PayPal lauds strong Q1

Source: PayPal

Global technology platform and payments leader PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

For the quarter, PayPal gained market share, expanded its customer base, deepened engagement with merchants and consumers and delivered on its financial commitments.

Financial highlights for the first quarter include:

Revenue growth of 19% to $2.544 billion, or 23% on a foreign currency neutral (FX-neutral) non-GAAP pro forma basis
GAAP operating margin of 16%, up 90 basis points, non-GAAP operating margin of 21%, down 70 basis points on a pro forma basis
GAAP earnings per diluted share (EPS) growth of 43% to $0.30, non-GAAP EPS growth of 28% on a pro forma basis to $0.37
Operating cash flow of $738 million, free cash flow of $605 million
Repurchased 17 million shares of common stock at an average price of $35

Operating highlights for the first quarter include:

4.5 million active customer accounts added, ending the quarter with 184 million
1.4 billion transactions processed, up 26%
28 payment transactions per active account on a trailing twelve month basis, up 12%
$81 billion in total payment volume (TPV), up 31% on an FX-neutral basis

"Our first quarter results continue to demonstrate the power of our global payments platform to attract and engage consumers, increasing our global scale and in turn attracting new merchants and partners to PayPal,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “Our focus on payments and ability to innovate for merchants and consumers continues to differentiate PayPal and drive our growth in a dynamic and competitive environment.”

Gaining Market Share and New Merchant Customers

In the first quarter, PayPal gained market share and extended its leadership position. PayPal processed $81 billion in TPV, representing FX-neutral growth of 31%, which was faster than the growth rate of e-commerce. Merchant services TPV growth accelerated to 39% on an FX-neutral basis, and represented 82% of overall TPV for the quarter. PayPal processed $21 billion in mobile payment volume, up 54%, representing 26% of TPV for the quarter. Venmo, the company’s social payments platform, processed $3.2 billion of TPV, up 154% year-over-year.

PayPal added powerful new merchants to the platform, ending the quarter with more than 14 million active merchant accounts. The list of leading brands choosing PayPal now includes Air France, Crate and Barrel, Fresh Direct, Panera Bread, Sephora, and Woolworths in Australia. PayPal extended its partnership with Alibaba Wholesaler during the quarter to include new countries and additional merchants.

Expanding PayPal’s Customer Base and Deepening Engagement

As PayPal continues to grow larger and more relevant in customers' daily lives, the company demonstrated another strong quarter of customer acquisition, adding new consumers and merchants to the platform. The company grew its active account base by 4.5 million in the first quarter, ending the quarter with 184 million active customer accounts.

Consumers and merchants are engaged at higher levels than ever before. In the first quarter, the company processed 1.4 billion payment transactions, which translates to 28 payment transactions per active account, an increase from 25 transactions per active account in the same period last year.

Launching Innovative Products

PayPal continues to roll out the Pay with Venmo pilot. Early customer feedback has validated the demand for Venmo as a way to pay in apps that millennials use, and PayPal plans to make the product more available to merchants and consumers later this year.

PayPal expanded its One Touch product to an additional 121 markets, making it available in 144 markets. One Touch is one of the most rapidly adopted products launched by PayPal, with approximately 21 million consumers having opted-in globally and over 1 million merchants having enabled One Touch.

The company launched PayPal Commerce, a set of contextual commerce tools, which are currently in beta, that allows merchants to securely sell across email, social shares, blogs, articles, ads, in-page, in-app and anywhere consumers are online or on their mobile devices.

PayPal launched its new mobile app simultaneously in 145 markets with a simpler and more personal experience for consumers. The company celebrated the tenth anniversary of PayPal revolutionizing and transforming mobile payments. Over the past decade, PayPal processed $175 billion in mobile TPV, demonstrating the company’s role as a driving force in making money more available and accessible via mobile devices.

Extending Our Global Reach

PayPal continued integrating Xoom into its payments platform, accelerating growth in the global remittances market. Xoom has expanded its services to 11 more countries, with two additional countries coming soon. The 13 new countries will include markets like Haiti, Nigeria and Slovakia. Xoom also announced an integration with M-Pesa in Kenya. Xoom is a leader in mobile remittances with more than two-thirds of transactions happening on mobile devices.

PayPal announced a partnership during the quarter with one of Europe’s largest mobile carriers, Vodafone, that will allow millions of PayPal’s European customers to fund payments on Android smartphones at Visa contactless terminals using the Vodafone Wallet. The experience is now live in its first market, Spain.

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