eBay Inc. Reports Strong First Quarter 2012 Results

By: eBay Inc. Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Global commerce platform and payments leader eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) today reported that revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, increased 29% to $3.3 billion, compared to the same period of 2011. The company reported first quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $570 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $725 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. The year-over-year increase in first quarter GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was driven primarily by strong top-line growth, partially offset by increased investment in the shopping experience and the impact of acquisitions.

“Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income”

“The first quarter was a strong start to the year for us with momentum continuing in our Marketplaces, PayPal and GSI Commerce businesses," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "We believe that innovation in retail today is technology driven, and consumers are embracing smarter, easier, better ways to shop. We are enabling commerce in this new retail environment, supporting and partnering with sellers of all sizes and giving consumers worldwide the ability to shop anytime, anywhere, for whatever they want.”

The company's PayPal business delivered strong first quarter performance. PayPal ended the quarter with 109.8 million active registered accounts, a 12% increase over the first quarter of 2011. PayPal revenue increased 32% year over year, driven primarily by increased penetration on eBay as well as continued merchant and consumer adoption. PayPal's net total payment volume (TPV) grew 24% year over year to $34 billion. PayPal continues to invest in innovation, focusing on its core platform as well as mobile and point of sale initiatives. PayPal expects to process $7 billion in mobile TPV in 2012. PayPal launched an expansion of its payment services to offline merchants in the first quarter. The Home Depot has launched PayPal payments in all of its nearly 2,000 U.S. stores, giving shoppers the opportunity to pay using just their mobile phone number or PayPal payment card and PIN. Users can switch between paying with their phone or payment card at any time. The company also launched PayPal Here in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. With PayPal Here, small businesses can now process almost any form of payment online or offline, including credit and debit cards, checks and PayPal using only a smartphone.

The company's Marketplaces business also delivered strong first quarter performance. Gross merchandise volume (GMV) excluding vehicles increased 12% year over year to $16 billion. Sold items increased 17% compared to the first quarter of 2011, reflecting the continued impact of improvements to eBay's core technology that are designed to make it easier and faster for shoppers to browse and buy. U.S. GMV excluding vehicles increased 13% year over year as sold items growth, mobile engagement and momentum in fashion and parts & accessories were key drivers of growth in the first quarter. Fixed price GMV, which represented 64% of total GMV in the first quarter, grew 18% globally year over year, a four-point acceleration compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. International GMV excluding vehicles increased 11% year over year to $10 billion, reflecting improved performance in Korea and solid growth in Europe. Downloads of eBay's suite of mobile apps surpassed 12 million in the first quarter and 78 million globally since the launch of mobile in the third quarter of 2008. eBay expects to generate $8 billion in mobile volume transacted in 2012.

The company's GSI business, which was acquired in the second quarter of 2011, contributed $237 million in revenue for the first quarter. GSI generated $715 million in global ecommerce (GeC) merchandise sales during the quarter. Same store sales grew 26% year over year, reflecting strong ecommerce sales from retail clients.

First Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)

    First Quarter        
    2012   2011   Change
GAAP                
Net revenue   $3,277   $2,546   $731   29%
Net income   $570   $476   $94   20%
Earnings per diluted share   $0.44   $0.36   $0.08   21%
Non-GAAP                
Net income   $725   $619   $106   17%
Earnings per diluted share   $0.55   $0.47   $0.08   18%
             
    First Quarter        
    2012   2011   Change
Business Units                
Payments                
Net revenue   $1,309   $993   $316   32%
Net total payment volume   $33,857   $27,362   $6,495   24%
Merchant Services   $22,433   $17,567   $4,866   28%
On eBay   $11,424   $9,795   $1,629   17%
Marketplaces                
Net revenue   $1,728   $1,553   $175   11%
Gross merchandise volume (excl. vehicles)   $16,206   $14,496   $1,710   12%
U.S.   $6,366   $5,631   $735   13%
International   $9,840   $8,865   $975   11%
GSI                
Net revenue   $237   $—   $237   N/A
GeC Merchandise Sales   $715   $—   $715   N/A

