George Sherman, who was set to officially step down from his CEO role next month, has served as the Grapevine-based video game retailer’s chief executive since 2019.

GameStop Corp. today announced the appointment of Matt Furlong to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. The appointment date aligns with Mr. Furlong’s start date as GameStop’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Coinciding with Mr. Furlong’s appointment, George Sherman has retired from the Board. Five of the six members of the Board remain independent.

Furlong was named GameStop’s incoming CEO earlier this month at Q1 2021 Earnings. Furlong, a former Amazon executive, was hired as part of new chairman Ryan Cohen’s plan to expand e-commerce initiatives.

Sherman’s resignation from the board is effective immediately.

Source: GameStop News Room

GameStop has gone dark.

GMEdd.com has made it clear – LinkedIn is the place to see what GameStop is up to. In the midst of one of the “biggest transformations in history,” GameStop has refreshed their corporate branding alongside their corporate governance.

While other innovative companies opt for inviting colors, GameStop has gone bold – a sleek Black and White.

The company appears to believe their name says it all.

The gaming retailer’s consumer-facing branding has not changed at all; the signature bright red is still present on GameStop’s Twitter and Facebook profiles.

GameStop’s LinkedIn prior to today, displaying the slogan under George Sherman

GameStop’s Corporate Twitter also displays the refreshed branding, with the same header and icon as LinkedIn.

These brash differences between GameStop Corp. and GameStop the retailer seem to imply that GameStop intends on being much more than a gaming store, with possible divisions existing under the corporate hold.

Some speculate that the corporate branding change may solely be in recognition of Juneteenth, a United States federal holiday made famous by President Trump that commemorates the end of slavery.

While this is possible, it seems more likely to not be the case because GameStop does not have a past of recognizing holidays this way. Elliot Wilke, GameStop’s Chief Growth Officer, has also shown off a sweet black on black GameStop Corp. hoodie in the past, foreshadowing this sleek rebrand.

Source: GameStop on LinkedIn, GameStop Corp. on Twitter

Larry Cheng believes that some businesses have the potential to break the traditional paradigm – they can play chess while everyone else plays checkers.

Larry Cheng, co-founder and managing partner of Volition Capital, was the first major investor to back Chewy after the company was turned down numerous times by other firms.

Larry’s investment through Volition was key to the growth and expansion of Chewy, and as a result, Larry and Ryan remain “fast friends.” While GameStop is a different story than Chewy,  Larry’s involvement in the turnaround has become clear through his nomination and proceeding placement on GameStop’s Board at the 2021 annual meeting.

You can read more about the past between Larry Cheng, Chewy, and Ryan Cohen here.

At one minute after market close on Friday, Larry Cheng shares some of his thoughts on Twitter about companies breaking traditional paradigms.

Every company is a company. However, on rare occasion, some companies become movements. The company ends up standing for something much larger and more significant than itself. These companies break the traditional paradigm – they can play chess when everyone else plays checkers.

While it is not clear if GameStop’s latest board member is talking here about his philosophy towards the future of the gaming retailer, we can at least appreciate that he understands the greater impact a business can have on the world.

Source: Larry Cheng on Twitter

GameStop’s hiring frenzy amid “one of the biggest online transformations in history,” continues, as LinkedIn unveils the latest VP of Merchandising from Amazon.

The “hiring frenzy” first coined by the now former VP, Marketing Evan Smith in a February 2021 post highlighted by GMEdd.com has reigned true, revealing GameStop’s success in acquiring new talent at a rate that can be compared to the likes of the hottest new startup.

One of GameStop’s favorites to poach from? Amazon.

Revealed on LinkedIn,  GameStop has now recruited  six-year Amazon veteran Rob Mayer to serve as GameStop’s Vice President of Merchandising, alongside the several other VPs of Merchandising with tech backgrounds.

At Amazon, Rob Mayer most recently served as Amazon’s Head of Vendor Management, Consumer Electronics. 

This supports the thesis that GameStop will likely continue to expand into a wider range of electronics, surpassing solely gaming hardware.

This isn’t where the story ends, though.

