GameStop 2Q2016: Collectibles Sales Grow 120%

GRAPEVINE, TX, 2016-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, today (08/25/16) reported sales and earnings for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016.

The following table summarizes the second quarter results for fiscal 2016 and 2015 ($ in millions, except per share amounts):

Quarter Ended
July 30, 2016   Aug. 1, 2015   Change
Net Sales $1,631.8 $1,761.9 -7.4%
Same store sales* -10.6% 8.1%
GAAP Net Income $27.9 $25.3 10.3%
GAAP Diluted EPS $0.27 $0.24 12.5%
Non-GAAP Net Income $27.9 $33.1 -15.7%
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $0.27 $0.31 -12.9%
Technology Brands Operating Earnings $13.9 $0.4 3,375.0%
*excludes Technology Brands stores

Paul Raines, chief executive officer, stated, “As expected, the continued growth and increased profit contribution of our non-physical gaming businesses drove our second quarter results. Tech Brands sales grew more than 50%, omni-channel sales increased 16%, Collectibles sales more than doubled and year-to-date, more than half of GameStop’s operating earnings have come from non-physical gaming categories. These new businesses offset a tough quarter for video gaming and prove that our diversification strategy is succeeding.”

Second Quarter Results

Total global sales decreased 7.4% to $1.63 billion, while consolidated comparable store sales declined 10.6% (-12.5% in the U.S. and -5.9% internationally). Video game sales were impacted by a lack of new titles to offset strong Q2 2015 title launches, such as Batman: Arkhman Knight and Elder Scrolls Online, and a decline in hardware sales caused primarily by new information being released about upcoming new consoles. Pre-owned sales significantly outperformed the new side of the video game business, declining only 3.2% compared to the second quarter of 2015.

In July, GameStop, via its GameTrust division and partnership with Insomniac Games, launched its first Indie game, Song of the Deep. GameTrust has several new titles in development, including De-formers, set to launch this holiday.

Non-GAAP digital receipts rose 3.3%, to $205.6 million, driven by sales of DLC and console digital currency. GAAP digital sales decreased 12.7%.

Sales in the Mobile and Consumer Electronics category increased 43.0% to $203.3 million, as Technology Brands revenues increased 54.6% to $175.9 million. Technology Brands operating earnings were $13.9 million compared to $400,000 in the prior year quarter. Overall, this segment contributed 23.8% of the company’s second quarter operating earnings. Technology Brands is on track to deliver between $85 million and $100 million of operating earnings in fiscal 2016.

Collectibles sales rose 119.5% to $90.0 million, driven by sales of ThinkGeek.com, various Pokémon products, assorted Five Nights at Freddy’s skus and character pop vinyls from recently released movies like Suicide Squad. The company added ten Collectibles stores during the quarter, bringing the total global portfolio to 47 stores.

GameStop’s net earnings for the second quarter were $27.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.24 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP earnings for the quarter were $27.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to Non-GAAP earnings of $33.1 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Last year’s reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income is included with this release (Schedule III).

Capital Allocation Update

On August 22, 2016, GameStop’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.37 per common share payable on September 22, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 9, 2016. As previously announced, GME acquired 507 new AT&T Mobility stores through the acquisition of three national AT&T authorized retailers for approximately $441 million.

Earnings Guidance

For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, GameStop expects comparable store sales to range from -2.0% to 1.0%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $0.53 to $0.58. For fiscal 2016, the company is reiterating its full year diluted earnings per share guidance of $3.90 to $4.05 and comparable store sales are now expected to range of -4.5% to -1.5%.

Note: The guidance is based on weighted average shares outstanding of 104,500,000.

Conference Call Information

A conference call with GameStop Corp.’s management is scheduled for August 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CT to discuss the company’s financial results. The phone number for the call is 888-500-6948 and the pass code is 5743731. This call, along with supplemental information, can also be accessed at GameStop Corp.’s investor relations home page at http://investor.GameStop.com/. The conference call will be archived for two months on GameStop’s corporate website.

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 72 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,424 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Non-GAAP Measures

As a supplement to our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), GameStop may use certain non-GAAP measures, such as digital receipts and constant currency, to provide a clearer perspective of the current operating performance of the company.GameStop defines digital receipts as the full amount paid by the customer for digital content at the time of sale and/or the value attributed to digital content when physical and digital products are sold combined. Results reported as constant currency exclude the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates by converting our local currency financial results using the prior period exchange rates and comparing these adjusted amounts to our current period reported results. Our definition and calculation of constant currency information may differ from that of other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company’s reported GAAP financial results.

Safe Harbor

This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, the outlook for the third quarter and fiscal 2016, future financial and operating results and projections, projected store openings, timing and terms of potential acquisitions, the company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of GameStop’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. GameStop undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the inability to obtain sufficient quantities of product to meet consumer demand, including console hardware and accessories; the timing of release and consumer demand for new and pre-owned video game titles; our ability to continue to expand, and successfully open and operate new stores for, our collectibles and tech brands businesses; risks associated with achievement of anticipated financial and operating results from acquisitions; our ability to sustain and grow our console digital video game sales; the risks associated with international operations, wireless industry partnerships and operations and the completion and integration of acquisitions; increased competition and changing technology in the video game industry, including browser and mobile games and digital distribution of console games, and the impact of that competition and those changes on physical video game sales; and economic, regulatory and other events, including litigation, that could reduce or impact consumer demand or affect the company’s business. Additional factors that could cause GameStop’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in GameStop’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended Jan. 30, 2016 filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s Internet site at http://www.sec.gov or http://investor.GameStop.com.

