eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) today announced a planned fourth quarter pretax restructuring charge of approximately $15 million related to staff reductions at the company's PayPal business unit. PayPal today informed approximately 325 employees, primarily in its product and technology organizations, of job eliminations. PayPal also is ending contracts with approximately 120 contractors globally. The reduction results from a redesign of PayPal's product organization, consolidating nine product groups into a single, more agile organization. The intent is to simplify and speed up how products are developed. PayPal expects to continue its strong global growth momentum and leadership through online merchant expansion and share of checkout, by driving payments innovation at point-of-sale retail for large, medium and small businesses, and by engaging consumers online and offline with payments products and experiences that offer choice, flexibility, simplicity and security. PayPal currently has more than 117 million active accounts.
The company said that the restructuring charge is only expected to impact reported GAAP earnings. It is not expected to affect non-GAAP results.
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of eBay and its consolidated subsidiaries that are based on the company's current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the timing, impact and execution of the Company’s workforce reduction plan and the extent of the employees and contractors impacted; the company's need to successfully react to the increasing importance of mobile payments and mobile commerce and the increasing social aspect of commerce; the company's need and ability to manage other regulatory, tax and litigation risks as its services are offered in more jurisdictions and applicable laws become more restrictive; any changes the company may make to its product offerings; the competitive, regulatory, credit card association-related and other risks specific to PayPal and Bill Me Later, especially as PayPal continues to expand geographically and introduce new products and as new laws and regulations related to financial services companies come into effect; the company's ability to timely upgrade and develop its systems, infrastructure and customer service capabilities, at reasonable cost; and the company's ability to maintain site stability and performance on all of its sites while adding new products and features in a timely fashion.