Other Selected Financial Results

  • Operating margin — GAAP operating margin decreased to 19.9% for the first quarter of 2012, compared to 22.2% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 26.9% for the quarter, compared to 29.4% for the same period last year. The decrease in GAAP and non-GAAP operating margin was due primarily to the impact of acquisitions and business mix.
  • Taxes — The GAAP effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was 17%, compared to 16% for the first quarter of 2011. For the first quarter of 2012 and 2011, the non-GAAP effective tax rate was 20% and 19%, respectively.
  • Cash flow — The company generated $531 million of operating cash flow and $289 million of free cash flow during the first quarter, which were negatively impacted by a one-time tax payment of approximately $300 million related to the gain on the sale of our remaining equity interest in Skype in fourth quarter 2011.
  • Stock repurchase program — The company repurchased approximately $240 million of its common stock in the first quarter.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments — The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $7.8 billion at March 31, 2012 up from $7.5 billion at December 31, 2011.

Business Outlook

  • Second quarter 2012 — eBay expects net revenues in the range of $3,250 - $3,350 million with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.49 - $0.51 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.53 - $0.55.
  • Full year 2012 — eBay now 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 first 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.

About eBay Inc.

Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through GSI, which facilitates ecommerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises. X.commerce brings together the technology assets and developer communities of eBay, PayPal and Magento, an ecommerce platform, to support eBay Inc.'s mission of enabling commerce. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes the following financial measures defined as “non-GAAP financial measures” by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC: non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate and free cash flow. 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 or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures, see “Business Outlook,” “Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance,” “Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Operating Margin,” “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income,” “Reconciliation of GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate” and “Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow” included in this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of eBay 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 the second quarter and full year 2012, and the future growth in the Payments, Marketplaces and GSI businesses, mobile commerce and mobile payments. The company's 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 European or general economic downturn or crisis and any conditions that affect ecommerce growth; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company's ability to profitably integrate, manage and grow businesses that have been acquired recently or may be acquired in the future, including GSI; the company's need to increasingly achieve growth from its existing users, particularly in its more established markets; the company's ability to deal with the increasingly competitive ecommerce environment, including competition for its sellers from other trading sites and other means of selling, and competition for its buyers from other merchants, online and offline; 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, credit card association-related and other risks specific to PayPal and Bill Me Later, especially as PayPal continues to expand geographically and introduce new products and as new laws and regulations related to financial services companies come into effect; the company's ability to timely upgrade and develop its systems, infrastructure and customer service capabilities, including GSI's v.11 initiative, at reasonable cost; and the company's ability to maintain site stability and performance on all of its sites while adding new products and features in a timely fashion. 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.

More information about factors that could affect the company's operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to the company on the date hereof. eBay assumes no obligation to update such statements.

 
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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

         
   

March 31,
2012

 

December 31,
2011

    (In millions)
     
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,164     $ 4,691
Short-term investments   1,707     1,238
Accounts receivable, net   633     682
Loans and interest receivable, net   1,517     1,501
Funds receivable and customer accounts   4,340     3,968
Other current assets   728     581
Total current assets   13,089     12,661
Long-term investments   2,861     2,453
Property and equipment, net   2,109     1,986
Goodwill   8,440     8,365
Intangible assets, net   1,316     1,406
Other assets   392     449
Total assets   $ 28,207     $ 27,320
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Short-term debt   $ 564     $ 565
Accounts payable   325     282
Funds payable and amounts due to customers   4,340     3,968
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   1,530     1,511
Deferred revenue   135     110
Income taxes payable   71     298
Total current liabilities   6,965     6,734
Deferred and other tax liabilities, net   946     1,073
Long-term debt   1,521     1,525
Other liabilities   66     58
Total liabilities   9,498     9,390
         
Total stockholders' equity   18,709     17,930
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 28,207     $ 27,320
 
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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income
     
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2012   2011
    (In millions, except per share amounts)
         
Net revenues   $ 3,277     $ 2,546  
Cost of net revenues (1)   983     729  
Gross profit   2,294     1,817  
Operating expenses:        
Sales and marketing (1)   677     533  
Product development (1)   374     275  
General and administrative (1)   372     293  
Provision for transaction and loan losses   134     107  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets   84     44  
Total operating expenses   1,641     1,252  
Income from operations   653     565  
Interest and other, net   31     3  
Income before income taxes   684     568  
Provision for income taxes   (114 )   (92 )
Net income   $ 570     $ 476  
Net income per share:        
Basic   $ 0.44     $ 0.37  
Diluted   $ 0.44     $ 0.36  
Weighted average shares:        
Basic   1,288     1,297  
Diluted   1,308     1,320  
         