Contact:
Matt Hodges
Vice President
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
GameStop Corp.
(817) 424-2130

Source: GameStop Corporation

Signet Trading Announces New Partnership With Affiliate Network buy.at

Signet Trading and leading affiliate network, buy.at, has announced a partnership which will offer consumers greater access to money saving offers on gifts, jewellery and watches.

Signet Trading is the parent company to the UK’s leading high street jewellers H Samuel, Ernest Jones and Leslie Davies. As the UK’s leading jewellery and watch retailer, Signet offers a huge range of leading brand watches and jewellery and a wide range of offers and promotions. The new partnership with buy.at is hoped to boost consumer awareness of Signet’s two online stores, H.Samuel and Ernest Jones and promote greater consumer awareness of its offers and promotions.

Nicky Brown, Head of Multi Channel at Signet, commented, “Affiliate sales are a core element of our online marketing strategy and with the help of Buy.at we can grow our programme immensely.”

buy.at is one of the biggest affiliate networks in the UK with over 7 years experience working with the UK’s largest ecommerce retailers including Marks and Spencers, Next, La Senza, Mothercare and Additions, with a 200% increase in growth in the last three years.

Buy.at has been totally focussed on affiliate networks since 2002 and was bought out in 2008 by AOL, the industry’s largest advertising platform. This allows buy.at to deliver the world’s most powerful digital advertising solution by combining the AOL platform with mobile technology, video, Advertising.com third party displays, affiliate networks and the behavioural and contextual targeting capabilities of TACODA and Quigo.

One of the key reasons that Signet has chosen buy.at is because they operate an ‘open network’, which means that they allow their clients to build direct relationships with their affiliates. By allowing affiliates and advertisers to meet at networking and educational events valuable relationships are developed that allow clients and affiliates to learn from each other.

About Signet
H.Samuel and Ernest Jones are part of the world’s largest speciality jewellery group, Signet Jewelers. H.Samuel has almost 400 stores in the UK with over 140 years’ experience, starting in 1862 with a small store in Liverpool. Ernest Jones has grown from a single store on London’s Oxford Street in 1949 to a national chain of over 200 stores. Featuring an incredible range of branded watches, H.Samuel and Ernest Jones also have a stunning range of Pandora jewellery, Chamilia beads, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, offering something for every taste and style.

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Rooster-Decor.com Announces Grand Opening Sale

In the spirit of independence this month, Rooster Decor opens its doors and announces its grand opening sale. RoosterDecor.com is the Internet’s largest source for rooster-themed décor and collectibles, and a one stop shopping site for all things rooster. A popular decorating element, the rooster figures prominently in Colonial American motifs as well as bucolic French country themes.

“The United States celebrates Independence Day and the French recognize their equally hard-earned liberty this month,” says John Tortorice, founder, Rooster Decor. “Here in America, the rooster has come to symbolize the hard work of the American farmer, while in France, it is a national symbol of pride and power, so much so that it is featured on their national soccer team jerseys. We are pleased to celebrate this iconic symbol with our grand opening sale, featuring deep discounts on many items.”

Rooster Decor was founded in 2009, as a one stop shopping site for a variety of rooster decor, rooster dinnerware, rooster plates, collectibles and more. Carrying everything short of the French soccer uniform, Rooster Decor offers hard-to-find rooster products for serious collectors and gift givers alike. Popular items include a full selection of rooster-themed chalkboards and more than a dozen choices of rooster-themed wall art that is sure to liven up any room. This collection includes a selection of soap dishes, window treatments and candle holders for the rooster aficionado.

Featuring a wide selection of rooster dinnerware and rooster-themed accessories of every type imaginable, Rooster Décor specializes in full sets of plates, bowls, cups, placemats, linens, aprons, potholders, salt and pepper shakers, and other products for the kitchen. Designer rooster figurines, Italian hand-painted roosters and organic roosters round out the exclusive collection of roosters, which come in a range of materials including ceramic, cloth, glass, crystal, metal, resin and wood.

For a limited time, Rooster Décor is offering free shipping on order of $95 or more.

About Rooster Decor
Rooster Decor was founded in 2009, as a one stop shopping site for a variety of rooster décor, rooster dinnerware, rooster plates, collectibles and more. Rooster Décor strives to give customers the best selection and most competitive prices on everything rooster, offering hard to find items such as rooster-themed soap dishes, candle holders, designer bowls and collectible rooster figurines. A Christian owned and operated Web site, Rooster-Decor.com is part of the The Lamp Stand family of companies with corporate offices in Springfield, Missouri. Along with its parent company, Rooster Decor supports Christian Ministries, poverty relief efforts and adoption and children’s relief efforts around the world. For more information or to purchase products online, please visit us at http://www.rooster-decor.com.

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