GAME confirms third-party financing talks

Reports of OpCapita deal offer "no certainty" to outcome of business, warns retailer

Update: The Game Group has confirmed that it is in financing talks with a third-party, thought to be Comet owner OpCapita.

However the company warned that today's developments are in no way a sign of recovery for the business, which is expected to go into administration within days.

"The board of GAME confirm that a third party has shown interest in providing additional funding for the company," it said in a statement.

"The third party is seeking a dialogue with the Group's current lenders, however there is no certainty to the outcome."

"At the same time, the Board remains in its own discussions with its current lenders as it continues to conduct a review of its business and assets. It is uncertain whether any of the solutions currently being explored by the Board will be successful or will result in any value being attributed to the shares of the Company."

Original story: OpCapita, the parent company of high-street electronics chain Comet, is believed to have tabled a rescue package for the GAME Group which would see it buy out all of the company's lenders.

The report comes from The Times, and states that all suppliers and creditors would have debts paid, leaving the chain free to renegotiate credit terms for stock.

When OpCapita acquired Comet from its previous owners, earlier this year, it paid just 2.

Nonetheless, the report also cautions that the Group "has already warned shareholders that they may be wiped out by the actions the board are considering to keep it afloat," so the deal is clearly far from final.

Following the announcement, GAME's shareprice had leapt by over eighty per cent to 2.10p at the time of writing, indicating a surge of investor faith.

The report follows an earlier story, originally posted by MCV, which claims that Walmart have registered an interest in an acquisition.

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Latest comments (2)

John Donnelly Quality Assurance 6 years ago
Its good news to see word of 2 possible rescue bids for the chain but alot can happen in 2 weeks.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 6 years ago
I wouldn't call OpCapita's bid a rescue. They will effectively take on all debts but, render the company pretty much valueless for a takeover.

I'm also not seeing any signs of a recovery plan for the chain and we know it can't be business as usual based on their current operating and sales processes.

In my opinion the better deal would be for Walmart to grab them and close all of the duplicate stores (stores within a few minutes of each other). It will be a much tighter and more robust business as a result. Their used policy also needs to change, to ensure that used is not available day one and that it's managed in a way that allows games to be sold for at least a month before used is offered on that product.
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