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:        
Cost of net revenues   $ 14     $ 14  
Sales and marketing   30     35  
Product development   30     31  
General and administrative   37     39  
    $ 111     $ 119  
     
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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
     
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2012   2011
    (In millions)
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income   $ 570     $ 476  
Adjustments:        
Provision for transaction and loan losses   134     107  
Depreciation and amortization   281     193  
Stock-based compensation   111     119  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition effects   (565 )   (195 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   531     700  
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchases of property and equipment, net   (242 )   (149 )
Changes in principal loans receivable, net   (35 )   (3 )
Purchases of investments   (1,016 )   (485 )
Maturities and sales of investments   408     230  
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (3 )   (191 )
Other   (5 )   1  
Net cash used in investing activities   (893 )   (597 )
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock   85     73  
Repurchases of common stock   (240 )   (357 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation   54     54  
Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of restricted stock units and awards   (118 )   (109 )
Funds receivable and customer accounts   (373 )   (195 )
Funds payable and amounts due to customers   373     195  
Net cash used in financing activities   (219 )   (339 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   54     123  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (527 )   (113 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   4,691     5,577  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 4,164     $ 5,464  
                     
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Unaudited Summary of Consolidated Net Revenues

Net Revenues by Type                    
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
    2012   2011   2011   2011   2011
Net transaction revenues   (In millions, except percentages)
Marketplaces   $ 1,425     $ 1,443     $ 1,354     $ 1,350     $ 1,284  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (1 )%   7 %   %   5 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   11 %   15 %   14 %   14 %   9 %
Percent of Marketplaces revenue from international  

55

%   57 %   56 %   56 %   56 %
                     
Payments   1,216     1,157     1,033     991     943  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   5 %   12 %   4 %   5 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   29 %   25 %   29 %   29 %   23 %
Percent of Payments revenue from international   54 %   55 %   53 %   52 %   50 %
                     
GSI (1)   182     295     148     16     N/A
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (38 )%   99 %   N/A   N/A   N/A
Percent of GSI revenue from international   4 %   3 %   3 %   5 %   N/A
                     
Total net transaction revenues   2,823     2,895     2,535     2,357     2,227  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (2 )%   14 %   8 %   6 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   27 %   32 %   28 %   21 %   15 %
                     
Marketing services and other revenues                    
Marketplaces   303     329     299     314     269  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (8 )%   10 %   (5 )%   17 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   13 %   24 %   32 %   45 %   26 %
Percent of Marketplaces revenue from international   75 %   72 %   74 %   74 %   74 %
                     
Payments   93     83     75     82     50  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   12 %   11 %   (9 )%   65 %   11 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   86 %   84 %   86 %   77 %   17 %
Percent of Payments revenue from international   15 %   17 %   9 %   6 %   9 %
                     
GSI (1)   55     68     54     7     N/A
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (19 )%   26 %   N/A   N/A   N/A
Percent of GSI revenue from international   1 %   %   %   %   N/A
                     
Corporate and other   6     5     3     N/A   N/A
                     
Total marketing services and other revenues   457     485     431     403     319  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (6 )%   13 %   7 %   27 %   3 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   43 %   56 %   62 %   54 %   24 %
                     

Elimination of inter-segment net revenue and other (2)

 

(3

)   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
Total net revenues   $ 3,277     $ 3,380     $ 2,966     $ 2,760     $ 2,546  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (3 )%   14 %   7 %   8 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   29 %   35 %   32 %   25 %   16 %
(1) Net revenue attributable to the GSI segment for the three months ended June 30, 2011 reflects net revenues for the period from June 17, 2011 (the date that the acquisition was completed) to June 30, 2011.

(2)

Represents revenue generated between our reportable segments.
     

