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PayPal Grows Revenue 17 Percent in First Quarter

Global technology platform and digital payments leader PayPal Holdings, Inc. announced first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2017.

Financial highlights for the first quarter include:

  • Revenue growth of 17% to $2.975 billion, or 19% on a foreign currency neutral (FX-neutral) basis
  • GAAP operating margin down 150 basis points to 14.5% and non-GAAP operating margin expanded 50 basis points to 21.6%
  • GAAP earnings per diluted share (EPS) growth of 6% to $0.32, non-GAAP EPS growth of 19% to $0.44
  • Operating cash flow of $751 million, free cash flow of $603 million
  • $517 million returned to stockholders through stock repurchases

Operating highlights for the first quarter include:

  • 6.0 million active customer accounts added, ended the quarter with 203 million active customer accounts, including 16 million merchant accounts
  • 1.7 billion payment transactions, up 23%
  • 32 payment transactions per active account on a trailing twelve months basis, up 12%
  • $99 billion in total payment volume (TPV), up 23%, or 25% on an FX-neutral basis

“With another quarter of strong financial results, we continue to deliver on our vision to democratize financial services for our consumers and drive the global transition from cash to digital payments,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “We are deepening our merchant offerings and relationships, and expanding our network of strategic partnerships to make PayPal more available in new contexts and new markets.”

Returning Value to Stockholders with Stock Repurchase

PayPal announced today that its board of directors has authorized a new stock repurchase program, under which the company may repurchase up to $5 billion in outstanding common stock. This program will become effective after completion of the company’s January 2016 stock repurchase program. As of March 31, 2017, approximately $488 million remained available for stock repurchases under this prior authorization.

Strategic Partnerships

PayPal recently announced an expansion of its relationship with Google. PayPal will be available in the Android Pay wallet in the United States and accepted as a way to pay at the millions of retailers that accept Android Pay at the point of sale.

In addition, PayPal announced a partnership agreement with Wells Fargo, adding another issuer to the companies working with PayPal and expanding its services at the point of sale. PayPal also extended its partnership with Visa into the Asia-Pacific region.

Expanding Value Proposition through Product Innovation

PayPal’s mobile-first approach to product development is driving increasing engagement across the platform. In the quarter, 32% of payment volume came through a mobile device and mobile payment volume increased 51% over the same period last year to approximately $32 billion. In addition, Venmo, the company’s social payments platform, processed $6.8 billion of TPV, more than doubling its volume versus the first quarter of 2016.

PayPal finished the quarter with more than 53 million consumer accounts opted in to One Touch. In addition, more than five million merchant customers and 75% of the Internet Retailer 100 now offer One Touch on their mobile and desktop shopping experiences.

In the first quarter, PayPal announced its agreement to acquire TIO Networks Corp. (“TIO”) for approximately $233 million. TIO is a leading multi-channel bill payment processor in North America and processed more than $7 billion in bill payments in its fiscal 2016. The company’s digital platform, and physical network of agent locations make paying bills simpler, faster, and more affordable. By integrating bill payment, PayPal will add another key service to its global payments platform and become a greater part of its consumers’ everyday financial lives. On April 10, 2017 shareholders of TIO approved the acquisition, which is expected to close in the second half of 2017, subject to certain closing conditions.

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Source: PayPal Press Release

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