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GameStop shares fall 33% on lack of transformation detail, possible share sale

Tuesday’s earnings mark the brick-and-mortar video game retailer’s first quarterly report since the GameStop trading mania in January.

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Investors finally got a look at GameStop‘s fundamentals following a Reddit-fueled trading frenzy earlier this year and were left wanting more from the video game retailer.

Here’s what the company announced after the bell Tuesday.

  • It released fiscal fourth-quarter results that missed Wall Street’s estimates on the top and bottom lines.
  • In its latest executive shake-up, the company named former Amazon and Google executive Jenna Owens as its new chief operating officer.
  • In a hint of the transformation that’s got some investors excited about the stock, the company said global e-commerce sales jumped 175% last quarter and accounted for more than a third of its sales in the period.
  • GameStop also acknowledged in a filing that it was considering selling additional equity shares to fund its transformation.
  • During a much anticipated earnings conference call that at one point reached maximum capacity, the company declined to answer questions.

Shares tanked 33.8% on Wednesday on the potential share sale and disappointment that a more detailed transformation wasn’t unveiled.

“The highly anticipated 4Q20 earnings report from GameStop was a bit anti-climatic,” wrote Telsey Advisory Group analyst Joseph Feldman. “While EPS met the consensus, it was completely driven by a tax benefit that offset much worse than expected operating profit. Moreover, while everyone was expecting big news about some massive digital transformation in the mold of the new tech-oriented board members, nothing was said.”

“In fact, the company did not even take questions on the earnings conference call,” added Feldman. “As for the much anticipated strategic plan, it sounded like every other retailer.”

For the fiscal period ended January 2021, GameStop earned $1.34 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion. Wall Street was expecting earnings per share of $1.35 on revenue of $2.21 billion, according to Refinitiv’s average of the six analysts.

GameStop’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings typically make up the majority of the company’s yearly earnings, boosted by holiday sales. The company’s same-store sales rose 6.5% last quarter.

The company said it is continuing to suspend guidance, but is updating its fulfillment operations to boost the speed of its delivery and services. GameStop CEO George Sherman also revealed that February comparable store sales increased 23%, thanks to strength in hardware sales worldwide.

Along with the mania-fueled trading, GameStop’s stock has responded positively on new developments for the company in the past five months like the appointment of Chewy co-founder Ryan Cohen to GameStop’s board and a focus on GameStop’s technology and e-commerce transition.

GameStop said after the bell that it continues to seek out executive talent with e-commerce, retail and technology expertise to bolster its turnaround. Sherman said on the conference call that GameStop was “focused on transforming into a customer-obsessed technology company that excites gamers.”

Earlier this month, GameStop announced it tapped Cohen to lead its shift to e-commerce. He is serving as chairman of a special committee formed by GameStop’s board to help its transformation. Board members Alan Attal, Chewy’s former top operations executive, and Kurt Wolf, chief investment officer of Hestia Capital Management, also serve on the committee.

Earlier this year, an epic short squeeze in the company’s stock shocked Wall Street and drew attention to an emerging class of retail investor on social media platforms like Reddit. GameStop’s share price skyrocketed to $483 per share, and subsequently lost 90% of its value. The controversy drew the attention of Wall Street and Washington.

GameStop still has a market capitalization of nearly $13 billion through Tuesday’s close, 10 times the $1.3 billion market value the stock had at the end of last year. A year ago, GameStop’s market capitalization was $245 million.

Naming Owens as COO is the latest in a series of recent personnel moves, but it remains to be seen whether these moves and the sparse detail given Tuesday night will satisfy investors that have bid up the stock to such high levels.

Telsey’s Feldman lowered his price target on the shares to $30 from $33 following the results. The new target would represent a decline of more than 80% from Tuesday’s close.

— With reporting from CNBC’s Jesse Pound and Michael Bloom.

“In fact, the company did not even take questions on the earnings conference call,” added Feldman. “As for the much anticipated strategic plan, it sounded like every other retailer.”

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/23/gamestop-shares-rise-on-e-commerce-sales-jump-new-coo.html

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Stitch Fix shares surge as online styling service reports surprise profit

Stitch Fix shares jumped after the online shopping and styling service reported a surprise profit for its fiscal fourth quarter.

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The Stitch Fix application for download in the Apple App Store on a smartphone arranged in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S., on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Stitch Fix Inc. is scheduled to release earning on June 7.

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Stitch Fix shares jumped 14% in extended trading Tuesday after the online shopping and styling service reported a surprise profit for its fiscal fourth quarter.

Sales for the three-month period ended July 31 also came in higher than analysts were expecting, thanks to outsized growth in Stitch Fix’s women’s and kids’ categories. Menswear has been growing more slowly, the company said.

Consumers have been splurging on new outfits in recent months, as many head back to school and return to social gatherings. Some have also citied the need for new clothes after either gaining or losing weight during the Covid pandemic.

Here’s how Stitch Fix did compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 19 cents vs. a loss of 13 cents expected
  • Revenue: $571.2 million vs. $548 million expected

Net income attributable to shareholders was $28 million, or 19 cents per share, in the latest period. A year ago, it posted a net loss of $44.5 million, or 44 cents a share. Analysts had been looking for the company to book a loss of 13 cents per share.

Revenue grew to $571.2 million from $443.4 million a year earlier. That was better than analysts’ expectations for $548 million.

Stitch Fix reported nearly 4.2 million active clients, up 18% from a year earlier. The company said net revenue per active client was $505, surpassing the $500 threshold for the first time ever. Customers have been purchasing more items to keep at home, Stitch Fix said, as they have more brands and price points to choose from.

Stitch Fix defines active clients as people who either ordered a “Fix” subscription or bought an item directly from its website in the preceding 52 weeks from the final day of the quarter.

The company also said it had its lowest ever churn rate at the end of the period, meaning its customers are sticking around.

Last month, Stitch Fix finally opened up its direct-buy option, which is now known as “Freestyle,” to the public. This allows people to shop Stitch Fix for individual items of clothing, without needing to sign up for a subscription.

CEO Elizabeth Spaulding said this should help Stitch Fix grow its addressable market in the year ahead. The company’s next initiative will be to market and raise broader awareness around the offering, she said. Stitch Fix is preparing to roll out a national advertising campaign on the debut.

Early indications are that “Freestyle” is meaningfully accretive to the company’s revenue per active client metric, Spaulding told analysts on a conference call.

“Clients have agency, flexibility and choice while also experiencing a highly personalized shopping experience,” Spaulding said.

For its fiscal first quarter, Stitch Fix said it sees sales in a range of $560 million to $575 million. That’s below analysts’ expectations for $588 million.

For the upcoming fiscal year, Stitch Fix anticipates sales rising 15% or more from the prior year. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had been looking for an 18% increase.

While the entire retail industry is working through supply chain complications, Stitch Fix said it is seeing a small impact, but nothing that will hurt the business in the fall and winter months. The company said it is less reliant on Vietnam, where manufacturing has largely come to a standstill due to ongoing pandemic lockdowns in the region.

As of Tuesday’s market close, Stitch Fix shares have fallen nearly 39% this year. The company has a market cap of $3.8 billion.

Find the full press release from Stitch Fix here.

Sales for the three-month period ended July 31 also came in higher than analysts were expecting, thanks to outsized growth in Stitch Fix’s women’s and kids’ categories. Menswear has been growing more slowly, the company said.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/21/stitch-fix-sfix-q4-2021-earnings.html

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