PayPal Shares Soar After The Company Beat Second Quarter Estimates

Shares of financial services company PayPal were up as much as 13 percent in Tuesday’s extended trading after the company reported earnings reports that were better than what analysts had forecast for the second quarter. The company also announced during its earnings presentation that it had entered into an information-sharing agreement on value creation with Elliot Management. This also contributed to its shares soaring.

“As one of PayPal’s largest investors, with an approximately $2 billion investment, Elliott strongly believes in the value proposition at PayPal. PayPal has an unmatched and industry-leading footprint across its payments businesses and a right to win over the near and long term,” Elliott Management’s managing partner Jesse Cohn said during the presentation.

For the second quarter, the company reported adjusted earnings of 93 cents per share compared to the 86 cents per share that analysts had expected, according to Refinitiv. Revenue for the quarter was reported at $6.81 billion, beating analysts’ forecast of $6.79 billion, according to Refinitiv.

While revenue was up 9 percent year-over-year, the company reported a net loss of $341 million in the second quarter. The company reported a profit of $1.18 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

PayPal reported 429 million active accounts at the end of the quarter. This is up 6 percent year-over-year but fell below analyst estimate of 432.8 million, according to StreetAccount.

The company emphasized the gains it made in relation to capital efficiency, and expects costs to reduce by $900 million this year. It said that benefits from the reduction in costs could see it save $1.3 billion next year. “We have plenty of heads. We can be more productive,” CEO Dan Schulman told analysts on a conference call.

The company also announced a new share buyback program of $15 billion. This comes four years after the company announced a $10 billion share buyback program.

The company also plans to focus on cards in stores rather than exclusively on QR codes and will be pulling back in areas such as stock trading. Elliot Management took a $2 billion holding in the company this month and PayPal said it has a “commitment to work with Elliott Investment Management L.P. on a comprehensive evaluation of capital return alternatives.”

“Our discussions are focused on operational improvements, revenue-generating investments, and capital allocation, and they are consistent with our short and long-term objectives and plans,” PayPal’s CEO added.

Mark Britto, the company’s Chief Product Officer will be retiring later this year, the company announced. PayPal added about 400,000 net new active accounts, thanks to Venmo. The company, however, reported 2.4 million net new active accounts in the first quarter. PayPal expects to add 10 million net new active accounts for the full year. “However, as with all of our forecasts, NNA growth could be affected by broader economic factors, given the channels that drive organic customer acquisition, may be negatively impacted by falling consumer sentiment and reduced demand for discretionary goods,” CEO Dan Schulman said.

The company’s shares have declined more than 52 percent this year. The company expects between $3.87 and $3.97 in adjusted earnings per share, up from the range of $3.81 to $3.93 that the company posted in April. Analysts expect $3.82 per share, according to Refinitiv.

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