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eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

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SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY), a global commerce leader, delivered revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 of $2.6 billion, increasing 2% on an as-reported basis and 4% on a foreign exchange (FX) neutral basis, primarily driven by gross merchandise volume (GMV) of $22.6 billion, down 4% on an as-reported basis and down 1% on a FX-Neutral basis.

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During the quarter, eBay delivered GAAP net income from continuing operations of $521 million, or $0.57 per diluted share and Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations of $608 million, or $0.67 per diluted share. The company generated $550 million of operating cash flow and $368 million of free cash flow from continuing operations while also repurchasing approximately $1.5 billion of its common stock and paying $125 million in cash dividends in the quarter.

"We delivered a solid first quarter with revenue and EPS," said Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay Inc. "Our initiatives to create a next generation payment and advertising experience are on track, we saw healthy buyer growth and disciplined cost control, and we continue to simplify the buying process while remaining focused on seller's success."

Based on these results and increased confidence in the year, eBay raised 2019 revenue and EPS guidance.

In the first quarter, eBay grew active buyers by 4% across its platforms, for a total of 180 million global active buyers. Underlying total eBay performance, the Marketplace platforms delivered $2.2 billion of revenue and $21.6 billion of GMV. Marketplace revenue growth was 3% on an as-reported basis and 4% on a FX-Neutral basis, and GMV was down 4% on an as-reported basis and down 1% on a FX-Neutral basis. StubHub platforms drove revenue of $230 million, flat on both an as-reported and FX-Neutral basis, and GMV of $1.0 billion, down 3% on an as-reported basis and down 2% on a FX-Neutral basis. Classifieds platforms delivered revenue of $256 million, up 4% on an as-reported basis and up 12% on a FX-Neutral basis.

The company made measurable progress against protecting its unique advantage as a true marketplace in service of - not in competition with - sellers of all sizes, improving how people buy and sell on the platform.

eBay continued its multi-year path toward managed payments, intermediating $220 million in GMV in the first quarter - a 61% quarter-over-quarter increase - bringing the total GMV enabled since launch to $363 million and saving sellers $2.7 million in payment-related costs. Today, the company announced Germany will be its second market for managed payments, subject to regulatory approval. In addition, eBay recently announced the addition of Google Pay as a payment option and the completed integration of PayPal on the new platform, which has been live for a couple weeks with a small set of customers and will continue scaling.

In advertising, eBay grew promoted listings placements and eligibility. In the first quarter, there were more than 800 thousand active sellers who took advantage of the program, promoting over 200 million listings. This drove over $65 million of revenue in the quarter, up nearly 110% year-over-year. Sellers in the US are seeing an average boost in visibility of 36% when using the first-party advertising offering.

eBay also unveiled several new initiatives for buyers and sellers. The company made registration quick and simple with an expedited process on both mobile and desktop. It launched a search feature that couples advancements in computer vision with relevant filtering to allow shoppers to explore and discover products using pictures and words.

To make it easier to manage listings, provide value to buyers, and help improve conversion, eBay delivered a series of enhancements to the Seller Hub and introduced a new 'Offer to Buyers' feature that enables sellers to proactively make offers to interested buyers.

During the quarter, eBay completed its acquisition of Motors.co.uk, a leading UK-based classifieds site that makes the car buying and selling process intuitive and simple. The Motors.co.uk team has joined Gumtree UK, an eBay Classifieds business, and, together with eBay Motors UK, will offer more than 620 thousand car listings seamlessly across these platforms.

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)



First Quarter




2019

2018

Change

eBay Inc.





