eBay's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing second quarter 2012 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on the eBay investor website.
eBay Inc. Reports Strong Second Quarter 2012 Results
Revenue and Net Income up Double Digits Year Over Year; Marketplaces Business Delivers Strongest Growth Since 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif.- eBay Inc., a global commerce platform and payments company (Nasdaq: EBAY), today reported that revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 increased 23% to $3.4 billion, compared to the same period of 2011. The company reported second quarter net income on a non-GAAP basis of $730 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, up 16% year over year primarily due to strong top-line growth partially offset by increased investment in the shopping experience and the impact of acquisitions. GAAP net income of $692 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, reflected a gain on the divestiture of a business in 2012 and increased significantly year over year due to a loss from the divestiture of certain GSI businesses and GSI transaction-related expenses in the second quarter of 2011.
"We delivered a great second quarter, driven by eBay Marketplaces' best performance in years, strong growth at PayPal and strong same-store-sales growth for GSI's large retail customers," said John Donahoe, eBay Inc. President and CEO. "Our entire company is strong, but we're particularly pleased with eBay Marketplaces, which delivered its strongest organic growth in gross merchandise volume, excluding vehicles, since 2006. And mobile continues to be a game changer. We now expect eBay and PayPal mobile to each transact $10 billion in volume in 2012 -- that's more than double 2011, a staggering surge in mobile shopping and payments on devices that did not exist just a few years ago. Retail is at an inflection point, and we are helping to reshape how people around the world shop and pay."
PayPal delivered a strong second quarter performance. PayPal ended the quarter with 113.2 million active registered accounts, a 13% increase over the second quarter of 2011. PayPal revenue increased 26% year over year, driven primarily by increased penetration on eBay as well as continued merchant and consumer adoption and strong growth in Bill Me Later. PayPal's net total payment volume (TPV) grew 20% year over year to $34.5 billion. PayPal continues to focus on innovation, delivering on its vision of anytime, anywhere payments and growing its business in mobile and point of sale. This quarter, the company announced a joint venture with SoftBank in Japan, extending its global expansion strategy for small business payment solution PayPal Here. Sixteen large brand-name U.S. retailers have announced their intent to work with PayPal on point of sale initiatives. The PayPal point of sale payment solution, which gives shoppers the opportunity to pay using just their mobile phone number or PayPal payment card and PIN, was rolled out in Abercrombie & Fitch and Jos. A. Bank stores in the U.S. beginning in the quarter.
eBay's Marketplaces business delivered its strongest organic growth rate in gross merchandise volume (GMV), excluding vehicles, since 2006, at 15% on a year-over-year basis, excluding the effects of foreign currency (FX). Also excluding FX, international GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 16% and fixed price GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 20% year over year.
Marketplaces GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 10% year over year to $16 billion in the second quarter of 2012. Marketplaces revenue increased 9% year over year, driven by strong growth across all regions. Sold items increased 20% compared to the second quarter of 2011, a 2.5 percentage point acceleration, reflecting a better customer experience and improved selection. U.S. GMV, excluding vehicles, in the second quarter increased 14% year over year, driven by growth in active users, mobile engagement and strong performance in key verticals, including fashion, tickets and parts & accessories. International GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 8% year over year to $10 billion, driven by strong growth in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Fixed price GMV, which represented 65% of total GMV in the second quarter, grew 13% globally year over year. Downloads of eBay's suite of mobile apps have surpassed 90 million globally since the launch of mobile in the third quarter of 2008.
The company's GSI business, which was acquired in the second quarter of 2011, contributed $221 million in revenue for the second quarter. GSI generated $674 million in global ecommerce (GeC) merchandise sales during the second quarter. Same store sales grew 21% year over year, reflecting strong ecommerce sales from retail clients.
Other Selected Financial Results
Operating margin - GAAP operating margin increased to 20.5% for the second quarter of 2012, compared to 18.8% for the same period last year. The increase in GAAP operating margin was due primarily to the impact of GSI transaction-related expenses incurred in the second quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 27.3% in the second quarter, compared to 27.6% for the same period last year.
Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2012 was 19%, compared to 3% for the second quarter of 2011. The increase was due primarily to the tax benefit received in 2011 for the loss on the divestiture of certain GSI businesses immediately following the acquisition of GSI. For the second quarter of 2012 and 2011, the non-GAAP effective tax rate was 24% and 19%, respectively.
Cash flow - The company generated $768 million of operating cash flow and $411 million of free cash flow during the second quarter of 2012.
Stock repurchase programs - The company repurchased approximately $355 million of its common stock in the second quarter of 2012. In addition, the company's board of directors authorized an additional $2 billion stock repurchase program, continuing to offset dilution from the company's equity compensation programs.
Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments - The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $7.6 billion at June 30, 2012, up from $7.5 billion at December 31, 2011.
Capital allocation - The company believes that it has a strong balance sheet and free cash flow that will allow it to finance its organic needs and stock repurchase programs over the near to medium term, and the company does not anticipate meaningful mergers and acquisitions activity in the near term. However, most of the company's cash is generated and resides offshore. The company intends to remain opportunistic when assessing sources of additional liquidity, and to the extent it increases liquidity above current levels, the company expects that its net income and earnings per share will be negatively affected.
Third quarter 2012 - eBay expects net revenues in the range of $3,300 - $3,400 million with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.42 - $0.44 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.53 - $0.55.
Full year 2012 - eBay expects net revenues in the range of $13,800 - $14,100 million with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.91 - $1.96 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.30 - $2.35.
Quarterly Conference Call
eBay will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2012 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 http://investor.ebayinc.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days through the same link.
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