The stock is showing a slight loss on Friday, starting a day after a fruitless 44% rally which would appear to be a fairly mundane announcement on adoption.
Cloud-based infrastructure software to run the company’s business.
On Thursday, Strike videogame retailer Gametop (Ticker: GME) announced that it will run back-end and in-store systems on Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s (MSFT) cloud-based business applications and customer data platforms. In addition, the company said that store employees will use Microsoft Surface devices to “help transform the in-store experience and unlock new retail experiences in the future.” GameStop will also roll out more than 30,000 store associates to Microsoft 365 and Microsoft teams.
Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman on Friday reiterated his underperform rating and $ 3.50 price target. Yesterday’s announcement, he writes that there was no game-changer.
Sigman writes, “While the move demonstrates the importance of GameStop in selling the console, especially as Microsoft has closed its own stores, it’s all about driving customers into Microsoft’s ecosystem, not necessarily Be in GameShop. ” “The profit share helps but the shift to digital may not lead to increased sales / profits. And, more digital means still less prevalent [games]The Biggest Profit and Loyalty Driver [for GameStop]. “
Added Sigman: “While we are open to the idea that the company can pivot and change in some way, we have yet to see a credible plan beyond cost cutting and refresh the console-related hope this year where the company ironically Not posted in the past as well. ”
Meanwhile Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey raised his price target on the stock from $ 3 to $ 6 on Friday, but maintains his sales rating. His view: yesterday’s announcement was not physical.
“We believe the substance in the press release was hollow; The stock was halted, the $ 0 deal was offered arithmetic and there were no investor conference calls, ”he writes. “We suspect Microsoft is taking advantage of Gametop’s frustration, forcing them to share in subscription sales as their core market evaporates … We don’t believe revenue from a game-subscription model Stake in will compensate for the loss of physical new and used. Sports sales. “
Hickey also noted that while 67 million shares are under-sold but just 65 million outstanding, the stock is ripe for a “manipulative strategy”.
GameStop stock is down 3.3% in Friday trading, to $ 13.04.
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