Net revenues

$2,643

$2,580

$63

2%

GAAP - Continuing Operations





Income (loss) from continuing operations

$521

$407

$114

28%

Earnings (loss) per diluted share from continuing operations

$0.57

$0.40

$0.17

45%

Non-GAAP - Continuing Operations





Net income

$608

$548

$60

11%

Earnings per diluted share

$0.67

$0.53

$0.14

26%

Other Selected Financial and Operational Results

  • Operating margin — GAAP operating margin increased to 23.0% for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 22.5% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 29.8% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 27.9% for the same period last year.
  • Taxes — The GAAP effective tax rate for continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was 22.6%, compared to 25.6% for the first quarter of 2018. The non-GAAP effective tax rate for continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was 17.6%, compared to 20.4% for the first quarter of 2018.
  • Cash flow — The company generated $550 million of operating cash flow from continuing operations and $368 million of free cash flow during the first quarter of 2019.
  • Capital returns — The company repurchased approximately $1.5 billion of its common stock, or 42 million shares, in the first quarter of 2019. The company's total repurchase authorization remaining as of March 31, 2019 was $5.7 billion. The company also paid cash dividends of $125 million during the first quarter of 2019.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments — The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $7.3 billion as of March 31, 2019.

Business Outlook

  • Second quarter 2019 — The company expects net revenue between $2.64 billion and $2.69 billion, representing Organic FX-Neutral growth of 2% - 4%, with GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $0.41 - $0.45 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $0.61 - $0.63.
  • Full year 2019 — The company expects net revenue between $10.83 billion and $10.93 billion, representing Organic FX-Neutral growth of 2% - 3%, with GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $1.94 - $2.04 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $2.64 - $2.70.

Dividend Declaration

  • eBay's Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.14 per share of the Company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 20, 2019 to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2019.

Quarterly Conference Call and Webcast

eBay Inc. will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2019 results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live webcast of the conference call, together with a slide presentation that includes supplemental financial information and reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations website at https://investors.ebayinc.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible for at least three months through the same link.

eBay Inc. uses its Investor Relations website at https://investors.ebayinc.com as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor, in addition to following press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls and webcasts.

About eBay

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity for all. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2018, eBay enabled $95 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

Presentation

All growth rates represent year-over-year comparisons, except as otherwise noted. All amounts in tables are presented in U.S. dollars, rounded to the nearest million, except as otherwise noted. As a result, certain amounts may not sum or recalculate using the rounded dollar amounts provided.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes the following financial measures defined as "non-GAAP financial measures" by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate and free cash flow. These non-GAAP financial measures are presented on a continuing operations basis. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures, see "Business Outlook," "Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance," "Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Operating Margin," "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income and Reconciliation of GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate" and "Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow" included in this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of eBay Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries that are based on the company's current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the future performance of eBay Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, including expected financial results for the second quarter and full year 2019 and the future growth in its business, dividends and share repurchases. Actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Other factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in political, business and economic conditions, any regional or general economic downturn or crisis and any conditions that affect ecommerce growth or cross-border trade; the company's ability to realize expected growth opportunities in payments intermediation and advertising; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company's need to successfully react to the increasing importance of mobile commerce and the increasing social aspect of commerce; an increasingly competitive environment for its business; changes to the company's capital allocation, including the timing, declaration, amount and payment of any future dividends or levels of the company's share repurchases, or management of operating cash; the company's ability to manage its indebtedness, including managing exposure to interest rates and maintaining its credit ratings; the company's need to manage an increasingly large enterprise with a broad range of businesses of varying degrees of maturity and in many different geographies; the company's need and ability to manage regulatory, tax, data security and litigation risks; whether the operational, marketing and strategic benefits of the separation of the eBay and PayPal businesses can be achieved; the company's ability to timely upgrade and develop its technology systems, infrastructure and customer service capabilities at reasonable cost while maintaining site stability and performance and adding new products and features; and the company's ability to integrate, manage and grow businesses that have been acquired or may be acquired in the future.

The forward-looking statements in this release do not include the potential impact of any acquisitions or divestitures that may be announced and/or completed after the date hereof.

More information about factors that could affect the company's operating results is included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations website at https://investors.ebayinc.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to the company on the date hereof. The company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

 

eBay Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet



March 31,
 2019


December 31,
 2018


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