eBay revenue up on strong Marketplaces performance

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Revenue at eBay soared 23% to $3.4 billion during the company's second quarter, thanks to strong performances in its Marketplaces and PayPal businesses.

The company reported second quarter net income on a non-GAAP basis of $730 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, up 16% year over year primarily due to strong top-line growth partially offset by increased investment in the shopping experience and the impact of acquisitions. GAAP net income of $692 million, or 53 cents per diluted share, reflected a gain on the divestiture of a business in 2012 and increased significantly year-over-year due to a loss from the divestiture of certain GSI businesses and GSI transaction-related expenses in the second quarter of 2011.

"We delivered a great second quarter, driven by eBay Marketplaces' best performance in years, strong growth at PayPal and strong same-store-sales growth for GSI's large retail customers," said John Donahoe, eBay Inc. president and CEO. "Our entire company is strong, but we're particularly pleased with eBay Marketplaces, which delivered its strongest organic growth in gross merchandise volume, excluding vehicles, since 2006. And mobile continues to be a game changer. We now expect eBay and PayPal mobile to each transact $10 billion in volume in 2012 -- that's more than double 2011, a staggering surge in mobile shopping and payments on devices that did not exist just a few years ago. Retail is at an inflection point, and we are helping to reshape how people around the world shop and pay."

The company's PayPal unit saw revenue increased 26% year over year, driven primarily by increased penetration on eBay as well as continued merchant and consumer adoption and strong growth in Bill Me Later. PayPal's net total payment volume (TPV) grew 20% year over year to $34.5 billion.

Marketplaces GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 10% year over year to $16 billion in the second quarter of 2012. Marketplaces revenue increased 9% year over year, driven by strong growth across all regions. Sold items increased 20% compared with the second quarter of 2011, a 2.5 percentage point acceleration, reflecting a better customer experience and improved selection. U.S. GMV, excluding vehicles, in the second quarter increased 14% year over year, driven by growth in active users, mobile engagement and strong performance in key verticals, including fashion, tickets and parts and accessories. International GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 8% year over year to $10 billion, driven by strong growth in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Fixed price GMV, which represented 65% of total GMV in the second quarter, grew 13% globally year over year.

The company's GSI business, which was acquired in the second quarter of 2011, contributed $221 million in revenue for the second quarter. GSI generated $674 million in global ecommerce (GeC) merchandise sales during the second quarter. Same store sales grew 21% year over year, reflecting strong e-commerce sales from retail clients.

Based on the pricing of the debt offering announced Friday, the company expects that the $3 billion public debt offering will increase its interest expense by approximately $32 million in 2012, including the amortization of debt discount and offering expenses. For the third quarter of 2012, eBay now expects net revenues in the range of $3.3  to $3.4 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of 41 to 43 cents and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of 52 to 54 cents.

For the full year 2012, eBay expects net revenues in the range of $13.8 to $14 billion with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.89 to $1.94 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.28 to $2.33.

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