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PayPal Reports 1st Qtr 2017 Results & Raises Financial Guidance
Q1 GAAP EPS increased 6% to $0.32, non-GAAP EPS increased 19% to $0.44
$5 billion stock repurchase authorization announced
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global technology platform and digital payments leader PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PYPL) today announced first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2017.
Financial highlights for the first quarter include:
  • Revenue growth of 17% to $2.975 billion, or 19% on a foreign currency neutral (FX-neutral) basis
  • GAAP operating margin down 150 basis points to 14.5% and non-GAAP operating margin expanded 50 basis points to 21.6%
  • GAAP earnings per diluted share (EPS) growth of 6% to $0.32, non-GAAP EPS growth of 19% to $0.44
  • Operating cash flow of $751 million, free cash flow of $603 million
  • $517 million returned to stockholders through stock repurchases
Operating highlights for the first quarter include:
  • 6.0 million active customer accounts added, ended the quarter with 203 million active customer accounts, including 16 million merchant accounts
  • 1.7 billion payment transactions, up 23%
  • 32 payment transactions per active account on a trailing twelve months basis, up 12%
  • $99 billion in total payment volume (TPV), up 23%, or 25% on an FX-neutral basis
“With another quarter of strong financial results, we continue to deliver on our vision to democratize financial services for our consumers and drive the global transition from cash to digital payments,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “We are deepening our merchant offerings and relationships, and expanding our network of strategic partnerships to make PayPal more available in new contexts and new markets.”
Returning Value to Stockholders with Stock Repurchase
PayPal announced today that its board of directors has authorized a new stock repurchase program, under which the company may repurchase up to $5 billion in outstanding common stock. This program will become effective after completion of the company's January 2016 stock repurchase program. As of March 31, 2017, approximately $488 million remained available for stock repurchases under this prior authorization.
Strategic Partnerships
PayPal recently announced an expansion of its relationship with Google. PayPal will be available in the Android Pay wallet in the United States and accepted as a way to pay at the millions of retailers that accept Android Pay at the point of sale.
In addition, PayPal announced a partnership agreement with Wells Fargo, adding another issuer to the companies working with PayPal and expanding its services at the point of sale. PayPal also extended its partnership with Visa into the Asia-Pacific region.
Expanding Value Proposition through Product Innovation
PayPal’s mobile-first approach to product development is driving increasing engagement across the platform. In the quarter, 32% of payment volume came through a mobile device and mobile payment volume increased 51% over the same period last year to approximately $32 billion. In addition, Venmo, the company's social payments platform, processed $6.8 billion of TPV, more than doubling its volume versus the first quarter of 2016.
PayPal finished the quarter with more than 53 million consumer accounts opted in to One Touch. In addition, more than five million merchant customers and 75% of the Internet Retailer 100 now offer One Touch on their mobile and desktop shopping experiences.
In the first quarter, PayPal announced its agreement to acquire TIO Networks Corp. ("TIO") for approximately $233 million. TIO is a leading multi-channel bill payment processor in North America and processed more than $7 billion in bill payments in its fiscal 2016. The company’s digital platform, and physical network of agent locations make paying bills simpler, faster, and more affordable. By integrating bill payment, PayPal will add another key service to its global payments platform and become a greater part of its consumers’ everyday financial lives. On April 10, 2017 shareholders of TIO approved the acquisition, which is expected to close in the second half of 2017, subject to certain closing conditions.
2017 Financial Guidance
Full Year 2017 Revenue and Earnings Raised
  • PayPal expects revenue to grow 15 - 17% at current spot rates and 17 - 19% on an FX-neutral basis, to a range of $12.520 - $12.720 billion.
  • PayPal expects GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.28 - $1.33 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.74 - $1.79.
  • Estimated non-GAAP amounts above for the twelve months ending December 31, 2017, reflect adjustments of approximately $800 - $840 million, primarily representing estimated stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll taxes in the range of $660 - $690 million.
Second Quarter 2017
  • PayPal expects revenue to grow 15% - 17% at current spot rates and 17% - 19% on an FX-neutral basis, to a range of $3.050 - $3.100 billion.
  • PayPal expects GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.30 - $0.32 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.41 - $0.43.
  • Estimated non-GAAP amounts above for the three months ending June 30, 2017, reflect adjustments of approximately $205 - $220 million, primarily representing estimated stock-based compensation expense and related employer payroll taxes in the range of $180 - $190 million.
Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance" for important additional information.
Quarterly Conference Call and Webcast
PayPal Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2017 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.
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About PayPal
Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 203 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit For PayPal 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 local currency results by the prior period exchange rate. FX-neutral growth rates are calculated by comparing the current period FX-neutral results by the prior period results, excluding the impact from hedging activities. 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. 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). In addition, the company has included certain pro forma adjustments in its presentation of certain historical revenue measures. The company believes that this presentation provides investors a consistent basis for assessing the company’s performance and helps to facilitate comparisons across different periods. These pro forma 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. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP pro forma comparisons 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 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 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” and “Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow.”
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future results of operations, financial condition, expectations and plans of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries that reflect PayPal’s current projections and forecasts. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding projected financial results for second quarter and the full year 2017, the planned acquisition of TIO and projected future growth of PayPal’s businesses. Forward-looking statements are based upon various estimates and assumptions, as well as information known to PayPal as of the date of this press release, and are inherently subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied by forward-looking statements. 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 payments or e-commerce growth; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the competitive, regulatory, payment card association-related and other risks specific to the PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom and Paydiant 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 impact of PayPal's customer choice initiatives, including on its funding mix and transaction expense; PayPal’s ability to successfully react to the increasing importance of mobile payments and mobile commerce; PayPal’s ability to deal with the increasingly competitive environment for its businesses, including competition for consumers and merchants; the outcome of legal and regulatory proceedings and PayPal's need and ability to manage other regulatory, tax and litigation risks as its products and services are offered in more jurisdictions and applicable laws become more restrictive; changes to PayPal's capital allocation or management of operating cash; uncertainty surrounding the implementation and impact of the United Kingdom's formal notification of its intent to withdraw from the European Union; PayPal'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; any changes PayPal may make to its product offerings; PayPal's ability to timely upgrade and develop its technology systems, infrastructure and customer service capabilities at reasonable cost; PayPal's ability to maintain the stability, security and performance of its Payment Platform while adding new products and features in a timely fashion; risks that planned acquisitions will not be completed on contemplated terms, or at all, and that any businesses PayPal may acquire will not perform in accordance with its expectations, including the possibility that the acquisition of TIO may not close or, if it does, that PayPal will not realize the expected benefits of the acquisition; and PayPal's ability to profitably integrate, manage and grow businesses that have been acquired or may be acquired in the future, including TIO. 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 adversely affect PayPal's results of operations, financial condition and prospects or that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in PayPal’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting PayPal's Investor Relations website at or the SEC's website at All information in this release is as of April 26, 2017. For the reasons discussed above, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release. PayPal assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements.
Full release available on PayPal's Investor Relations page.


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