending symbol on Stocktwits, a social platform for investors and traders, last week. "Message activity and the number of users participating in the conversation on the Stocktwits $GME stream have remained elevated for the last six months," Tom Bruni, the lead writer of Stocktwits' Daily Rip newsletter, told MarketWatch last week. Sentiment, he added, has leaned toward bullish and accelerated to "extremely bullish" last week.

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GameStop beat expectations when it reported second-quarter results in early September, boosted by international sales and what the company described as "a significant software release."

GameStop, like fellow meme-stock darling AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (AMC), was a major beneficiary of the meme-stock buying frenzy in January 2021. Boosted by the WallStreetBets crowd on Reddit, the struggling videogame retailer's stock soared, rising more than 1,200% between January and March 2021 as the company's market cap surpassed $17 billion. But shares have pulled back significantly since then, and GameStop's market cap is now $4.6 billion.

While GameStop's second-quarter results beat expectations, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said in September that the company faces a number of obstacles to return to growth. These include a continuing shift of game sales from physical to digital, declining hardware sales, far fewer big console game releases going forward and a noticeable shift to PC games, most of which are delivered digitally. The analyst also highlighted growth of gaming subscription services as an obstacle. Set against this backdrop, Wedbush lowered its GameStop price target to $6 from $6.20.

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The company has also seen major leadership changes this year. Activist investor Ryan Cohen was named CEO of GameStop in late September, marking the latest chapter in his attempt to breathe new life into the company. GameStop fired then-CEO Matthew Furlong in June and said that its board had elected Cohen as its executive chairman.

Cohen, the co-founder and former CEO of Chewy Inc. (CHWY), made his first investment in GameStop in August 2020 via his investment firm, RC Ventures. News of Cohen's 9% stake in the gaming retailer sent the stock surging at the time. The activist investor quickly began pushing for an overhaul of GameStop, with a focus on digital sales, and he joined the company's board in January 2021.

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While Cohen's supporters and fans of GameStop took to social media to celebrate his appointment as CEO, Wedbush analyst Pachter was much less effusive. "It means business as usual, which is to say a slow bleed of cash with no clear alternatives to reverse the continuing decline in physical game sales and store traffic," he told MarketWatch in late September.

From the archives (September 2023): GameStop's stock soars after activist investor Ryan Cohen named CEO

Here are the key numbers to look for ahead of Wednesday's report.

Earnings: The FactSet consensus calls for an adjusted loss of 8 cents a share, after a loss of 31 cents a share in the same period a year earlier.

Revenue: Analysts tracked by FactSet expect the videogame retailer to report fiscal-third-quarter revenue of $1.182 billion, down slightly from $1.186 billion in the same period last year.

Stock movement: Last quarter, GameStock's stock rose 0.8% on the day following its results. GameStop shares have fallen 19% in 2023, compared with the S&P 500 index's SPX gain of 19%.

-James Rogers

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