eBay's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing fourth quarter and full-year results for 2010, you can view the full release with tables on eBay's investor website.
eBay Inc. Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global ecommerce and online payments leader eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY) today reported that revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010 increased 5% to $2.5 billion, or 10% excluding Skype, compared to the same period of 2009. The company recorded fourth quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $559.2 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $683.8 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, representing a 24% increase excluding Skype, compared to the same period of 2009. The fourth quarter increase in non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was due primarily to solid productivity, strong growth, and a lower tax rate.
For the full year, eBay Inc. posted $9.2 billion in revenue, net income on a GAAP basis of $1.8 billion, or $1.36 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.3 billion, or $1.73 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding Skype, net revenue was up 13% for the full year compared to 2009 and earnings per diluted share was up 18%.
The company's PayPal business delivered strong fourth quarter performance, expanding its leadership position in global payments. PayPal ended the quarter with 94.4 million active registered accounts, adding approximately one million active accounts per month. PayPal's net total payment volume was $26.9 billion in the fourth quarter, driven primarily by growth in its Merchant Services business, including strong growth across global markets, increased merchant adoption and greater usage by customers. Nearly half of PayPal's revenue in the fourth quarter was generated outside the United States, reflecting PayPal's global growth. PayPal continued to innovate in mobile payments and digital goods, launching new products and services to expand its presence on new devices and platforms. For the full year, mobile payment volume increased five times compared to 2009 and exceeded expectations.
The company's Marketplaces business continued to deliver improved performance during the fourth quarter. Gross merchandise volume (excluding vehicles) increased to $15.0 billion and sold items grew 10%, reflecting gains in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. eBay's fashion business, a focus for the company in 2010, grew faster than ecommerce in the United Kingdom and Germany in the fourth quarter and performed well in the United States. Steady consumer adoption of eBay's portfolio of mobile applications contributed to strong holiday shopping momentum in the fourth quarter and pushed total mobile gross merchandise volume for the full year to nearly $2 billion.
"We delivered a strong fourth quarter and a solid year, driven by our customer focus, commitment to technology-led innovation and our operating discipline, which is enabling us to reinvest in growth," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "We are driving strong global growth at PayPal and strengthening our core eBay business. And we are innovating quickly in areas such as mobile, which is helping to position us at the forefront of trends shaping the future of shopping and payments."
*In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company recognized a gain on the sale of Skype of $1.4 billion, which was partially offset by a settlement agreement between Skype, Joltid and entities controlled by its founders in the amount of $343.2 million.
Other Selected Financial Results
* Operating margin - GAAP operating margin increased to 23.7%, compared to 7.6% for the same period last year. The year-over-year increase in GAAP operating margin was due primarily to the impact from a settlement agreement between Skype, Joltid and entities controlled by its founders that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 29.5% for the quarter, compared to 29.3% for the same period last year. The increase in non-GAAP operating margin was due primarily to productivity gains, partially offset by the impact of certain one-time items related to a legal settlement and indirect taxes, as well as the impact of the stronger U.S. dollar and faster growth in the company's lower margin payments business.
* Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 5%, compared to 15% for the fourth quarter of 2009. For the fourth quarter of 2010, the non-GAAP effective tax rate was 8%, compared to 16% for the fourth quarter of 2009. The decrease in the effective tax rate was due primarily to the settlement of uncertain tax positions in the fourth quarter of 2010.
* Cash flow - The company generated $854.0 million of operating cash flow and $656.5 million of free cash flow during the quarter.
* Debt issuance - The company issued $1.5 billion in senior unsecured notes in the fourth quarter. In addition, the company launched a commercial paper program allowing it to issue up to $1.0 billion in short-term notes. As of December 31, 2010, $300 million was outstanding under this program.
* Stock repurchase programs - The company repurchased approximately $400 million of its common stock in the fourth quarter.
* Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments - The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $7.8 billion at December 31, 2010, compared to $5.2 billion at December 31, 2009.
* First quarter 2011 - eBay expects net revenues in the range of $2.4 to $2.5 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.34 to $0.36 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.44 to $0.46.
* Full year 2011 - eBay expects net revenues in the range of $10.3 to $10.6 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.56 to $1.61 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.90 to $1.95.
Quarterly Conference Call
eBay will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2010 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 web site at http://investor.ebayinc.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days through the same link.
About eBay Inc.
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.
UPDATE 1/20/11: eBay filed an amended 8K reporting its fourth quarter earnings to the SEC. The company corrected a typo in a table in its press release that incorrectly reported its full year 2010 international Marketplaces GMV.
Here is eBay's full explanatory note:
eBay Inc. is filing this amendment to its Current Report on Form 8-K, as filed with the SEC on January 19, 2011, to refile the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 in order to correct a typographical error with respect to reported “ Marketplaces - Gross merchandise volume (excl. vehicles) – International” as set forth in the last row of the “Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Highlights” table on page 1 of the press release. As amended, “ Marketplaces - Gross merchandise volume (excl. vehicles) – International” for full year 2010 has been corrected to read “$33,116”, and not the originally reported “$31,116”, and the numbers under the year-over-year “Change” column have been corrected to read “$4,382” and “15%”, and not the originally reported “$2,382” and “8%”, respectively. All other information included in the original filing is unchanged.