Upon the recruitment of Matt Francis as Chief Technology Officer in February 2021, GMEdd.com began keeping track of GameStop’s latest hires using data from LinkedIn. While our last story highlighting GameStop’s recruiting released in May, the company has since doubled their new talent.

View an updated and interactive version of this sheet at GMEdd.com Report & Models

GameStop has hired, from Amazon alone:

  • Matt Francis, Chief Technology Officer
  • Josh Krueger, Vice President of Fulfillment
  • Maggie McCanner, Sr. Director Product Management
  • Jenna Owens, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President
  • Neda Pacifico, Senior Vice President, Ecommerce
  • Elliott Wilke, Chief Growth Officer
  • Phil Landis, Director Ops Integration
  • Sean McHugh, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • Skyler Ramirez, Vice President, Instock
  • Joshua Flores, Inventory Specialist
  • Aaron Curtis, General Manager
  • Kristy Roach, Director IC/QA and Learning
  • John Crampton, Senior EHS Manager
  • Matt Furlong, Incoming Chief Executive Officer
  • Mike Rucepero, Incoming Chief Financial Officer

This indicates, from just what’s available to us publicly on LinkedIn, GameStop has poached double-digit Amazon employees, making an e-commerce centric pivot the clear trajectory.

Source: GameStop on LinkedIn

Announced in addition to Quarter 1 earnings, GameStop Corp. intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a prospectus supplement to the base prospectus included in the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 under which the Company may offer and sell up to 5 million shares of its common stock, from time to time, in “at-the-market” offerings.

The Company intends to use net proceeds for general corporate purposes as well as for investing in growth initiatives and maintaining a strong balance sheet. The timing and amount of any sales of shares, if any, will depend on a variety of factors, including prevailing market conditions, the trading price of shares and other factors as determined by GameStop Corp.

In the prospectus supplement, GameStop states that on June 8, 2021, the last reported sale price of common stock on the NYSE was $300.00 per share.

Our common stock has recently experienced extreme volatility in price and trading volume. From January 11, 2021 to June 8, 2021, the closing price of our common stock on the NYSE ranged from as low as $19.94 to as high as $347.51 and daily trading volume ranged from approximately 1,790,000 to 197,200,000 shares. 

Jefferies will be entitled to compensation at a commission rate of up to 1.5% of the gross sales price per share of common stock sold through it as sales agent pursuant to the Sales Agreement. 

Source: GameStop News Room, GameStop Investor Relations

Net Sales Grew 25% to $1.3 Billion

Appoints Technology Veterans Matt Furlong and Mike Recupero to CEO and CFO Positions, Respectively

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), today reported results for the first quarter ended May 1, 2021.

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Net sales increased 25.1% to $1.277 billion, compared to $1.021 billion in the fiscal 2020 first quarter, overcoming a nearly 12% reduction in the Company’s global store base due to strategic de-densification efforts, and continued store closures across Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Gross margin was 25.9%, a decline of 180 basis points compared to the fiscal 2020 first quarter;
  • Reported selling, general and administrative expenses were $370.3 million, a decline of $16.2 million, or 4.2%, from $386.5 million in the fiscal 2020 first quarter. Adjusted for severance, transformation and other costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were $351.7 million, a decline of $29.5 million, or 7.7%, from $381.2 million in the fiscal 2020 first quarter;
  • Operating loss of ($40.8) million compared to ($108.0) million in the fiscal 2020 first quarter. Adjusted operating loss of ($21.6) million compared to ($98.8) million in the fiscal 2020 first quarter;
  • Net loss of ($66.8) million, or ($1.01) per diluted share as compared to net loss of ($165.7) million, or ($2.57) per diluted share, in the fiscal 2020 first quarter. Adjusted net loss of ($29.4) million or ($0.45) per diluted share, compared to adjusted net loss of ($157.6) million or ($2.44) per diluted share in the fiscal 2020 first quarter;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of ($0.7) million compared to ($75.5) million in the fiscal 2020 first quarter, and;
  • Income tax expense was $1.3 million compared to income tax expense of $50.4 million in the fiscal 2020 first quarter.  

