GameStop Raises $2.14 Billion on Back of Roaring Kitty-Led Rally

(Bloomberg) — GameStop Corp. raised roughly $2.14 billion from a share sale program as it capitalized on a stock rally after Keith Gill talked up the shares following his return to YouTube.

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The video-game retailer has now raised more than $3 billion over the past month through share sales as retail investors powered the stock higher. The latest sale of 75 million shares implied an average price of around $28.49 each, according to Bloomberg calculations based on a statement Tuesday.

The stock rose more than 5% to $32.27 in post-market trading, however, it remains well below a June peak of $48. The stock rallied on Tuesday shortly after 1:30 p.m. in New York, a potential indication that the selling pressure was completed before the stock climbed 23% to close at $30.49.

Last week, GameStop unexpectedly released earnings and disclosed the plan to sell millions of new shares just hours before Gill, who operates under the “Roaring Kitty” moniker, made his highly anticipated return to YouTube, drawing in speculators. GameStop more than double in four days, before the stock cratered on Friday after the fundraising plan was announced.

The sale comes on top of the $933 million GameStop raised last month and adds to the $1.08 billion it had in cash and equivalents at the end of the last quarter. Jefferies LLC is acting as the sales agent on the offering, the filing said. The company plans to use the haul for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions and investments.

Fellow retail trader darling AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. also completed a share sale of its own earlier this year.

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