Net Revenues by Geography (1)

  Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
    2012   2011   2011   2011   2011
    (In millions, except percentages)
U.S. net revenues   $

1,581

    $ 1,665     $ 1,428     $ 1,249     $ 1,141  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (5 )%   17 %   14 %   9 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter  

39

%   49 %   35 %   21 %   14 %
Percent of total   48 %   49 %   48 %   45 %   45 %
                     
International net revenues  

1,696

    1,715     1,538     1,511     1,405  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (1 )%   12 %   2 %   8 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   21 %   25 %   29 %   28 %   18 %
Percent of total   52 %   51 %   52 %   55 %   55 %
                     
Total net revenues   $ 3,277     $ 3,380     $ 2,966     $ 2,760     $ 2,546  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (3 )%   14 %   7 %   8 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   29 %   35 %   32 %   25 %   16 %

(1)

Revenues are attributed to U.S. and international geographies primarily based upon the country in which the seller, payment recipient, customer, website that displays advertising, or other service provider, as the case may be, is located.
 
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Unaudited Payments Supplemental Operating Data

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
    2012   2011   2011   2011   2011
    (In millions, except percentages)
Active registered accounts (1)   109.8     106.3     103.0     100.3     97.7  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   3 %   3 %   3 %   3 %   3 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   12 %   13 %   14 %   15 %   16 %
                     
Net number of payments (2)   555.7     548.1     459.2     432.0     424.6  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   1 %   19 %   6 %   2 %   1 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   31 %   30 %   29 %   29 %   26 %
                     
Net total payment volume (3)   $ 33,857     $ 33,372     $ 29,282     $ 28,742     $ 27,362  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   1 %   14 %   2 %   5 %   2 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   24 %   24 %   31 %   34 %   28 %
Merchant Services net total payment volume as % of net total payment volume   66 %   66 %   66 %   66 %   64 %
                     
Transaction rates                    
Take rate   3.87 %   3.71 %   3.78 %   3.73 %   3.63 %
Transaction expense   1.07 %   1.04 %   1.14 %   1.11 %   1.11 %
Loss rate   0.26 %   0.27 %   0.31 %   0.25 %   0.21 %
Transaction margin (4)   65.6 %   64.8 %   61.5 %   63.6 %   63.7 %
                     
Loan portfolio rates                    
Risk adjusted margin (5)   16.8 %   16.9 %   18.0 %   16.5 %   14.7 %
Net charge-off rate (6)   4.5 %   4.4 %   4.3 %   4.4 %   4.9 %
90-day delinquency rate (7)   2.4 %   2.4 %   2.6 %   2.2 %   2.2 %
(1) All registered accounts that successfully sent or received at least one payment or payment reversal through the PayPal system or Bill Me Later accounts that are currently able to transact and that received a statement within the last 12 months.
(2) Number of payments, net of payment reversals, successfully completed through our Payments networks and Zong, excluding PayPal's payments gateway business, and on Bill Me Later accounts during the quarter.
(3) Total dollar volume of payments, net of payment reversals, successfully completed through our Payments networks and Zong, excluding PayPal's payment gateway business, and on Bill Me Later accounts during the period.
(4) Transaction Margin calculation has been adjusted to include total revenues (including revenue from credit) less transaction expense (including credit cost of funds) less transaction loss (including credit loan losses), divided by global take rate (based on global total revenues divided by total TPV).
(5) The risk adjusted margin represents the annualized ratio of Bill Me Later revenue, excluding contra-revenue incentives to customers or merchants, less cost of funds, and less net credit and fraud losses relative to average loans receivable for the quarter.
(6) Net charge-off rate represents the annualized ratio of Bill Me Later net credit losses relative to average loans receivable for the quarter.
(7) 90-day delinquency rate is the ratio of Bill Me Later end of period account balances that have missed three or more consecutive payments relative to total ending loan receivables.
     
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Unaudited eBay Marketplaces Supplemental Operating Data

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
    2012   2011   2011   2011   2011
    (In millions, except percentages)
Active Users (1)   102.4     100.4     98.7     97.2     95.9  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   2 %   2 %   2 %   1 %   1 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   7 %   6 %   6 %   6 %   5 %
                     
Gross Merchandise Volume (excluding vehicles) (2)   $ 16,206     $ 16,490     $ 14,666     $ 14,680     $ 14,496  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   (2 )%   12 %   %   1 %   (4 )%
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   12 %   10 %   16 %   17 %   8 %
                     
Vehicles Gross Merchandise Volume (3)   $ 1,871     $ 1,864     $ 2,149     $ 2,238     $ 2,050  
Current quarter vs prior quarter   %   (13 )%   (4 )%   9 %   7 %
Current quarter vs prior year quarter   (9 )%   (3 )%   %   2 %   1 %
                     
Fixed Price Trading (4) as % of total gross merchandise volume   64 %   64 %   63 %   62 %   61 %

eBay's classifieds websites and Shopping.com are not included in these metrics.

