Steve April 5, 2021
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Video game retailer GameStop, darling of Reddit-fuelled day traders, has increased the value of new stock it may sell from $100m to $1bn.

GameStop Corp on Monday increased the value of new stock it may sell from $100m to $1bn, as the United States video game retailer seeks to capitalise on a surge in its shares from a Reddit-driven rally this year.

GameStop stock has rampaged over 900 percent higher since January in highly volatile trading as amateur investors organised on social media sites such as Reddit staged a stubborn buying spree, winning out over Wall Street hedge funds that had bet against its shares rising

GameStop’s shares fell as much as 13.9 percent on Monday. They briefly reversed course to trade up slightly, but were trading lower again at 11:53 am EDT (15:53 GMT) at $188.50.

The company has not sold any new shares since the frenzy started, mainly because security laws prevented it from doing so without disclosing its latest financial information, Reuters news agency reported in February.

GameStop reported fourth-quarter earnings on March 23, and on Monday it published unaudited sales results for its fiscal first quarter to date, to bring investors up-to-date with its financial situation.

GameStop said it may sell up to 3.5 million shares worth no more than $1bn, and use the proceeds to hasten its shift to e-commerce in an overhaul being led by billionaire Ryan Cohen, GameStop’s biggest shareholder and board member.

In a regulatory filing for the offering, Grapevine, Texas-based GameStop addressed the last three months’ extreme gyrations in its shares, which have swung from as low as $19.94 to as high as $347.51.

“During this time, we have not experienced any material changes in our financial condition or results of operations that would explain such price volatility or trading volume,” GameStop said.

“Investors that purchase shares of our common stock in this offering may lose a significant portion of their investments if the price of our common stock subsequently declines.”

GameStop had registered in December with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to sell $100m worth of stock through an at-the-market offering (ATM), which it never deployed.

The company said on Monday that global sales for the nine-week period ending April 4 rose about 11 percent.

“A lot of interested parties have been asking about when GameStop would do something like this,” Telsey Advisory Group analyst Joseph Feldman said.

“The stock has remained elevated so the company is taking advantage of the access to capital.”

The prospectus for the new $1bn ATM offering filed with the SEC replaces the previous $100m proposal. The ATM programme allows GameStop to sell stock over a prolonged period of time.

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