Capital Structure and Liquidity Update

As of May 1, 2021, the Company had $770.8 million in cash and restricted cash, compared to $583.9 million in cash and restricted cash in the prior year. The Company had no borrowings under its asset-based revolving credit facility and no long-term debt.

On April 26, 2021, the Company announced it raised approximately $551.7 million in net proceeds through the issuance of 3.5 million shares of common stock under its “at-the-market” equity offering program, resulting in total shares outstanding of approximately 71.9 million. The Company has used and intends to continue using net proceeds to accelerate GameStop’s transformation as well as for general corporate purposes and further strengthening the balance sheet.

On April 30, 2021, the Company completed its voluntary early redemption of $216.4 million in principal amount of its 10.0% Senior Notes due 2023 on April 30, 2021. This voluntary early redemption covered the entire amount of the outstanding 10.0% Senior Notes, which represented all of the Company’s long-term debt.

Earnings Conference

GameStop has unveiled on their investor relations page that they will be livestreaming the Q1 2021 Earnings conference call webcast on YouTube.

This is highly unlike most other public companies, and may be a sign of GameStop paving the way to become more forward facing and shareholder-friendly with Ryan Cohen now serving as Chairman of the Board.

Source: GameStop News Room

Matt Furlong, Veteran E-Commerce Leader and Technology Industry Executive, Appointed CEO

Mike Recupero, Seasoned Technology Industry Finance Executive, Appointed CFO

GameStop Corp. today announced that it has appointed Matt Furlong as Chief Executive Officer and Mike Recupero as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Furlong and Mr. Recupero join from Amazon, where they each held senior roles and oversaw various growth initiatives during their respective tenures. 

Matt Furlong, Incoming Ceo

Mr. Furlong is a veteran e-commerce leader with significant experience implementing growth strategies across global geographies and product categories. Most recently, he was a Country Leader and oversaw Amazon’s Australia business during a period of substantial growth. He was previously a Technical Advisor to the head of Amazon’s North America Consumer business. Throughout his nearly nine years at Amazon, he also ran a variety of product categories and oversaw strong market share expansion. Mr. Furlong began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he was an executive focused on brand, marketing and sales strategies.

Mike Recupero, Incoming CFO

Mr. Recupero is a seasoned technology industry finance executive, who spent more than 17 years at Amazon supporting growth across global geographies and product categories. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of the North American Consumer business after serving as Chief Financial Officer of Prime Video. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of the European Consumer business. He began his career at Amazon, holding Analyst, Manager and Director roles of increasing responsibility.   

Start Dates

These appointments reflect the refreshed Board’s focus on building a technology company and investing in growth. Mr. Furlong’s start date is June 21, 2021 and Mr. Recupero’s start date is July 12, 2021.

Source: GameStop Newsroom

The 2021 GameStop Annual Shareholder Meeting has officially concluded, setting the stage for Q1 2021 Earnings at market close and the proceeding conference call at 5:00pm EST.

From 11:00am to 11:15am at 625 Westport Parkway, Grapevine, Texas, the gaming retailer’s board worked to confirm new nominees such as Larry Cheng, the first investor in Chewy and a mentor to Ryan Cohen.

Ryan Cohen, now officially chairman of the board, gave a speech via Zoom to the crowd of over 200 shareholders. GMEdd has transcribed the speech, available below.

Ryan Cohen’s Speech

…We ushered in a whole new era of GameStop. On a personal note, I want you to know I’m humbled to be elected to your board and serve as your Chairman. We have a lot of work in front of us, and it will take time.

We’re trying to do something that nobody in the retail space has ever done but we believe we’re putting the right pieces in place and we have clear goals: delighting customers and driving shareholder value for the longterm. The management team and refreshed board will remain totally focused on
these goals at all times.

We know some people want us to lay out a whole detailed plan today, but that’s not gonna happen. You won’t find us talking a big game, making a bunch of lofty promises, or telegraphing our strategy to the competition. That’s the philosophy we adopted at Chewy.

