Mon, Jul. 6, 5:13 AM
- As it prepares for its July 17 split from eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), PayPal (Pending:PYPL) is on the hunt for international acquisitions to drive growth and fend off predators, chief executive Dan Schulman told FT.
- "The balance sheet affords us the opportunity to look opportunistically where it makes sense to acquire," said Schulman. "I think there is a tremendous opportunity to look across the world."
- Last week PayPal announced it would spend nearly $1B to purchase Xoom, a digital money transfer provider, and more acquisitions now seem to be on the horizon.
- EBAY -0.3% premarket
Fri, Jul. 3, 9:20 AM
- Adding to their list of woes, Greeks can no longer use their PayPal (PYPL, EBAY) accounts, Quartz reports.
- Capital controls have effectively crippled the online payment service, which relies on traditional banks and credit cards to transfer money.
- Another area seeing a revival is Bitcoin (COIN, OTCQB:BTCS). New customers depositing at least €50 with BTCGreece, the only Greece-based Bitcoin exchange, rose by 400% between May and June. The average deposit quadrupled to around €700.
Thu, Jul. 2, 5:45 PM
- EBAY closed up 2.4% following news PayPal (Pending:PYPL) is buying top online international money transfer service XOOM for $890M. With PayPal now just 18 days away from trading separately, eBay is within $1.50 of a 52-week high of $63.30. Western Union had a less favorable reaction to the deal.
- Street reactions to the purchase have been largely positive. SunTrust's Bob Peck: "We see synergies/opportunity between Xoom and [mobile payments platform] Venmo inside the PayPal ecosystem enabling lower cost (ACH, or debit worse-case) wallet funding (PayPal, Paydiant) and in-market and cross-border [consumer-to-consumer] and [consumer-to-business] transactions. This could serve to sustain relevance on the consumer side and (interrelated) preserve/lower funding cost and strengthen the value proposition on the merchant side."
- Baird's Colin Sebastian: "Both PayPal and Xoom have competitive advantages from fraud-detection technology underlying their respective products. While Xoom’s engine was initially built using concepts borrowed from PayPal, they have since extended the functionality to peer-to-peer international remittance..."
- Keefe, Bruyette & Woods' Sanjay Sakhrani: "[I]nternational money transmittance is a highly adjacent business to P2P payments and digital wallets, which is PayPal's core business…Despite a fairly rich valuation, XOOM is growing quickly and brings to the table a scalable, bolt-on platform to help offer additional value-add..." Morgan Stanley's Brian Nowak sees an opportunity to significantly expand Xoom's op. margin (4% in 2014).
- Xoom closed at $25.05, slightly above PayPal's $25/share buyout price. SunTrust's Andrew Jeffrey thinks Western Union and/or Internet companies could make a rival bid. Baird's Sebastian: "Higher bid from traditional money transfer company still plausible given a PayPal-Xoom combination presents a much greater (and better-capitalized) competitive threat."
Wed, Jul. 1, 6:06 PM
Wed, Jul. 1, 5:40 PM
- PayPal (EBAY, PYPL) is acquiring leading online money transfer/remittance service provider XOOM for an enterprise value of $890M, or $25/share, in cash.
- The price represents a 21% premium to Xoom's Wednesday close. The deal comes ahead of PayPal's mid-July spinoff into a separate, publicly-traded, company. XOOM has been halted.
- PayPal president/soon-to-be-CEO Dan Schulman: "Expanding into international money transfer and remittances aligns with our strategic vision to democratize the movement and management of money ... Xoom's presence in 37 countries in particular, Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil will help us accelerate our expansion in these important markets."
- The deal is expected to close in Q4, and be slightly dilutive to PayPal's 2016 EPS. PayPal plans to pay for it with existing cash. Xoom will operate as a separate service within PayPal.
- Recent PayPal acquisitions include white-label mobile payments services provider Paydiant, cybersecurity software firm CyActive, and rival online/mobile payments service provider Braintree.
Fri, Jun. 26, 4:47 PM
- EBAY's board has officially approved the breakup of the company's Marketplaces and PayPal units into separate, publicly-traded, firms.
- As previously announced, Marketplaces (to be still known as eBay) will trade under the symbol EBAY, and PayPal under the symbol PYPL. PayPal shares are expected to be distributed to eBay shareholders on Friday, July 17, with regular trading in the shares starting on Monday, July 20.
