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PayPal Surges on Solid Results and Elliott's Investment, Analysts See Improved Near-term Outlook

Stock Markets Aug 03, 2022 06:35AM ET
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© Reuters PayPal Surges on Solid Results and Elliott's Investment, Analysts See Improved Near-term Outlook

By Senad Karaahmetovic

Shares of PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) are up more than 11% after the fintech company announced better-than-expected Q2 results.

PYPL reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 93c, topping the consensus estimates of 86c per share, according to Refinitiv. Revenue came in at $6.81 billion, up 9% YoY, and above the estimated $6.79 billion.

The company reported 429 million active users at the end of the quarter, up 6% YoY and below the consensus projection of 432.8 million.

PayPal said it has made significant progress in terms of capital efficiency, with the company estimating to slash costs by $900 million in 2022. It expects its annualized benefits from cost cuts to save a minimum of $1.3 billion next year.

The fintech giant also said it has reached an information-sharing agreement on value creation with the activist investor Elliott Management. The Wall Street Journal reported in July that Elliott had taken a position in PayPal.

“As one of PayPal’s largest investors, with an approximately $2 billion investment, Elliott strongly believes in the value proposition at PayPal,” Elliott managing partner Jesse Cohn was quoted as saying in the presentation.

“PayPal has an unmatched and industry-leading footprint across its payments businesses and a right to win over the near and long term,” Cohn added.

PayPal said it has a “commitment to work with Elliott Investment Management on a comprehensive evaluation of capital return alternatives”.

A Morgan Stanley analyst hiked the price target to $134 from $129 as Q2 results “should help improve narrative”.

“We are encouraged by what we think are the key business elements coming to the fore. In particular, demonstrably faster-than-eComm growth for PayPal-branded transactions (up “low single digits” vs. eComm including travel of “roughly flat YoY”), sustained frequency of use by active accounts (up 12%), and what we consider to be a reasonable margin expansion/investment plan (we are modeling YoY OM improvement of ~50 bps in ’23),” he wrote in a client note.

A KeyBanc analyst also raised the price target - going to $115 from $100 - to reflect higher EBIT estimates.

“[We] would recommend investors buy PYPL as a sharper focus is likely to translate into sustained share gains and improved profitability,” the analyst said in a note.

Finally, a Wolfe Research analyst added that PYPL's results, “coupled with proactive announcements around cost-saves and capital return should provide resilience to shares, and an early '23 investor day provides a catalyst.”

 
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