GameStop to sell Spring Mobile unit for $700M

 

GameStop to sell Spring Mobile unit for $700M
Like most brick-and-mortar retailers, GameStop has suffered from heightened competition from online companies.

Bengaluru - Proceeds from sale may be used to reduce debt, reinvest in core video game and collectibles businesses

By Reuters

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Published: Thu 22 Nov 2018, 5:40 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Nov 2018, 7:42 PM

The world's largest video game and gaming console retailer, GameStop, said it will sell its Spring Mobile business to Prime Communications for $700 million.
GameStop shares were up 11.5 per cent at $13.69 in afternoon trade. Spring Mobile owns and operates 1,289 AT&T wireless stores.
GameStop said proceeds from the sale may be used to reduce debt, fund share repurchases and reinvest in core video game and collectibles businesses.
The Grapevine, Texas-based company had said in September it continues to engage with third parties regarding a possible deal, that may include a sale of the company.
Like most brick-and-mortar retailers, GameStop has suffered from heightened competition from online companies including Amazon.com.
Game retailers have also had to cope with a decline in physical video game sales.
Perella Weinberg Partners was acting as financial adviser and Pepper Hamilton as legal counsel to GameStop for the Spring Mobile deal.
JPMorgan Securities and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc were acting as financial advisers and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as legal counsel to Prime Communications.
The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, GameStop said.



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