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eBay Inc. Reports Strong Third Quarter 2012 Results

<p> <b>Revenue, Net Income and Active Users up Double Digits Year over Year</b> </p>

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

eBay Inc. Reports Strong Third Quarter 2012 Results16:15 EDT Wednesday, October 17, 2012 SAN JOSE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- 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. GSI revenue increased 12% year over year to $226 million, driven primarily by a 16% year over year increase in global ecommerce (GeC) merchandise sales. Same store sales grew 19% year over year, reflecting strong ecommerce sales from retail clients. GSI is winning new clients and bringing eBay's innovative technology solutions and services to merchants of all sizes.   Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages) (1)   Third Quarter   20122011ChangeGAAP         Net revenue $3,404 $2,966 $438 15% Net income $597 $491 $106 22% Earnings per diluted share $0.45 $0.37 $0.08 21% Non-GAAP         Net income $718 $628 $90 14% Earnings per diluted share $0.55 $0.48 $0.07 14%             Third Quarter   20122011ChangeBusiness Units         Payments         Net revenue $1,367 $1,107 $260 23% Net total payment volume $35,159 $29,282 $5,877 20% Merchant Services $23,704 $19,314 $4,390 23% On eBay $11,455 $9,968 $1,487 15% Marketplaces         Net revenue $1,806 $1,653 $153 9% Gross merchandise volume (GMV), excl. vehicles $16,281 $14,666 $1,615 11% U.S. GMV $6,479 $5,588 $891 16% International GMV $9,801 $9,078 $723 8% GSI         Net revenue $226 $202 $24 12% GeC Merchandise Sales $698 $601 $97 16% (1) Certain amounts may not add/subtract due to rounding and may not recalculate using the rounded dollar amounts provided.   Other Selected Financial Results Operating margin — GAAP operating margin increased to 19.6% for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 18.1% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin increased to 26.3% in the third quarter, compared to 25.3% for the same period last year. Taxes — The GAAP effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 11%, compared to 20% for the third quarter of 2011. The decrease was due primarily to increased earnings in low tax jurisdictions and the favorable impact of discrete items, primarily related to stock-based compensation. For the third quarter of 2012 and 2011, the non-GAAP effective tax rate was 20% and 21%, respectively. Cash flow — The company generated $1.2 billion of operating cash flow and $792 million of free cash flow during the third quarter of 2012. Stock repurchase programs — The company repurchased approximately $47 million of its common stock in the third quarter of 2012. Debt issuance — The company issued senior unsecured notes in an aggregate principal amount of $3 billion during the third quarter of 2012. Cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments — The company's cash and cash equivalents and non-equity investments portfolio totaled $10.8 billion at September 30, 2012, up from $7.5 billion at December 31, 2011. Business Outlook Fourth quarter 2012 — eBay expects net revenues in the range of $3,850 - $4,000 million with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.55 - $0.58 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.66 - $0.69. Full year 2012 — eBay now expects net revenues in the range of $13,950 - $14,100 million with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.95 - $1.99 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.32 - $2.35. Quarterly Conference Call eBay will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2012 results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live webcast of the conference call, together with a slide presentation that includes supplemental financial information and reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days through the same link. About eBay Inc. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through GSI, which facilitates ecommerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises. X.commerce harnesses the developer community of Magento, an ecommerce platform, by providing technology solutions and eBay Inc. capabilities to merchants of all sizes, supporting eBay Inc.'s mission of enabling commerce. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com. Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release includes the following financial measures defined as “non-GAAP financial measures” by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate and free cash flow. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures, see “Business Outlook,” “Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance,” “Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Operating Margin,” “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income,” “Reconciliation of GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate” and “Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow” included in this press release. Forward-Looking Statements 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. