eBay's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing third quarter 2016 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on eBay's investor relations website.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY), a global commerce leader, delivered gross merchandise volume (GMV) for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 of $20.1 billion, increasing 5% on a foreign exchange (FX) neutral basis and 3% on an as-reported basis. Revenue for the quarter was $2.2 billion, up 8% on an FX-Neutral basis and 6% on an as-reported basis. GAAP net income from continuing operations was $418 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $509 million, or $0.45 per diluted share. During the quarter, the company generated $802 million of operating cash flow and $617 million of free cash flow from continuing operations while also repurchasing $500 million of its common stock.
"In Q3 we delivered good top- and bottom-line financial results, led by consistent performance across our business," said Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay Inc. "We continued to transform the shopping experience on eBay, delivered more personalization capabilities and began to activate our updated brand messaging."
In the third quarter, eBay added over one million active buyers across its platforms, to a total of 165 million global active buyers. Underlying total eBay Inc. performance, the Marketplace platforms delivered $19.0 billion of GMV and $1.8 billion of revenue. Marketplace revenue was up 5% on an FX-Neutral basis and 2% on an as-reported basis, driven by GMV growth of 4% on an FX-Neutral basis and 2% on an as-reported basis as well as growth in Marketing Services & Other revenue. StubHub had another strong quarter with GMV of $1.1 billion, up 23%, and revenue of $263 million, up 32%, aided by strength across concerts, theater and baseball as well as the continued benefit from ongoing product innovation. The Classifieds platforms delivered another quarter of good performance with revenue of $197 million, up 14% on an FX-Neutral basis and 11% on an as-reported basis, primarily driven by the Automotive and Real Estate verticals across several key geographies.
eBay made progress during the quarter in driving the most relevant shopping experiences for consumers. Marketplace delivered further enhancements to its mobile platform and introduced Quick Sale, a targeted consumer destination for selling mobile phones. The company also began to activate an updated strategy for the eBay brand and was recently ranked as number 32 in Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2016 report. StubHub continued to drive innovation, expanding its virtual reality technology to more venues in the United States, as well as launching a blended primary and secondary tickets experience with the Philadelphia 76ers. Classifieds began integrating tickets inventory from StubHub in Canada, while furthering efforts to integrate inventory from eBay in several markets.
eBay continues to be acquisitive in the areas of geographic and vertical expansion, and adding key technology and talent. Most recently, it announced an agreement to purchase Corrigon Ltd., a pioneer of visual search technologies, expected to contribute to the Marketplace platform's structured data initiative. In addition to its recent strategic acquisitions, eBay has returned $2 billion of capital to shareholders in 2016 in the form of share repurchases. eBay also recently sold most of its stake in MercadoLibre, Inc. The sale enables eBay to realize a significant gain on its investment, and the company intends to use the net proceeds in a manner consistent with its capital allocation policy.
Other Selected Financial and Operational Results
Operating margin - GAAP operating margin decreased to 24.4% for the third quarter of 2016, compared to 27.5% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 29.9% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 31.9% for the same period last year.
Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate for continuing operations for the third quarter of 2016 was 21.6%, compared to 18.0% for the third quarter of 2015. The non-GAAP effective tax rate for continuing operations for the third quarter of 2016 was 22.2%, compared to 20.2% for the third quarter of 2015.
Cash flow - The company generated $802 million of operating cash flow from continuing operations and $617 million of free cash flow from continuing operations during the third quarter of 2016.
Stock repurchase program - The company repurchased approximately $500 million of its common stock, or 16.5 million shares, in the third quarter of 2016. The company's total repurchase authorization remaining as of September 30, 2016 was $2.3 billion.
Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments - The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $10.4 billion as of September 30, 2016.
Fourth quarter 2016 - The company expects net revenue between $2.36 billion and $2.41 billion, representing FX-Neutral growth of 4% - 6%, with non-GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $0.52 - $0.54 and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $1.05 - $1.15.
Full year 2016 - The company expects net revenue between $8.95 billion and $9.0 billion, representing FX-Neutral growth of 6% - 7%, with non-GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $1.85 - $1.90 and GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations in the range of $2.22 - $2.32.
Quarterly Conference Call and Webcast
eBay Inc. will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2016 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 90 days through the same link.
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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 through Connected Commerce. 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 2015, eBay enabled $82 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.
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 millions, except as otherwise noted. As a result, certain amounts may not sum or recalculate using the rounded dollar amounts provided.