eBay's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing first quarter 2011, you can view the full release with tables on eBay's investor website.
Stay tuned for our coverage of eBay's annual shareholders meeting tomorrow morning right here on the AuctionBytes Blog.
eBay Inc. Reports Strong First Quarter 2011 Results
SAN JOSE, Calif.-Global ecommerce and online payments leader eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY) today reported that revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 increased 16% to $2.5 billion, compared to the same period of 2010. The company recorded first quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $475.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $619.0 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, representing a 12% increase for each compared to the same period of 2010. The first quarter increase in non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was due primarily to solid top line growth and a lower effective tax rate.
"In the first quarter, PayPal continued to drive strong growth globally, eBay sharply accelerated growth in the U.S. and we announced several acquisitions that we believe will enhance our leadership and innovation in commerce and payments. The year is off to a strong start," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe.
The company's PayPal business delivered strong first quarter performance, expanding its leadership position in global payments. PayPal grew active registered accounts 16% year over year, ending the quarter with 97.7 million and adding approximately one million active accounts per month for the sixth consecutive quarter. PayPal's net total payment volume grew 28% to $27.4 billion in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of last year, driven primarily by strong 38% year-over-year growth in its Merchant Services business across global markets, increased merchant adoption and greater usage by customers. PayPal continued to deliver solid growth in mobile payments and digital goods, with increased usage of Mobile Express Checkout, PayPal Send Money apps and the newly-launched PayPal for Digital Goods service.
The company's Marketplaces business continued to deliver improved performance during the first quarter of 2011. Gross merchandise volume excluding vehicles (GMV), increased by 8% year over year to $14.5 billion, reflecting progress against underlying customer metrics focused on trust, value and selection. GMV in the U.S. increased 10% year over year, the second consecutive quarter of acceleration. International GMV increased 8% year over year, driven by continued strength in Europe, partially offset by weakness in Korea. The Marketplaces business continued to drive technology-led innovation in key areas such as mobile, where the company is on track to double eBay's mobile GMV to $4 billion in 2011. Worldwide, active users increased 5% year over year to 95.9 million, with growth in North America, the U.K., Germany and Australia.
Other Selected Financial Results
* Operating margin — GAAP operating margin remained flat at 22.2% both for the first quarter of 2011 and for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 29.4% for the quarter, compared to 30.6% for the same period last year. The decrease in non-GAAP operating margin was due primarily to business mix with stronger growth in our lower margin businesses, primarily PayPal, and the inclusion of our recently completed acquisitions of Brands4Friends, Milo.com and Critical Path Software.
* Taxes — The GAAP effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2011 was 16%, compared to 20% for the first quarter of 2010. For the first quarter of 2011, the non-GAAP effective tax rate was 19%, compared to 22% for the first quarter of 2010.
* Cash flow — The company generated $699.6 million of operating cash flow and $551.0 million of free cash flow during the first quarter.
* Stock repurchase program — The company repurchased approximately $356.2 million of its common stock in the first quarter.
* Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments — The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $8.1 billion at March 31, 2011, compared to $7.8 billion at December 31, 2010.
* Second quarter 2011 — eBay expects net revenues in the range of $2.550 to $2.650 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.36 to $0.37 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.45 to $0.46.
* Full year 2011 — eBay now expects net revenues in the range of $10.600 to $10.900 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.53 to $1.58 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.93 to $1.97.
Quarterly Conference Call
eBay will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2011 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.