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012, and the future growth in the Payments, Marketplaces and GSI businesses, mobile payments and mobile commerce. The company's actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in political, business and economic conditions, including any European or general economic downturn or crisis and any conditions that affect ecommerce growth; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the company's ability to profitably integrate, manage and grow businesses that have been acquired recently or may be acquired in the future; 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 ability to deal with the increasingly competitive ecommerce environment, including competition for its sellers from other trading sites and other means of selling, and competition for its buyers from other merchants, online and offline; the company's need to manage an increasingly large enterprise with a broad range of businesses of varying degrees of maturity and in many different geographies; the effect of management changes and business initiatives; 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, including GSI's v.11 initiative, 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. The forward-looking statements in this release do not include the potential impact of any acquisitions or divestitures that may be announced and/or completed after the date hereof. More information about factors that could affect the company's operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to the company on the date hereof. eBay assumes no obligation to update such statements.   eBay Inc.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet     September 30,2012   December 31,2011(In millions)   ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,331 $ 4,691 Short-term investments 1,804 1,238 Accounts receivable, net 694 682 Loans and interest receivable, net 1,792 1,501 Funds receivable and customer accounts 4,807 3,968 Other current assets 982   581 Total current assets 17,410 12,661 Long-term investments 2,500 2,453 Property and equipment, net 2,393 1,986 Goodwill 8,492 8,365 Intangible assets, net 1,234 1,406 Other assets 473   449 Total assets $ 32,502   $ 27,320 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Short-term debt $ 12 $ 565 Accounts payable 271 282 Funds payable and amounts due to customers 4,807 3,968 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,776 1,511 Deferred revenue 132 110 Income taxes payable 63   298 Total current liabilities 7,061 6,734 Deferred and other tax liabilities, net 945 1,073 Long-term debt 4,506 1,525 Other liabilities 77   58 Total liabilities 12,589   9,390   Total stockholders' equity 19,913   17,930 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 32,502   $ 27,320   eBay Inc.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income   Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,2012   20112012   2011(In millions, except per share amounts)   Net revenues $ 3,404 $ 2,966 $ 10,079 $ 8,272 Cost of net revenues (1) 1,022   920   2,992   2,426   Gross profit 2,382   2,046   7,087   5,846   Operating expenses: Sales and marketing (1) 726 623 2,120 1,763 Product development (1) 389 319 1,157 891 General and administrative (1) 369 336 1,131 1,018 Provision for transaction and loan losses 148 146 413 372 Amortization of acquired intangible assets 83   85   251   182   Total operating expenses 1,715   1,509   5,072   4,226   Income from operations 667 537 2,015 1,620 Interest and other, net 5 79 74 111 Gain (loss) on divested business 0   0   118   (256 ) Income before income taxes 672 616 2,207 1,475 Provision for income taxes (75 ) (125 ) (348 ) (225 ) Net income $ 597   $ 491   $ 1,859   $ 1,250   Net income per share: Basic $ 0.46   $ 0.38   $ 1.44   $ 0.97   Diluted $ 0.45   $ 0.37   $ 1.42   $ 0.95   Weighted average shares: Basic 1,292   1,290   1,291   1,291   Diluted 1,314   1,309   1,311   1,311     (1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows: Cost of net revenues $ 13 $ 14 $ 41 $ 43 Sales and marketing 35 32 99 100 Product development 34 26 101 91 General and administrative 40   36   119   112   $ 122   $ 108   $ 360   $ 346     eBay Inc.