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PayPal Reports Strong Third Quarter Results

  • Revenue of $2.3 billion and growth of 15%, foreign currency neutral revenue growth of 19% on a non-GAAP pro forma basis
  • GAAP operating margin up 80 basis points to 15% and non-GAAP operating margin up 200 basis points on a pro forma basis to 20%
  • 28% GAAP EPS growth to $0.25 and 31% non-GAAP pro forma EPS growth to $0.31

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global technology platform and payments leader PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PYPL) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015, demonstrating PayPal's strong start as an independent, public company. For the quarter, PayPal gained market share, expanded its customer base, deepened engagement with merchants and consumers and delivered on its financial commitments.

The company reported record revenue for the period of $2.3 billion, an increase of 15% on a non-GAAP pro forma basis and 19% on a foreign currency (FX) neutral basis. GAAP net income for the quarter was $301 million or $0.25 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income was $377 million or $0.31 per diluted share, driven primarily by growing relevancy with its customer base.

"PayPal is entirely focused on digital payments and transforming money for people around the world. This clear focus and our strong value proposition allowed us to deliver strong financial results in the third quarter," said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. "We are operating in a time when change is sweeping through the financial services industry driven by the rise of mobile technology and the acceleration of money becoming digital. These two massive trends play directly to our strengths and we are leveraging this transformation to extend and accelerate our lead."

Gaining Market Share

In the third quarter, PayPal gained market share and extended its lead with total payment volume (TPV) growing substantially faster than the rate of global e-commerce. Total PayPal TPV grew 27% on an FX neutral basis to $70 billion and merchant services TPV advanced 34% on an FX neutral basis and represented 80% of TPV for the quarter. The company also continued to accelerate its lead in mobile payments, processing 345 million transactions, an increase of 38%.

Expanding PayPal's Customer Base

In the quarter, consumers across the world, and merchants, large and small signed up for PayPal in record numbers. The company grew its customer base to 173 million active customers and continued to add new partners to acquire customers like Macy's, Shell in the UK and Latin America's largest mobile wireless provider America Movil. PayPal's large global customer base and strong two sided platform are tremendous assets and difficult to replicate.

Deepening PayPal's Engagement with Customers

PayPal's aim is not only to grow its customer base, but to create deeper, more relevant relationships with each of its customers. In the third quarter, the company processed 1.22 billion payment transactions, which translates to 27 payment transactions per active customer account. This is an increase from 24 payment transactions per active customer account in the same period last year. $2.1 billion of volume was processed through the Venmo product, growing over 200%, making it one of the fastest growing apps in the world by dollar volume.

"These metrics demonstrate the trust that our customers place in PayPal, and they are increasingly finding more utility and value in their PayPal accounts," said Schulman.

PayPal Credit

Credit is an important way PayPal deepens its relationships with its customers, both merchants and consumers. The company is committed to creating transparent and compelling credit products that help its customers have better control over their money. The PayPal Working Capital product achieved a milestone, having facilitated more than $1 billion in credit to small and mid-sized merchants since inception. Repeat usage for this product and high customer satisfaction rates demonstrate that by designing offerings to serve its customers' needs coupled with global ubiquity, PayPal can create a virtuous cycle and sustainable platform.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

Third Quarter

(presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)



YoY Growth

FX-Neutral YoY


Total Payment Volume (TPV) $69,738 $58,184 $11,554 20% 27%
Net revenue $2,258 $1,975 $283 14% 18%
Net income $301 $234 $67 29% N/A
Earnings per diluted share $0.25 $0.19 $0.06 28% N/A
Non-GAAP Pro Forma
Net revenue $2,258 $1,971 $287 15% 19%
Net income $377 $288 $89 31% N/A
Earnings per diluted share $0.31 $0.24 $0.07 31% N/A

Other Selected Financial and Operational Results

Operating Margin - GAAP operating margin for the third quarter of 2015 increased to 14.6%, compared to 13.8% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 19.9%, compared to non-GAAP pro forma operating margin of 17.9% for the same period last year. Assuming the operating agreement and other commercial agreements with eBay Inc. entered into in connection with the spin-off had been in effect during the third quarter of 2014, non-GAAP operating margin increased 200 basis points during the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

Other Value Added Services (OVAS) - OVAS revenue increased 25% to $0.3 billion. OVAS benefited from the amendment and extension of the Company's agreement with Synchrony Financial and the growth of interest income and fees from its PayPal Credit products.

Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2015 was 14.0%, compared to 15.2% for the third quarter of 2014. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 17.7% compared to the non-GAAP pro forma effective tax rate of 18.6% for the third quarter of 2014.