- 2 months ago: eBay/PayPal hammer out post-spinoff terms; Donahoe to chair PayPal
Fri, Jun. 19, 11:55 AM
- eBay (EBAY +1%) has agreed to sell its stake in the online classifieds leader (originally bought in 2004) back to the company, thereby ending years of litigation.
- No word yet on the sale price, but it could be substantial: Estimates for Craigslist's valuation have been in the several-billion range and higher over the years. The company has shown no interest in going public, and remains averse to aggressively monetizing its platform.
Tue, Jun. 16, 2:33 PM
- 5 months after eBay (EBAY +1.2%) stated it's mulling a sale or IPO for its Enterprise unit, Bloomberg reports the company wants to unload the business prior to its Marketplaces/PayPal split, set to occur in 2H15. Shares have moved slightly higher in response.
- Enterprise, formerly known as GSI Commerce, provides online storefront, in-store shopping, and order management software and services for retailers. The unit had Q1 revenue of $288M (+7% Y/Y), and drove GMS of $1.01B (+8%). 2014 revenue totaled $1.24B (+6% Y/Y).
Thu, Jun. 11, 3:22 AM
- New York law enforcement officials have written to eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) and PayPal (Pending:PYPL) this week, saying the companies' revised user policies "raise issues" under consumer protection laws, NYT reports.
- The updated user agreements would allow the two companies to call or text their combined 322M users for offers and promotions, to collect a debt or to poll their opinions through questionnaires.
- Ebay's new user agreement is scheduled to take effect on Monday and PayPal's will become effective on July 1.
Mon, Jun. 8, 11:14 AM
- eBay (EBAY -2.5%) forecasts its Marketplaces ops will see just 0%-5% constant currency revenue growth in both 2015 and 2016. PayPal is expected to see 15%-18% constant currency growth in 2015, and ~15% annual growth in the "medium term."
- Marketplaces guidance: Marketplaces' EPS growth is expected to exceed revenue growth in 2016 and later (no 2015 forecast is given). eBay sees the business posting free cash flow of $2.1B-$2.3B in 2015, and $2.3B-$2.5B in 2016. Op. margin is expected to be roughly flat long-term relative to 2015 and 2016 target ranges of 32%-34% and 31%-35%.
- PayPal guidance: PayPal is expected to see 2015 free cash flow of $1.6B-$1.8B, and FCF growing in-line with revenue in the medium term. Forex-adjusted payment volume growth is expected to be in the mid-20s in both 2015 and the medium term. Op. margin is forecast to be at 20%-21% in 2015, and be "stable to growing" in the medium term.
- Piper's Gene Munster (Underweight rating) observes the Marketplaces guidance is below Street forecasts. and the PayPal guidance in-line. The PayPal spinoff remains set to occur in 2H15.
- For reference, eBay's Marketplaces revenue fell 4% Y/Y (in actual dollars) in Q1 to $2.07B, with GMV declining 2%. PayPal division revenue rose 14% to $2.11B, with payment volume rising 18%.
- Marketplaces slides. PayPal slides.
Tue, Jun. 2, 5:35 PM
- Under a new program called Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light, the e-commerce giant will provide free shipping for many popular items weighing 8 ounces or less, including ones whose prices fall well short of Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) standard $35 minimum requirement for free shipping to non-Prime customers.
- Items covered by the program will arrive in 4-8 business days. Most of the items will be provided by 3rd-party merchants relying on Amazon's fulfillment services.
- To a large extent, the move takes aim at EBAY, which does considerable business handling sales of small/low-cost goods that come with free shipping. As it is, Amazon (both via direct and 3rd-party sales) has been grabbing share from eBay's Marketplaces ops for a number of quarters.
- Last week, Amazon announced it's providing free same-day delivery to Prime subs in 14 major U.S. metro areas.
Tue, May 26, 1:32 PM
- eBay's (EBAY -1.4%) is launching Promoted Listings, an ad format that guarantees sellers receive placement on the first page of product search results. Notably, eBay will only charge sellers when an ad click leads to a sale.
- Sellers will be able to bid 1%-20% of a product's final sale price for search keywords. The ads, which will begin appearing on a limited basis in June, will also differ from prior eBay ad formats in their reliance on structured data such as SKUs to guarantee a product ad is tied to a relevant search.
- eBay exec Alex Linde: "[T]here’s no upfront risk for the seller ... The only lever these sellers had in the past was price, and nobody wants to grow only by discounting." He adds eBay is also exploring ways for larger merchants to better promote special deals.