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows   Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,2012   20112012   2011(In millions) Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 597 $ 491 $ 1,859 $ 1,250 Adjustments: Provision for transaction and loan losses 148 146 413 372 Depreciation and amortization 311 267 882 667 (Gain) loss on divested business 0 0 (118 ) 256 Gain on acquisition of a business 0 (56 ) 0 (73 ) Stock-based compensation 122 108 360 346 Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition effects (24 ) (147 ) (943 ) (527 ) Net cash provided by operating activities 1,154   809   2,453   2,291   Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property and equipment, net (362 ) (283 ) (961 ) (672 ) Changes in principal loans receivable, net (180 ) (155 ) (335 ) (254 ) Purchases of investments (126 ) (654 ) (1,470 ) (1,884 ) Maturities and sales of investments 309 437 938 1,298 Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (10 ) (308 ) (143 ) (3,155 ) Proceeds from divested business, net of cash disposed 0 0 144 0 Other (61 ) 0   (77 ) (102 ) Net cash used in investing activities (430 ) (963 ) (1,904 ) (4,769 ) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of common stock 134 31 359 188 Repurchases of common stock (47 ) (33 ) (642 ) (814 ) Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 27 7 95 65 Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of restricted stock units and awards (20 ) (16 ) (152 ) (130 ) Net (repayments) and borrowings under commercial paper program (550 ) 0 (550 ) 700 Proceeds from the issuance of debt, net of issuance costs 2,976 0 2,976 0 Repayment of acquired debt 0 (13 ) 0 (199 ) Funds receivable and customer accounts (511 ) 67 (839 ) (696 ) Funds payable and amounts due to customers 511 (67 ) 839 696 Other (4 ) 0   (4 ) 0   Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities 2,516   (24 ) 2,082   (190 ) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 53   (89 ) 9   90   Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,293 (267 ) 2,640 (2,578 ) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 4,038   3,266   4,691   5,577   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 7,331   $ 2,999   $ 7,331   $ 2,999     eBay Inc. Unaudited Summary of Consolidated Net Revenues   Net Revenues by Type (1)           Three Months EndedSeptember 30,June 30,March 31,December 31,September 30,2012   2012     2012     2011     2011   Net transaction revenues (In millions, except percentages) Marketplaces $ 1,490 $ 1,491 $ 1,425 $ 1,443 $ 1,354 Current quarter vs prior quarter0%5%(1)%7%0%Current quarter vs prior year quarter10%10%11%15%14%Percent of Marketplaces revenue from international55%57%55%57%56%   Payments 1,264 1,234 1,216 1,157 1,032 Current quarter vs prior quarter2%1%5%12%4%Current quarter vs prior year quarter22%25%29%25%29%Percent of Payments revenue from international55%55%54%55%53%   GSI 170 164 182 295 148 Current quarter vs prior quarter3%(10)%(38)%99% N/A Current quarter vs prior year quarter14% N/A N/A N/A N/A Percent of GSI revenue from international3%4%4%3%3%                           Total net transaction revenues 2,925 2,889 2,823 2,895 2,535 Current quarter vs prior quarter1%2%(2)%14%8%Current quarter vs prior year quarter15%23%27%32%28%   Marketing services and other revenues Marketplaces 316 323 303 329 299 Current quarter vs prior quarter(2)%7%(8)%10%(4)%Current quarter vs prior year quarter5%3%13%24%32%Percent of Marketplaces revenue from international75%74%75%72%74%   Payments 102 123 93 83 74 Current quarter vs prior quarter(17)%32%12%12%(9)%Current quarter vs prior year quarter37%50%87%84%84%Percent of Payments revenue from international15%11%15%17%9%   GSI 57 57 55 68 54 Current quarter vs prior quarter0%3%(19)%26% N/A Current quarter vs prior year quarter4%N/AN/AN/AN/APercent of GSI revenue from international0%0%0%0%0%   Corporate and other 11 10 6 5 3                           Total marketing services and other revenues 485 513 457 485 431 Current quarter vs prior quarter(5)%12%(6)%13%7%Current quarter vs prior year quarter13%27%43%56%62%   Elimination of inter-segment net revenue and other (2) (6 )   (4 )   (3 )   N/A     N/A   Total net revenues $ 3,404     $ 3,398     $ 3,277     $ 3,380     $ 2,966   Current quarter vs prior quarter0%4%(3)%14%7%Current quarter vs prior year quarter15%23%29%35%32% (1) Certain amounts may not add/subtract due to rounding and may not recalculate using the rounded dollar amounts provided. (2) Represents revenue generated between our reportable segments.   Net Revenues by Geography (1)Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,2012   2012   2012   2011   2011 (In millions, except percentages) U.S. net revenues $ 1,637 $ 1,611 $ 1,581 $ 1,665 $ 1,428 Current quarter vs prior quarter2%2%(5)%17%14%Current quarter vs prior year quarter15%29%39%49%35%Percent of total48%47%48%49%48%   International net revenues 1,767 1,787 1,696 1,715 1,538 Current quarter vs prior quarter(1)%5%(1)%12%2%Current quarter vs prior year quarter15%18%21%25%29%Percent of total52%53%52%51%52%                   Total net revenues $ 3,404     $ 3,398     $ 3,277     $ 3,380     $ 2,966   Current quarter vs prior quarter0%4%(3)%14%7%Current quarter vs prior year quarter15%23%29%35%32% (1)   Revenues are attributed to U.S. and international geographies primarily based upon the country in which the seller, payment recipient, customer, website that displays advertising, or other service provider, as the case may be, is located.   