(1) All users, excluding users of Half.com, StubHub, and our Korean subsidiaries (Gmarket and eBay Auction Co.), who bid on, bought, listed or sold an item within the previous 12-month period. Users may register more than once, and as a result, may have more than one account.
(2) Total value of all successfully closed items between users on eBay Marketplaces trading platforms during the quarter, regardless of whether the buyer and seller actually consummated the transaction, excluding vehicles gross merchandise volume.
(3) Total value of all successfully closed vehicle transactions between users on eBay Marketplaces trading platforms during the quarter, regardless of whether the buyer and seller actually consummated the transaction.
(4) Primarily, total gross merchandise volume related to eBay's “Buy It Now” feature on eBay Marketplaces trading platforms relative to total gross merchandise volume during the quarter.
 
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Unaudited GSI Supplemental Operating Data
     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
    2012   2011   2011   2011 (1)   2011
    (In millions, except percentages)
GeC Merchandise Sales (2)   $ 715     $ 1,362     $ 601     $ 76     N/A
(1) Reflects the period from June 17, 2011 (the date that the acquisition was completed) to June 30, 2011.
(2)

Represents the retail value of all sales transactions, inclusive of freight charges and net of allowance for returns and discounts, which flow through the GSI ecommerce services platform, whether we record the full amount of such transaction as a product sale or a percentage of such transaction as a service fee. As of March 31, 2012, the number for the three months ended September 30, 2011 has been adjusted.

   

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Business Outlook
(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)

The guidance figures provided below and elsewhere in this press release are forward-looking statements, reflect a number of estimates, assumptions and other uncertainties, and are approximate in nature because eBay's future performance is difficult to predict. Such guidance is based on information available on the date of this press release, and eBay assumes no obligation to update it.

eBay's future performance involves risks and uncertainties, and the company's actual results could differ materially from the information below and elsewhere in this press release. Some of the factors that could affect the company's operating results are set forth under the caption “Forward-Looking Statements” above in this press release. More information about factors that could affect eBay's operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

     
    Three Months Ended
    June 30, 2012
(In millions, except per share amounts)   GAAP   Non-GAAP (a)
Net Revenue  

$3,250 - $3,350

 

$3,250 - $3,350

Diluted EPS  

$0.49 - $0.51

 

$0.53 - $0.55

         
         
    Twelve Months Ended
    December 31, 2012
(In millions, except per share amounts)   GAAP   Non-GAAP (b)
Net Revenue  

$13,800 - $14,100

 

$13,800 - $14,100

Diluted EPS  

$1.91 - $1.96

 

$2.30 - $2.35

         
(a)

Estimated non-GAAP amounts above for the three months ending June 30, 2012, reflect adjustments that exclude the estimated amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $100-$110 million, estimated stock-based compensation expense and employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation expense of approximately $125-$145 million, the gain on a divestiture of approximately $115-$125 million, and the accretion of a note receivable of approximately $7 million as well as the related tax impact.

   
(b)

Estimated non-GAAP amounts above for the 12 months ending December 31, 2012, reflect adjustments that exclude the estimated amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $400-$420 million, estimated stock-based compensation expense and employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation expense of approximately $520-$550 million, the gain on a divestiture of approximately $115-$125 million, and the accretion of a note receivable of approximately $25-$30 million as well as the related tax impact.

   

eBay Inc.
Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance

To supplement the company's condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, eBay uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate, and free cash flow.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with eBay's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. These measures should only be used to evaluate eBay's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found in the tables included in this press release.

These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the company's current financial performance and the company's prospects for the future. Specifically, the company believes the non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses or net purchases of property and equipment, as the case may be, that may not be indicative of its core operating results and business outlook. In addition, because eBay has historically reported certain non-GAAP results to investors, the company believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP measures provides consistency in the company's financial reporting.