- Alibaba has long relied heavily on search ads to monetize its Chinese marketplaces, and Etsy has also embraced promoted listings. eBay, meanwhile, has been spending on Google's product listing ads (PLAs) to drive merchant sales.
- eBay is coming off a Q1 in which its Marketplaces revenue fell 4% Y/Y to $2.07B; a strong dollar took a toll, as did share loss to Amazon and others. GMV fell 2% to $20.2B.
Thu, May 21, 9:17 AM
- New additions to Goldman's hedge fund hotels - 50 stocks which most frequently appear among the largest ten holdings of hedge funds: AerCap (NYSE:AER), Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO), Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Citizens Financial (NYSE:CFG), Colony Capital (NYSE:CLNY), Dresser-Rand (NYSE:DRC), Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), Hospira (NYSE:HSP), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), NXP Semi (NASDAQ:NXPI), Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ:PCYC), Visa (NYSE:V), and Walgreens (NASDAQ:WBA).
- Since 2001, the basket has outperformed the S&P 500 in 66% of quarters by an average of 73 basis points. YTD, however, it has underperformed by nine bps. Goldman notes the current basket overweights Consumer Discretionary (22%) and underweights Consumer Staples (2%).
- Looking at the full list, Actavis (NYSE:ACT) leads the way, with 77 funds naming the stock as a top 10 holding. Next up is Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) with 69, then Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) at 42. For the entire list of 50, the average is 26 funds making a stock a top 10 holding.
- The rest in order: Valeant (NYSE:VRX), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Time Warner (NYSE:TWC), Delta (NYSE:DAL), Cheneire (NYSEMKT:LNG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYK), AIG, SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE), Air Products (NYSE:APD), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), GM, BofA (NYSE:BAC), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC), American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), NorthStar Realty (NYSE:NRF), Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), MasterCard (NYSE:MA), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Micron (NASDAQ:MU), Williams (NYSE:WMB), Gilead (NASDAQ:GILD), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), Dolar General (NYSE:DG), NorthStar Asset (NYSE:NSAM), Brookdale Senior (NYSE:BKD), DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH).
- See also: Goldman updates list of hedge funds most-shorted stocks (May 21)
Thu, May 21, 2:58 AM
- eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is testing an Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime-like program in Germany that it plans to roll out more broadly in the country later this year, although it's still not clear if it would introduce the service elsewhere.
- The offering, known as eBay+, promises free, fast shipping and returns for customers who, according to local press in Germany, pay €15 to €20 a year.
- Related: Wal-Mart details its Amazon Prime rival: $50/year unlimited shipping (May. 13 2015)
Tue, May 19, 6:31 PM
- PayPal (NASDAQ:EBAY) will pay $15M in consumer refunds and $10M in civil penalties to settle a complaint from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) alleging its e-commerce credit service (now known as PayPal Credit, previously known as Bill Me Later) signed up customers without permission (leading them to incur interest/late fees), directed users to the service instead of other payment methods, and mishandled billing disputes. (the complaint - .pdf)
- PayPal has also agreed to improve its disclosures. The company isn't admitting or denying any of the CFPB's allegations.
- Earlier this year, eBay sold an 85% interest in a pool of U.S. credit receivables. CFO Robert Swan stated on the Q1 CC (transcript) the move will "free up approximately $700 million of incremental capacity in the U.S. to fund PayPal's growth."
Tue, Apr. 28, 1:51 PM
- Looking to speed checkout times for online shoppers (and in doing so get them to pay with PayPal instead of an alternate option), PayPal (EBAY +1.3%) has extended its One Touch payments service (allows users to pay without having to enter their username/password) to websites. One Touch launched on mobile apps last fall; some clients have reported seeing major increases in conversion rates after adopting it.
- The solution takes aim at Stripe, which has often been praised by merchants for offering better and easier integration with their sites than PayPal, as well as providing better management tools and customer support. Stripe, valued at $3.6B in a recent funding round, has a customer base that includes OpenTable, Salesforce, and Rackspace; it has also struck deals to handle payments on Facebook and Twitter's sites/apps.
- The move comes ahead of a PayPal spinoff expected to boost the company's ability to strike deals with eBay marketplace rivals. eBay's PayPal division revenue rose 14% Y/Y in Q1 to $2.1B, and its payment volume 18% to $61.4B.
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