Here are a few things we’ve done so far: refresh the board, added technology and retail experience to the leadership team, paid off all our long term debt and strengthened the balance sheet, and begun laying the foundation for long term growth.

Moving forward, we want you to judge GameStop based on our actions, not our words. Thank you everyone, and as my dad would say, “buckle up.”

In an effort to give investors their Cohen-fix, Ryan spoke about the progress his team has made at GameStop.

Twitter update

Ryan Cohen has since changed his Twitter bio, proudly representing his new role at GameStop alongside his past at Chewy.

Now, investors eagerly await the Q1 2021 Earnings release, supplemental presentation, and conference call.

Source: gmegang1 on Twitter (photo), Ryan Cohen on Twitter

At 12:39 PM ET, Ryan Cohen has tweeted once again. This time, it’s a photo of a SEARS big-box retail store being torn down for good.

On the surface, parallels can be drawn between Sears’ rise and fall through an unchanged retail experience and GameStop’s past, but speculators have begun to dig deeper and look for hidden meaning in the tweet.

The Origin

The photo originates from an article titled Former Sears Demolition Begins in Uptown District to Make Way for New Innovation Community Development in the Tampa Innovation paper. We already know GameStop is likely cementing themselves in Florida, but this information alone is not enough to substantiate a connection.

The article from January 15th, 2020 goes on to state:

 This urban renewal project… will shift from the property’s traditional retail origin and fully leverage the Innovation Community potential driven by its world-class, academic, scientific, and technology neighbors.

Sounds familiar.

Chewy Parallels

What is also striking is that Ryan Cohen and Chewy are no strangers to reimagining old Sears stores, as seen through Kelli Durkin’s retweet of a 2018 article by Bizjournals.

In a move emblematic of the retail industry’s seismic shift, Chewy – an e-commerce platform for pet products – has opened a customer service facility in what was once a Sears and a Woolworth’s.

Chewy opened up their premier customer service facility in a former Sears, a “Sign of the times”Mayor Josh Levystated. Is it possible that GameStop has begun to open their new South Florida customer service facility, and Ryan Cohen is paying homage to when he turned a Sears into a center for Chewy?

SEC Form ARS

Investors have also speculated that the final remaining letters on the SEARS logo, ‘ARS’, could reference the SEC Form ARS. Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) Form ARS, or the Annual Report to Shareholders, is a document used by a public company to report its latest financial performance to its shareholders shortly before its annual shareholders’ meeting.

 As revealed as early as Q4 2020 earnings and confirmed yesterday, GameStop’s annual shareholders’ meeting is on Wednesday, June 9th. While this is an uncanny coincidence, GameStop has long replaced the considerably less informative Form ARS with the more comprehensive Form 10-K, so this would have to be released in conjunction.

In GameStop’s Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Results News Release, the Company revealed that they intend to “modify its method of communicating its quarterly financial results.” In a move similar to Chewy, GameStop announces that future financial results will accompanied by a presentation to include detailed supplemental highlights. Could this be the Form ARS the incoming GameStop Chairman may be referencing?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments and in the GMEdd.com Discord Server.

Sources: Ryan Cohen on Twitter, Tampainnovation.com, SBFJ Venture on Twitter, Investopedia, GameStop News Release

At the conclusion of a highly volatile day for NYSE:GME, GameStop Corp. today announced that it will report first quarter fiscal 2021 earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

investor conference call

The Company will host an investor conference call at 5:00 pm ET on the same day to review the company’s financial results. The call and any supplemental information can be accessed at GameStop Corp.’s investor relations home page at Investor.GameStop.com. The phone number for the investor conference call is 877-451-6152 and the confirmation code is 13720011. The conference call will be archived for two months on GameStop’s corporate website.

Annual Shareholders Meeting

GameStop has also confirmed that its Annual Shareholders Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 625 Westport Parkway, Grapevine, Texas. The meeting, which is not open to the media and requires shareholders to provide proof of ownership and valid identification, is expected to take place at 11:00am ET and conclude at 11:15am ET. Chief Executive Officer and director George Sherman will attend the meeting in-person with the remainder of the Board of Directors attending virtually.

Source: GameStop Newsroom