eBay CEO John Donahoe Wants To Keep PayPal In The Family
John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), went over the value of the synergies between eBay and PayPal in response to activist investor Carl Icahn's suggestion to have the latter separate from its parent company with claims that it'll accelerate PayPal's growth, on CNBC's Squawk on the Street Thursday morning.
In regards to spinning PayPal, Donahoe said that both him and the board of directors at eBay routinely access all alternatives when it comes to increasing value.
“There has not been anyone else that's created another PayPal since PayPal was created. And that's because commerce and payments are converging into one thing. A payments network needs a commerce network like eBay.” said Donahoe.
“It's noteworthy that most of the large commerce companies are getting into payments and some of the payments companies are getting into, ah, commerce.”
He sees eBay accelerating PayPal's growth, specifically in mobile, where PayPal is the leader in payments volume, which started with eBay mobile services. Donahoe stated that three years ago PayPal did $600 million in mobile payments, with 80 percent coming from eBay. Today it's $27 billion dollars, a 45 percent increase.
According to Donahoe, PayPal's competitive advantage comes from eBay's launching pad, which PayPal has expanded off of globally. He said that as PayPal crosses boarders, it uses eBay costumers as its base.
Both companies are also moving offline together to create a “more power position,” he said.
“If and when synergies run their course, we'll be objective, just like we were with Skype,” said Donahoe.
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