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posted on 05 November 2017

PayPal Is Pulling Away From Its Former Parent

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-- this post authored by Felix Richter with note added by Econintersect

Following a slightly disappointing earnings report on Wednesday, eBay's shares were down more than 4 percent in pre-market trading on Thursday.

The company met Wall Street’s expectations in terms of revenue and earnings per share, but missed in terms of active user growth and the earnings forecast for the fourth quarter. Facing stiff competition from Amazon, eBay is viewed skeptically by many investors after the split from its former growth motor PayPal in 2015. The company, now focused on its core marketplace business, is still doing okay, but it seems like a mature business with limited room for future growth.

Prior to the company’s announcement of the split in September 2014, many people shared the impression that eBay was actually holding PayPal back, which ultimately resulted in the amicable divorce. At the time, PayPal was already growing faster than eBay’s core marketplace business and many people thought that it could do even better if its potential partners (i.e. third-party online retailers) would no longer have the feeling of feeding an enemy (eBay) when working with PayPal.

That turned out to be right. After the split, PayPal’s business continued to flourish while eBay struggled to keep pace with its former subsidiary. As of today, PayPal’s market capitalization ($80.25b) has grown to nearly twice that of eBay ($39.21b) and we can expect that trend to continue going forward.

Infographic: PayPal Is Pulling Away From Its Former Parent | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista.

Note added by Econintersect:

The growth of revenue for PayPal (68%) has far outpaced that for eBay (12%) since the splot was announced 3Q 2014. (The labels for the two stocks' revenues 3Q 2014 have been reversed in the graphic above: The correct amount for Ebay is $2.15b and for PayPal $1.87b.) The revenue growth has been reflected in the share price since PayPal started trading on its own 05 July 2015, as shown in the chart below from

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