eBay Inc.Unaudited Payments Supplemental Operating Data     Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,2012   2012   2012   2011   2011 (In millions, except percentages) Active registered accounts (1) 117.4 113.2 109.8 106.3 103.0 Current quarter vs prior quarter4%3%3%3%3%Current quarter vs prior year quarter14%13%12%13%14%   Net number of payments (2) 589.2 564.8 555.7 548.1 459.2 Current quarter vs prior quarter4%2%1%19%6%Current quarter vs prior year quarter28%31%31%30%29%   Net total payment volume (3) $35,159 $34,451 $33,857 $33,372 $29,282 Current quarter vs prior quarter2%2%1%14%2%Current quarter vs prior year quarter20%20%24%24%31%Merchant Services net total payment volume as % of net total payment volume67%67%66%66%66%   Transaction rates Take rate 3.89 % 3.94 % 3.87 % 3.71 % 3.78 % Transaction expense 1.07 % 1.07 % 1.07 % 1.04 % 1.14 % Loss rate 0.30 % 0.26 % 0.26 % 0.27 % 0.31 % Transaction margin (4) 64.8 % 66.3 % 65.6 % 64.8 % 61.5 %   Loan portfolio rates Risk adjusted margin (5) 16.5 % 15.5 % 16.8 % 16.9 % 18.0 % Net charge-off rate (6) 4.9 % 4.6 % 4.5 % 4.4 % 4.3 % 90-day delinquency rate (7) 2.9 % 2.5 % 2.4 % 2.4 % 2.6 %   (1)   All registered accounts that successfully sent or received at least one payment or payment reversal through the PayPal system or Bill Me Later accounts that are currently able to transact and that received a statement within the last 12 months. (2) Number of payments, net of payment reversals, successfully completed through our Payments networks and Zong, excluding PayPal's payments gateway business, and on Bill Me Later accounts during the quarter. (3) Total dollar volume of payments, net of payment reversals, successfully completed through our Payments networks, Bill Me Later accounts and Zong during the period, excluding PayPal's payment gateway business. (4) Transaction Margin calculation has been adjusted to include total revenues (including revenue from credit) less transaction expense (including credit cost of funds) less transaction loss (including credit loan losses), divided by global take rate (based on global total revenues divided by total TPV). (5) The risk adjusted margin represents the annualized ratio of Bill Me Later revenue, excluding contra-revenue incentives to customers or merchants, less cost of funds, and less net credit and fraud losses relative to average loans receivable for the quarter. (6) Net charge-off rate represents the annualized ratio of Bill Me Later net credit losses relative to average loans receivable for the quarter. (7) 90-day delinquency rate is the ratio of Bill Me Later end of period account balances that have missed three or more consecutive payments relative to total ending loan receivables.     eBay Inc.Unaudited eBay Marketplaces Supplemental Operating Data     Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,2012   2012   2012   2011   2011 (In millions, except percentages) Active Users (1) 108.3 104.8 102.4 100.4 98.7 Current quarter vs prior quarter3%2%2%2%2%Current quarter vs prior year quarter10%8%7%6%6%   Gross Merchandise Volume (excluding vehicles) (2) $16,281 $16,171 $16,206 $16,490 $14,666 Current quarter vs prior quarter1%0%(2)%12%0%Current quarter vs prior year quarter11%10%12%10%16%   Vehicles Gross Merchandise Volume (3) $1,994 $2,021 $1,871 $1,864 $2,149 Current quarter vs prior quarter(1)%8%0%(13)%(4)%Current quarter vs prior year quarter(7)%(10)%(9)%(3)%0%   Fixed Price Trading (4) as % of total gross merchandise volume66%65%64%64%63%   eBay's classifieds websites and Shopping.com are not included in these metrics.   (1)   All users, excluding users of Half.com, StubHub, and our Korean subsidiaries (Gmarket and eBay Auction Co.), who bid on, bought, listed or sold an item within the previous 12-month period. Users may register more than once, and as a result, may have more than one account. (2) Total value of all successfully closed items between users on eBay Marketplaces trading platforms during the quarter, regardless of whether the buyer and seller actually consummated the transaction, excluding vehicles gross merchandise volume. (3) Total value of all successfully closed vehicle transactions between users on eBay Marketplaces trading platforms during the quarter, regardless of whether the buyer and seller actually consummated the transaction. (4) Primarily, total gross merchandise volume related to eBay's “Buy It Now” feature on eBay Marketplaces trading platforms relative to total gross merchandise volume during the quarter.     