Global technology platform and payments leader PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PYPL) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015, demonstrating PayPal's strong start as an independent, public company.
For the quarter, PayPal gained market share, expanded its customer base, deepened engagement with merchants and consumers and delivered on its financial commitments.
The company reported record revenue for the period of $2.3 billion, an increase of 15% on a non-GAAP pro forma basis and 19% on a foreign currency (FX) neutral basis. GAAP net income for the quarter was $301 million or $0.25 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income was $377 million or $0.31 per diluted share, driven primarily by growing relevancy with its customer base.
"PayPal is entirely focused on digital payments and transforming money for people around the world. This clear focus and our strong value proposition allowed us to deliver strong financial results in the third quarter," said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. "We are operating in a time when change is sweeping through the financial services industry driven by the rise of mobile technology and the acceleration of money becoming digital. These two massive trends play directly to our strengths and we are leveraging this transformation to extend and accelerate our lead."
Gaining Market Share
In the third quarter, PayPal gained market share and extended its lead with total payment volume (TPV) growing substantially faster than the rate of global e-commerce. Total PayPal TPV grew 27% on an FX neutral basis to $70 billion and merchant services TPV advanced 34% on an FX neutral basis and represented 80% of TPV for the quarter. The company also continued to accelerate its lead in mobile payments, processing 345 million transactions, an increase of 38%.
Expanding PayPal's Customer Base
In the quarter, consumers across the world, and merchants, large and small signed up for PayPal in record numbers. The company grew its customer base to 173 million active customers and continued to add new partners to acquire customers like Macy's, Shell in the UK and Latin America's largest mobile wireless provider America Movil. PayPal's large global customer base and strong two sided platform are tremendous assets and difficult to replicate.
Deepening PayPal's Engagement with Customers
PayPal's aim is not only to grow its customer base, but to create deeper, more relevant relationships with each of its customers. In the third quarter, the company processed 1.22 billion payment transactions, which translates to 27 payment transactions per active customer account. This is an increase from 24 payment transactions per active customer account in the same period last year. $2.1 billion of volume was processed through the Venmo product, growing over 200%, making it one of the fastest growing apps in the world by dollar volume.
"These metrics demonstrate the trust that our customers place in PayPal, and they are increasingly finding more utility and value in their PayPal accounts," said Schulman.
Credit is an important way PayPal deepens its relationships with its customers, both merchants and consumers. The company is committed to creating transparent and compelling credit products that help its customers have better control over their money. The PayPal Working Capital product achieved a milestone, having facilitated more than $1 billion in credit to small and mid-sized merchants since inception. Repeat usage for this product and high customer satisfaction rates demonstrate that by designing offerings to serve its customers' needs coupled with global ubiquity, PayPal can create a virtuous cycle and sustainable platform.
Other Selected Financial and Operational Results
Operating Margin - GAAP operating margin for the third quarter of 2015 increased to 14.6%, compared to 13.8% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 19.9%, compared to non-GAAP pro forma operating margin of 17.9% for the same period last year. Assuming the operating agreement and other commercial agreements with eBay Inc. entered into in connection with the spin-off had been in effect during the third quarter of 2014, non-GAAP operating margin increased 200 basis points during the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
Other Value Added Services (OVAS) - OVAS revenue increased 25% to $0.3 billion. OVAS benefited from the amendment and extension of the Company's agreement with Synchrony Financial and the growth of interest income and fees from its PayPal Credit products.
Taxes - The GAAP effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2015 was 14.0%, compared to 15.2% for the third quarter of 2014. The non-GAAP effective tax rate was 17.7% compared to the non-GAAP pro forma effective tax rate of 18.6% for the third quarter of 2014.
Cash flow - PayPal generated $652 million of operating cash flow and $519 million of free cash flow during the third quarter of 2015.
Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments - PayPal's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments totaled $6.7 billion at September 30, 2015.
Expected 2015 Financial Results for PayPal Holdings, Inc.
Full year 2015 - PayPal expects net revenues to grow 15% - 18% on an FX neutral GAAP basis and 15% - 18% on an FX neutral non-GAAP pro forma basis. PayPal expects GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.94 - $0.98 and non-GAAP pro-forma earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.23 - $1.27.