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PayPal (PYPL) Beats on Q2 Earnings, Raises Full Year View (Revised)

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PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 earnings of 36 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3 cents. Also, earnings were up 20% year over year. Revenues of $3.14 billion surpassed the consensus mark of $3.10 billion.

Following the better-than-expected second-quarter results, shares increased 2.2% in afterhours trading. Year to date, shares of PayPal have outperformed the industry it belongs to. The stock returned almost 49% compared with the industry’s gain of around 19%.

The results were driven by continuous strong performance in global payments, both online and mobile. PayPal added 6.5 million new customers in the first quarter, taking the total active customer accounts to 210 million.

In the quarter, partnership and mobile centrism continued to be PayPal’s top priorities.

The company extended its partnership with Alphabet’s (GOOGL - Free Report) Google to allow Android Pay users on Google Chrome mobile-web to pay to merchants that accept PayPal, using their PayPal account and fingerprint authentication. Further, Facebook (FB - Free Report) extended the commerce experience to its Messenger platform with PayPal.

PayPal collaborated with Apple (AAPL - Free Report) per which its platform can be used to pay for Apple’s services like App Store, Apple Music, iBooks and iTunes across iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. It also extended its partnership with Visa to the Europe.

The company partnered with Baidu to enable Chinese consumers pay with PayPal and Baidu wallet to merchants outside China. Additionally, PayPal partnered with Bank of America per which the bank’s issued card will be added to PayPal accounts.

PayPal also partnered with Samsung to allow Samsung Pay users in the U.S. to make purchases wherever applicable. Other notable partnerships in the quarter include that with Citi and JPMorgan Chase.

Also, the quarter witnessed PayPal’s accelerated push into mobile with One Touch and Venomo continuing to bolster its stake in mobile payments.

In the quarter, mobile made significant contribution to PayPal’s volume growth, accounting for 34% of total payments made on its platform. The company processed around 36 billion in mobile payment volume, up 50% on a year-over-year basis.

Let’s delve deeper into the numbers


Net revenue of $3.14 billion was up 18.3% on a year-over-year basis (up 20% on an Fx-neutral basis). Also, revenues came ahead of the company’s own guided range of $3.05 billion to $3.1 billion.

Transaction revenues of $2.75 billion contributed 88% to total revenue and were up 6% sequentially and 18% on a year-over-year basis. Other value-added services revenues of $387 million contributed the rest and were up 3% sequentially and 18% year over year.

Geographically, the U.S. contributed 54% to total revenue, up 5% sequentially and 20% on a year-over-year basis. International revenues contributed 46% to total revenue and were up 6% sequentially and 16% year over year.

In the quarter, total payment volume (TVP) was $99 billion, growing 26% year over year on an Fx-neutral basis. The company processed 1.8 billion payment transactions, up 23% year over year. Over the trailing 12 months, payment transaction per active account was up 10% to 32.3.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Margins and Net Income

Non-GAAP operating margin of 21% was up 110 basis points (bps) year over year but down 60 bps sequentially.

Non-GAAP net income of $554 million was up 27.1% year over year and 3.7% sequentially.

Including special items, GAAP net income was $411 million (34 cents per share) compared with $323 million (27 cents per share) in the year-ago quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

PayPal had a strong balance sheet at the end of the second quarter. Cash and short-term investments balance was $4.09 billion compared with $4.06 billion in the previous quarter. The company generated $921 million in cash from continuing operations and spent $174 million on capex.

The company has no long-term debt.


For the third quarter of 2017, PayPal expects revenues to grow in the range of 18–20% on an Fx-neutral basis to $3.14–$3.19 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $3.12 billion. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be in the range of 42–44 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 32 cents. GAAP earnings per share are expected in the range of 30–32 cents.

For 2017, PayPal increased its expectations. The company now expects revenues between $12.78 billion and $12.88 billion compared with its earlier expectations of $12.52–$12.72 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 12.70 billion.

Currently PayPal is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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