For its internal budgeting process, and as discussed further below, eBay's management uses financial measures that do not include stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation, amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets, impairment of goodwill, significant gains or losses from the disposal/acquisition of a business, restructuring-related charges and the income taxes associated with the foregoing. In addition to the corresponding GAAP measures, eBay's management also uses the foregoing non-GAAP measures in reviewing the financial results of eBay.

eBay excludes the following items from non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP effective tax rate:

Stock-based compensation expense. This expense consists of expenses for stock options, restricted stock and employee stock purchases. eBay excludes stock-based compensation expenses from its non-GAAP measures primarily because they are non-cash expenses that management does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results. eBay also excludes its proportionate share of Skype's stock-based compensation expense.

 

Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation. This amount is dependent on eBay's stock price and the timing and size of exercises by employees of their stock options and the vesting of their restricted stock, over which management has limited to no control, and as such management does not believe it correlates to eBay's operation of the business.

 

Amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets, impairment of goodwill and significant gains or losses and transaction expenses from the acquisition or disposal of a business. eBay incurs amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill in connection with acquisitions and may incur significant gains or losses from the acquisition or disposal of a business and therefore excludes these amounts from its non-GAAP measures. eBay also excludes its proportionate share of Skype's amortization of acquired intangibles expense. eBay also settled a legal exposure in conjunction with the acquisition of a business and excludes this settlement payment. In addition, eBay's results are also impacted by hedge transactions related to unique movements of cash from significant business acquisitions or dispositions. eBay excludes the impact of the accretion of a note receivable associated with the disposal of certain businesses. eBay excludes these items because management does not believe they correlate to the ongoing operating results of eBay's business.

 

Restructuring. These charges consist of expenses for employee severance and other exit and disposal costs. eBay excludes restructuring charges primarily because management does not believe they are reflective of ongoing operating results.

 

Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP entries. This amount is used to present stock-based compensation and the other amounts described above on an after-tax basis consistent with the presentation of non-GAAP net income.

In addition to the non-GAAP measures discussed above, eBay also uses free cash flow. Free cash flow represents operating cash flows less net purchases of property and equipment. eBay considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchases of property, buildings, and equipment, which can then be used to, among other things, invest in eBay's business, make strategic acquisitions, and repurchase stock. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company's cash balance for the period.

     
eBay Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Operating Margin
     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2012   2011
    (In millions, except percentages)
GAAP operating income   $ 653     $ 565  
Stock-based compensation expense   111     119  
Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation   14     13  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets within cost of net revenues   21     8  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets within operating expenses   84     44  
Non-GAAP operating income   $ 883     $ 749  
                 
Non-GAAP operating margin   26.9 %   29.4 %
     

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2012   2011
    (In millions, except per share amounts)
GAAP net income   $ 570     $ 476  
Stock-based compensation expense   111     119  
Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation   14     13  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets within cost of net revenues   21     8  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets within operating expenses   84     44  
Amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation for Skype       9  
Accretion of note receivable   (9 )    
Loss on divested business   3      
Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP entries   (69 )   (50 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 725     $ 619  
         
Diluted net income per share:        
GAAP   $ 0.44     $ 0.36  
Non-GAAP   $ 0.55     $ 0.47  
Shares used in GAAP and non-GAAP diluted net income per-share calculation   1,308     1,320  
     

Reconciliation of GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2012   2011
    (In millions, except percentages)
GAAP provision for income taxes (a)   $ 114     $ 92  
Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP entries   69     50  
Non-GAAP provision for income taxes (b)   $ 183     $ 142  
         
GAAP income before income taxes (c)   $ 684     $ 568  
Stock-based compensation expense   111     119  
Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation   14     13  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets within cost of net revenues   21     8  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets within operating expenses   84     44  
Amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation for Skype       9  
Accretion of note receivable   (9 )    
Loss on divested business   3      
Non-GAAP income before income taxes (d)   $ 908     $ 761  
         
GAAP effective tax rate (a/c)   17 %   16 %
         
Non-GAAP effective tax rate (b/d)   20 %   19 %
     

Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2012   2011
    (In millions)
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 531     $ 700  
Less: Purchases of property and equipment, net   (242 )   (149 )
Free cash flow   $ 289     $ 551