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EBay Inc. Reports Strong Third Quarter 2012 Results

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eBay Inc., a global commerce platform and payments company (Nasdaq: EBAY), today reported that revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 increased 15% to $3.4 billion, compared to the same period of 2011. The company reported third quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $597 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $718 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. GAAP and non-GAAP net income were up 22% and 14%, respectively, year over year due primarily to strong top-line growth. Segment margin in each of our three business segments expanded on a year-over-year basis.

"We had a great third quarter across our company, with Marketplaces and PayPal accelerating customer growth," said John Donahoe, eBay Inc. President and CEO. "Mobile continues to be a game changer for us, and we continue to be a clear leader in mobile commerce and payments. With our strong portfolio and global reach, we are consistently demonstrating our capabilities to help consumers shop anytime, anywhere. And we are enabling retailers of all sizes to compete in a rapidly evolving, multichannel commerce environment."

PayPal delivered a strong third quarter performance. It ended the quarter with 117.4 million active registered accounts, a 14% increase over the third quarter of 2011. Revenue increased 23% year over year and net total payment volume (TPV) grew 20% year over year to $35.2 billion. PayPal continues to innovate on a global scale while expanding its addressable market to offline. PayPal's offline initiative is following a three-pronged approach: soliciting direct merchant relationships; partnering with Discover to access its 7 million retail locations in the United States; and using a direct and indirect approach to distribute its small business payment solution, PayPal Here, both domestically and internationally.

Marketplaces delivered another strong quarter with accelerating user growth. Gross merchandise volume (GMV), excluding vehicles, increased 11% year over year to $16 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Marketplaces revenue increased 9% year over year, driven by strong growth in the United States and Asia Pacific. Active user growth continued to accelerate during the quarter, reaching 10% year over year, the fastest growth since 2007, with 800,000 new users coming from mobile. This helped boost sold items growth, which was up 19% year over year in the third quarter of 2012. U.S. GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 16% year over year, while International GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 8% year over year, in both cases driven by investment in the customer experience, growth of mobile as a channel and continued strong performance in key verticals. Downloads of eBay's suite of mobile apps have now surpassed 100 million globally, becoming an increasing point of differentiation and engagement.

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