GameStop Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Earnings Guidance

Based on several titles being moved out of 2014 and the current sales trends of prior gen software, GameStop is narrowing its previous guidance. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, GameStop expects comparable store sales to range from -5.0% to +2.0%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $2.08 to $2.24, representing +10.0% to +18.5% growth over the prior year quarter.

For fiscal year 2014, diluted earnings per share are now expected to range from $3.40 to $3.55, excluding the non-recurring charges of $0.07, representing +13.5% to +18.5% growth over the prior year. Full year comparable store sales are now expected to range from +2.0% to +5.0%.

Note: Current guidance only includes the effect of the shares repurchased thus far in fiscal 2014.

Conference Call Information

A conference call with GameStop Corp.’s management is scheduled for November 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. CST to discuss the company’s financial results. The phone number for the call is 1-800-499-7921 and the pass code is 3850392. This call 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 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 6,600 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 www.buymytronics.com, an online consumer electronics trade-in platform. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes our Simply Mac, Spring Mobile and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 46 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, http://springmobile.com, sells post-paid AT&T services and wireless products through its 311 AT&T branded stores. Cricket Wireless, www.cricketwireless.com, offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories. We operate 51 Cricket stores in select markets throughout the United States.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook @ 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 uses certain non-GAAP measures, such as digital receipts, 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. 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 press release 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 fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, future financial and operating results, projected store openings, 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 of video game titles for current generation consoles; the risks associated with international operations, wireless industry operations and the integration of acquisitions; the impact of increased competition and changing technology in the video game industry, including browser and mobile games and alternative methods of distribution; 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 for the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014 filed with the SEC and available at the SEC's Internet site at http://www.sec.gov or http://investor.GameStop.com.

   
GameStop Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
13 weeks 13 weeks
ended ended
Nov 1, 2014 Nov 2, 2013
 
Net sales $ 2,092.2 $ 2,106.7
Cost of sales   1,470.0     1,508.3  
 
Gross profit 622.2 598.4
 
Selling, general and administrative
expenses 494.3 448.5
Depreciation and amortization   38.1     40.8  
 
Operating earnings 89.8 109.1
 
Interest expense, net   3.1     0.7  
 
 
Earnings before income tax expense 86.7 108.4
 
Income tax expense   30.3     39.8  
 
Net income $ 56.4   $ 68.6  
 
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.50 $ 0.59
Diluted $ 0.50 $ 0.58
 
Dividends per common share $ 0.33 $ 0.275
 
Weighted average common shares
outstanding:
Basic 111.9 116.8
Diluted 112.9 118.1
 
 
 

Percentage of Net Sales:

 
Net sales 100.0 % 100.0 %
Cost of sales   70.3 %   71.6 %
 
Gross profit 29.7 % 28.4 %
 
Selling, general and administrative
expenses 23.6 % 21.3 %
Depreciation and amortization   1.8 %   1.9 %
 
Operating earnings 4.3 % 5.2 %
 
Interest expense, net   0.2 %   0.0 %
 
 
Earnings before income tax expense 4.1 % 5.2 %
 
Income tax expense   1.4 %   1.9 %
 
Net income   2.7 %   3.3 %

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