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Earnings Results: PayPal sees record earnings, volume amid sustained e-commerce surge

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PayPal Holdings Inc. saw a record amount of volume flow through its platform in the first quarter as the e-commerce wave continued even amid the gradual reopening of the in-person economy.

Shares of PayPal
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were up 2% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company topped expectations with its latest results and raised its full-year outlook.

The company generated first-quarter net income of $1.1 billion, or 92 cents a share, up from $84 million, or 7 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. After adjusting for stock-based compensation, gains on strategic investments, and other items, PayPal
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earned $1.22 a share, up from 66 cents a share a year prior and ahead of the FactSet consensus, which called for $1.01 a share. The adjusted-earnings figure is a new quarterly record for PayPal.

PayPal’s revenue for the quarter totaled $6.03 billion, up from $4.62 billion a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been projecting $5.91 billion.

The company saw a record $285 billion in total payments volume, or the value of activity occurring on its platform. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were modeling TPV of $264.7 billion. With the first-quarter performance, PayPal’s TPV on a trailing-12-month basis topped $1 trillion for the first time.

The company added 14.5 million net new active accounts overall. PayPal saw 4.5. billion transactions in the quarter and 42.2 transactions per active account. The number of daily active accounts for the core PayPal product rose 33%.

For the second quarter, PayPal expects revenue of $6.25 billion, up 19% from a year earlier, and adjusted EPS of $1.12 a share, up 5%. Analysts tracked by FactSet were expecting $6.17 billion in revenue and $1.10 in adjusted EPS.

PayPal also upped its full-year forecast. The company now expects $25.75 billion in revenue, an approximately 20% increase from a year earlier, whereas its prior outlook called for 19% growth. PayPal forecasts adjusted EPS of $4.70, up about 21% from a year earlier, compared with its prior outlook calling for roughly 17% growth.

The payments giant expects 52 million to 55 million net new active accounts for the full year, up from its prior forecast calling for about 50 million.

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