Cash flow - PayPal generated $652 million of operating cash flow and $519 million of free cash flow during the third quarter of 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments - PayPal's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments totaled $6.7 billion at September 30, 2015.

Expected 2015 Financial Results for PayPal Holdings, Inc.

Full year 2015 - PayPal expects net revenues to grow 15% - 18% on an FX neutral GAAP basis and 15% - 18% on an FX neutral non-GAAP pro forma basis. PayPal expects GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.94 - $0.98 and non-GAAP pro-forma earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.23 - $1.27.

Quarterly Conference Call and Webcast

PayPal Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2015 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 and non-GAAP pro-forma measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures, can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations website at In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days through the same link.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. uses its Investor Relations website at, its PayPal Stories Blog, Twitter handle (@PayPal) and LinkedIn page as a means of disclosing information about the company and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. The information we post through these channels may be deemed material. Accordingly, investors should monitor these channels in addition to PayPal's press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls and webcasts.

About PayPal

At PayPal (Nasdaq:PYPL), we put people at the center of everything we do. Founded in 1998, we continue to be at the forefront of the digital payments revolution. Last year we processed 4 billion payments, of which 1 billion were made on mobile devices. PayPal gives people better ways to connect to their money and to each other, helping them safely access and move their money and offering a choice of how they would like to pay or be paid. With our 173 million active customer accounts, we have created an open and secure payments ecosystem that people and businesses choose to securely transact with each other online, in stores and on mobile devices. PayPal is a truly global payments platform that is available to people in 203 markets, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds to their bank accounts in 57 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 26 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit For PYPL financial information visit


All growth rates represent year-over-year comparisons, except as otherwise noted. FX-neutral results are calculated by translating the current period's local currency results by the prior period's exchange rate. FX-neutral growth rates are calculated by comparing the current period's FX-neutral results by the prior period's results, excluding the impact of hedging. 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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes the following financial measures defined as "non-GAAP financial measures" by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate and free cash flow. In addition, the company has included certain pro forma adjustments in its presentation of non-GAAP net revenue, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, and non-GAAP operating margin in this presentation (collectively referred to as "non-GAAP pro forma measures"). These adjustments reflect items that are factually supportable, directly attributable to the separation of the company from eBay Inc. on July 17, 2015, and expected to have a continuing impact on the company's results of operations. The company has included these pro forma adjustments because management believes that they help to facilitate comparisons of the company's operating results between periods. In discussing year-over-year comparisons, the company has chosen to present non-GAAP pro forma measures because it believes that these measures provide investors a consistent basis for reviewing the company's performance across different periods. For an explanation of the foregoing non-GAAP measures, please see "Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance" included in this press release. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, see "Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance," "Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Operating Margin," "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income, GAAP Diluted EPS to Non-GAAP Diluted EPS and GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate," "Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow," "Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Pro Forma Operating Margin, GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Pro Forma Net Income, and GAAP Diluted EPS to Non-GAAP Pro Forma Diluted EPS," and "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Revenues by Type to Non-GAAP Pro Forma Net Revenues by Type, and GAAP Net Revenues by Geography to Non-GAAP Pro Forma Net Revenues by Geography" included in this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries that are based on the company's current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected financial results for full year 2015 and future growth in the company's businesses. Actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in political, business and economic conditions, including any regional general economic downturn or crisis and any conditions that affect ecommerce growth; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company's ability to successfully react to the increasing importance of mobile payments and mobile commerce; the company's ability to deal with the increasingly competitive environment for its businesses, including competition for consumer and merchants; changes to the company's capital allocation or management of operating cash; the company's need to manage an increasingly large enterprise with a broad range of businesses of varying degrees of maturity and in many different geographies; the effect of management changes and business initiatives; the company's need and ability to manage other regulatory, tax and litigation risks as its services are offered in more jurisdictions and applicable laws become more restrictive; any changes the company may make to its product offerings; the competitive, regulatory, payment card association-related and other risks specific to the company's PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree and Venmo products, especially as PayPal continues to expand geographically and introduce new products and as new laws and regulations related to payments and financial services come into effect; the company's ability to timely upgrade and develop its technology systems, infrastructure and customer service capabilities at reasonable cost; the company's ability to maintain stability and performance of its Payment Platform while adding new products and features in a timely fashion; and the company's ability to profitably integrate, manage and grow businesses that have been acquired or may be acquired in the future. The forward-looking statements in this release do not include the potential impact of any acquisitions or divestitures that may be announced and/or completed after the date hereof.

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