September 9, 2021
The day after world’s largest video game retailer GameStop posted mixed second-quarter (ended July 30) financial results, company shares trended down during early Sept. 9 trading.
Despite a retail footprint of thousands of stores, GameStop rebooted its senior management team, incorporating a team of e-commerce experts led by new chairman Ryan Cohen, founder of Chewy.com. The company is in the process of transitioning from physical retail to technology and online gaming.
Cohen & Co.’s ascendancy has been fueled in part by crowdsourced-investors looking to manipulate GameStop shares for short-term gains. The strategy has worked thus far, with shares up 860% year-to-date based largely on non-business fundamentals. Quarterly revenue topped $1.18 billion, above an industry estimate of $1.12 billion.
Regardless, GameStop management conducted no Q&A during its Sept. 8 fiscal call — the second consecutive fiscal period it has done so.
As a result, much of the established Wall Street investment community has abandoned GameStop, except Wedbush Securities game expert Michael Pachter. The analyst questions when Cohen will live up to his hype.
“I am waiting for his brilliant strategy, and it’s not going to be brilliant,” Pachter told Yahoo Finance. “If it was brilliant, then he would have let us know, months and months and months ago. [Cohen] is trying to revolutionize an industry that has already passed him by. He’s audacious, and he’s wrong on this one.”