GameStop (GME) stock crashes to fourteen year low

Things are starting to look really bad for the struggling video game retailer as GameStop has halted providing full year earnings guidance.

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If you heard a loud thud this afternoon, it might have been the sound of GameStop's stock crashing to a fourteen year low of $9.25 per share in after-hours trading. Things look very bad for the embattled video game retailer as their pivot to collectibles might not be enough to combat the secular headwinds of a brick and mortar retailer in 2019. The company lost $673 million or $6.59 per share in 2018, and they made that news ever harder to swallow for investors by announcing that they will not be able to provide earnings guidance for the upcoming year. 


GameStop announced a very grim outlook for 2019:

"As a result of the strategic and financial alternatives review conducted in fiscal 2018, the company announced that it is embarking on a cost savings and profit improvement initiative designed to strengthen the organization for the future and support long-term improved financial performance and profitability. These initiatives include supply chain efficiencies, operational improvements, expense savings and pricing and promotion optimization. Based on initial estimates, which are preliminary and could change as the program is implemented throughout the year, the company is working to achieve annualized operating profit improvements of approximately $100 million. Given the timing of the program, the company expects minimal impact on fiscal 2019 results. Given the planned cost savings and profit improvement initiative and the announcement of a new CEO starting on April 15, 2019, the company is not providing annual earnings per share guidance at this time."


GameStop's stock recently broke a long-term downtrend.
GameStop's stock recently broke a long-term downtrend.

In the recently posted video game and tech stock chart analysis Game Trader feature, I pointed out that the stock (GME) had broken a 14 year downtrend. GameStop's stock now sits at its lowest levels since 2005 at $9.23/share. There is an actionable sell signal below $10.07/share, so it wouldn't be surprising to see more pain on the road ahead. 

Beyond the troubling news that the company was unable to turn a profit with over $8 billion in sales is the fact that they provided no earnings guidance for their fiscal 2019. This company is in trouble and the pivot to collectibles appears to be too little too late. Collectibles revenue came in at $707.5 million for 2018, which is less than 10% of the company's overall revenue. Total sales at the company decreased 3.1% in 2018, and they were unable to turn a profit.

There is no sugar coating this. This is an awful earnings release and investors should steer clear of the company until it has any sign of profitability returning. The stock may appear nominally cheap with a share price below $10, but you can still lose 100% of a $9 stock. Looks like I was an idiot last year when I thought for one second that GameStop's stock might be cheap, but my book value investment thesis became impaired as soon as the company was unable to turn a profit. 

I will be publishing an updated Game Trader financial analysis piece in which I will be downgrading GameStop to a Do Not Buy from a Buy rating. Please understand.


Full Disclosure:

At the time of this article, Asif A. Khan, his family members, and his company Virtue LLC had the following positions:

Long GameStop via GME call options 

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    April 2, 2019 5:45 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, GameStop (GME) stock crashes to fourteen year low

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      April 2, 2019 5:49 PM

      F

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      April 2, 2019 6:04 PM

      Does Asif recommend buying GameStop?

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      April 2, 2019 6:06 PM

      Guess I better use the gift cert I got pretty soon.

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      April 2, 2019 6:07 PM

      At least I can write off some losses?

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      April 2, 2019 6:16 PM

      I wonder if the next gen consoles will be a boost or do them in?

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      April 2, 2019 6:22 PM

      So does anything step in to fill the gap when GameStop closes down? I know Amazon does trade-ins, but what about local places?

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        April 3, 2019 10:28 AM

        If anything those local card and tabletop game stores that have seen resurgence in recent years should have a good opportunity to expand into this market.

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      April 2, 2019 6:28 PM

      Ouch

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      April 2, 2019 8:10 PM

      They treat thier employees like garbage. The one by me always seems to have one person working there. The amount of theft has to be huge. 1 person can't watch the store, help customers, and ring people up; however the majority of GameStop Regional managers think it's fine. The turn around at mine is also staggering. Every 4 weeks it seems they have a new person working there. I asked the manager last month when I bought my amiibos why so many new hires...his answer? Theft. Wish companies treated their employees better.

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      April 2, 2019 8:14 PM

      Nostalgia hijack: anyone remember when physical game stores were fucking magical?

      Gamestop; EB; Software, Etc? It was a treat and big deal to visit one. The PC game wall. The side PC game ($19.99 and under!!!) wall. The console games, the cool console peripherals. Getting to demo console games in the store.

      It was a wonderful experience to hit up one with a friend. Always some new game you hadn't heard of or some game you wanted. I really miss that.

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        April 2, 2019 8:21 PM

        I member EB Games, The Warehouse, and Funco land

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        April 3, 2019 9:50 AM

        Toys R Us -> Commodore 64 -> Pool of Radiance. They were my favorite game store at that time.

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        April 3, 2019 10:07 AM

        Babbages

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          April 3, 2019 10:12 AM

          Yes! Egghead Software in Houston as well.

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        April 3, 2019 10:18 AM

        For me I think the idea of them is magical and it’s sad to see it finally die, but I never really was a big GameStop shopper.

        Its always been Best Buy, target, Walmart, and amazon for me.

      • Zek legacy 10 years
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        April 3, 2019 10:19 AM

        They still are magical, you're just not a kid anymore.

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          April 3, 2019 10:34 AM

          No, now they look like a swap meet/ yard sale.

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        April 3, 2019 10:20 AM

        Part of that was definitely the limited access to information. You had the games you had, the games your friends had, and maybe a subscription to Nintendo Power. Going to EB Games, when you could convince your parents to drive you, let you actually see the games you had only read about, or heard rumors of.

        Having information more readily available is definitely a good thing, but it does take away some of the mystery.

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        April 3, 2019 10:38 AM

        The coming soon video reel at Babbages was amazing. And yes, not having information other than select gaming mags and word of mouth gave the whole experience a more magical quality.

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      April 3, 2019 10:14 AM

      It looks like this is where the Games Stop.

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      April 3, 2019 10:50 AM

      I love these pieces. Thanks Asif

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