eBay Inc.Unaudited GSI Supplemental Operating Data     Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   June 30,   March 31,   December 31,   September 30,2012   2012   2012     2011     2011 (In millions, except percentages) GeC Merchandise Sales (1) $698 $674 $715 $1,362 $601 Current quarter vs prior quarter 4 % (6 %) (48 %) 127 % N/A Current quarter vs prior year quarter 16 % N/A N/A N/A N/A (1)   Represents the retail value of all sales transactions, inclusive of freight charges and net of allowance for returns and discounts, which flow through the GSI ecommerce services platform, whether we record the full amount of such transaction as a product sale or a percentage of such transaction as a service fee.   eBay Inc.Business Outlook(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)The guidance figures provided below and elsewhere in this press release are forward-looking statements, reflect a number of estimates, assumptions and other uncertainties, and are approximate in nature because eBay's future performance is difficult to predict. Such guidance is based on information available on the date of this press release, and eBay assumes no obligation to update it. eBay's future performance involves risks and uncertainties, and the company's actual results could differ materially from the information below and elsewhere in this press release. Some of the factors that could affect the company's operating results are set forth under the caption “Forward-Looking Statements” above in this press release. More information about factors that could affect eBay's operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.     Three Months EndingDecember 31, 2012(In millions, except per share amounts)GAAP   Non-GAAP (a)Net Revenue $3,850 - $4,000 $3,850 - $4,000 Diluted EPS $0.55 - $0.58 $0.66 - $0.69     Twelve Months EndingDecember 31, 2012(In millions, except per share amounts)GAAPNon-GAAP (b)Net Revenue $13,950 - $14,100 $13,950 - $14,100 Diluted EPS $1.95 - $1.99 $2.32 - $2.35   (a) Estimated non-GAAP amounts above for the three months ending December 31, 2012, reflect adjustments that exclude the estimated amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $95-$105 million, estimated stock-based compensation expense and employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation expense of approximately $115-$135 million, and the accretion of a note receivable of approximately $5 million as well as the related tax impact.   (b) Estimated non-GAAP amounts above for the 12 months ending December 31, 2012, reflect adjustments that exclude the estimated amortization of acquired intangible assets of approximately $400-$420 million, estimated stock-based compensation expense and employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation expense of approximately $485-$515 million, the gain on a divestiture of approximately $118 million, and the accretion of a note receivable of approximately $20-$25 million as well as the related tax impact.   eBay Inc.Non-GAAP Measures of Financial Performance To supplement the company's condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), eBay uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate, and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with eBay's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. These measures should only be used to evaluate eBay's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found in the tables included in this press release. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the company's current financial performance and the company's prospects for the future. Specifically, the company believes the non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses or net purchases of property and equipment, as the case may be, that may not be indicative of its core operating results and business outlook. In addition, because eBay has historically reported certain non-GAAP results to investors, the company believes that the inclusion of non-GAAP measures provides consistency in the company's financial reporting. For its internal budgeting process, and as discussed further below, eBay's management uses financial measures that do not include stock-based compensation expense, employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation, amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets, impairment of goodwill, significant gains or losses from the disposal/acquisition of a business, restructuring-related charges and the income taxes associated with the foregoing. In addition to the corresponding GAAP measures, eBay's management also uses the foregoing non-GAAP measures in reviewing the financial results of eBay. eBay excludes the following items from non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP effective tax rate: Stock-based compensation expense. This expense consists of expenses for stock options, restricted stock and employee stock purchases. eBay excludes stock-based compensation expenses from its non-GAAP measures primarily because they are non-cash expenses that management does not believe are reflective of ongoing operating results. eBay also excludes its proportionate share of Skype's stock-based compensation expense. Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation. This amount is dependent on eBay's stock price and the timing and size of exercises by employees of their stock options and the vesting of their restricted stock, over which management has limited to no control, and as such management does not believe it correlates to eBay's operation of the business. Amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets, impairment of goodwill and significant gains or losses and transaction expenses from the acquisition or disposal of a business. eBay incurs amortization or impairment of acquired intangible assets and goodwill in connection with acquisitions and may incur significant gains or losses from the acquisition or disposal of a business and therefore excludes these amounts from its non-GAAP measures. eBay also excludes its proportionate share of Skype's amortization of acquired intangibles expense. eBay also settled a legal exposure in conjunction with the acquisition of a business and excludes this settlement payment. In addition, eBay's results are also impacted by hedge transactions related to unique movements of cash from significant business acquisitions or dispositions. eBay excludes the impact of the accretion of a note receivable associated with the disposal of certain businesses. eBay excludes these items because management does not believe they correlate to the ongoing operating results of eBay's business. Restructuring. These charges consist of expenses for employee severance and other exit and disposal costs. eBay excludes restructuring charges primarily because management does not believe they are reflective of ongoing operating results. Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP entries. This amount is used to present stock-based compensation and the other amounts described above on an after-tax basis consistent with the presentation of non-GAAP net income. In addition to the non-GAAP measures discussed above, eBay also uses free cash flow. Free cash flow represents operating cash flows less net purchases of property and equipment. eBay considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchases of property, buildings, and equipment, which can then be used to, among other things, invest in eBay's business, make strategic acquisitions, and repurchase stock. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company's cash balance for the period. eBay Inc.Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Margin to Non-GAAP Operating Margin   Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   September 30,20122011 (In millions, except percentages) GAAP operating income $ 667 $ 537 Stock-based compensation expense 122 108 Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation 3 2 Amortization of acquired intangible assets within cost of net revenues 20 20 Amortization of acquired intangible assets within operating expenses 83   84   Non-GAAP operating income $ 895   $ 751     Non-GAAP operating margin 26.3 % 25.3 %     Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income     Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   September 30,20122011 (In millions, except per share amounts) GAAP net income $ 597 $ 491 Stock-based compensation expense 122 108 Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation 3 2 Amortization of acquired intangible assets within cost of net revenues 20 20 Amortization of acquired intangible assets within operating expenses 83 84 Amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation for Skype 0 24 Sale of Skype transaction related items (2 ) 0 Accretion of note receivable (4 ) (4 ) Gain from the acquisition of a business 0 (56 ) Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP entries (101 ) (41 ) Non-GAAP net income $ 718   $ 628     Diluted net income per share: GAAP $ 0.45   $ 0.37   Non-GAAP $ 0.55   $ 0.48   Shares used in GAAP and non-GAAP diluted net income per-share calculation 1,314   1,309     Reconciliation of GAAP Effective Tax Rate to Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate   Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   September 30,20122011 (In millions, except percentages) GAAP provision for income taxes (a) $ 75 $ 125 Income taxes associated with certain non-GAAP entries 101   41   Non-GAAP provision for income taxes (b) $ 176   $ 166     GAAP income before income taxes (c) $ 672 $ 616 Stock-based compensation expense 122 108 Employer payroll taxes on stock-based compensation 3 2 Amortization of acquired intangible assets within cost of net revenues 20 20 Amortization of acquired intangible assets within operating expenses 83 84 Amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation for Skype 0 24 Sale of Skype transaction related items (2 ) 0 Accretion of note receivable (4 ) (4 ) Gain from the acquisition of a business 0   (56 ) Non-GAAP income before income taxes (d) $ 894   $ 794     GAAP effective tax rate (a/c) 11 % 20 %   Non-GAAP effective tax rate (b/d) 20 % 21 %   Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow   Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   September 30,20122011 (In millions) Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,154 $ 809 Less: Purchases of property and equipment, net (362 ) (283 ) Free cash flow $ 792   $ 526   eBay Inc.Investor Relations Contact:Tracey Fordtford@ebay.comTom Hudsonthhudson@ebay.comorMedia Relations Contact:Amanda Millerpress@ebay.comorInvestor Information Request:408-376-7493orCompany News:http://www.ebayinc.com/newsorInvestor Relations website:http://investor.ebayinc.com