Wednesday, December 20, 2017


I was so tempted to add Gamestop, symbol, GME as my last 2017 Dividend Machine.  I have just $3,400 to invest to finish up the 2017 Portfolio.   But Gamestop while interesting has two strikes again being a Dividend Machine:  problematic revenue growth and anemic dividend growth.

  • Revenue Growth should follow changes in strategic plan
  • Dividend Growth is anemic disqualifying GME as a Dividend Machine
  • Fundamentals are solid

REVENUE GROWTH is a problem

One problem with GME is the entire business model.  They have been a bricks and mortar retailer in a hot commodity, video games.  Competition from streaming and other technology are real threats.  They are making changes to their game plan these changes are the catalyst that I think makes it at least a safe short term dividend play.

GameStop expects to enhance collectibles business to approximately $650-$700 million during fiscal 2017 and anticipates becoming a $1 billion business by the end of fiscal 2019. Earlier, management had stated that it remains optimistic about non-physical gaming businesses and expects this category to reach approximately 50% of operating earnings by the end of fiscal 2019.

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The changes noted above suggest to me that GME is making the right changes.


GME's dividend yield is quite good.  Currently GME pays a quarterly dividend of $.38 per share.  This is an annual yield of 8.3% at the current price of $18.25.   However, their dividend history is weak.  

Any dividend increase is appreciated and once revenue growth returns, perhaps dividend growth will improve as well.

Technically GME qualifies as a Dividend Machine using a 3 year dividend history.  In 2014 their quarterly dividend was $.33 and today it is $.38.  That is an annual growth rate of just over 5%.  But most recent increases have been just a penny which is only a 2.7% increase.  My goal is 4% or more dividend growth.


GME's stock price has been pummeled because analysts think they are mired in a dying industry.  But as I suggested earlier, they are making changes and it is beginning to show up.

Balance sheet is good with a D/E (debt to equity) ratio of .3616.  With a P/E ratio just above 5, I am willing to take a little risk.  Moreover, EPS, even during these difficult times is much higher than dividends paid out.


As an income investor, I love yield but I also love calls.  It is hard to predict when good calls are out there.  I like a minimum of 1% yield for the call premium and no less than an 8% capital gain should my shares be called away.  I do find it a bit unusual that a stock with such a dividend yield also has some calls available.

I have held GME a long time.   The yield keeps me in it.  I try to ignore the price collapse.  I am adding and selling two calls.   One is a February call and the other is an April call. 

February GME Call

I like the 12.33% return in just 58 days.

April GME Call

My readers know that I rarely sell a call with expiration that is more than 90 days out.  I am making an exception to  my rule because GME does not have March calls and I need an expiration date after March 10 (the expected next ex-dividend date) to capture the dividend. 

I will split my lots in two.  Some I will sell the quick call and hope it gets taken.  On the other lot, I will sell the April call, pocket both the call premium and the dividend.   In addition, I hope to keep this lot.  It will help me lower my basis on my entire stake in GME.   Moreover, the capital I am investing has the potential to pay me nicely.

Good Income Investing

M* MoneyMadam

Disclosure: long GME with calls