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Jan 18, 2001


eBay Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2000 Financial Results

Record Quarterly Revenue of $134.0 Million
Record Quarterly Net Income of $23.9 Million – Six Times the Net Income of Q499
Gross Margins Increased 11 Percentage Points from Q499 to 82 Percent

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan 18, 2001 - eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY); (www.ebay.com), the world’s largest online personal trading community, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2000.

The Company generated consolidated net revenues of $134.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2000, an 81 percent increase over the $73.9 million reported for the same period last year. Consolidated net income for the quarter was $23.9 million, or $0.09 per share on a diluted basis. eBay’s consolidated net income, excluding the effects of certain non-cash charges, was $25.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared with $5.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share during the fourth quarter of 1999.

For the year, the Company generated consolidated net revenues of $431.4 million, a 92 percent increase over the net revenues of $224.7 million in fiscal 1999. Consolidated net income for the current year was $48.3 million, or $0.17 per share on a diluted basis. The Company’s consolidated net income, excluding the effect of certain non-cash charges and stock related expenses was $58.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with $18.3 million or $0.07 per diluted share during the fiscal year 1999.

"Our Q4 results capped off a year of record success across all metrics, including GMS, listings growth, user growth, revenues and profits," said Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay. "We are extremely pleased with the strength of our business and with the tremendous momentum we have going into the new year."

The Company also announced the promotion of two senior executives. Gary Bengier, eBay’s CFO, has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Development. In his new role, Mr. Bengier will oversee long-term planning across the Company’s business units and will continue to report to Meg Whitman. Rajiv Dutta, currently eBay’s Vice President of Finance, will assume the role of CFO. Mr. Dutta will report to Ms. Whitman.

"Gary and Rajiv have contributed a great deal to eBay’s growth," Ms. Whitman said. "Their strong experience and enormous commitment to eBay will prove invaluable in their new roles."

Key financial and operating metrics
    -- Registered Users -- eBay added a record 3.5 million registered users in
       the quarter.  eBay expanded the number of registered users to
       22.5 million by quarter end, an increase of 125 percent from
       10.0 million on December 31, 1999.
    -- Gross Merchandise Sales -- eBay users transacted a record $1.6 billion
       in gross merchandise sales (the value of goods traded on the eBay site)
       in the quarter, representing a 79 percent increase over the fourth
       quarter of 1999.
    -- Listings -- eBay hosted 79.4 million auctions during the fourth
       quarter, compared to 41.0 million during the same period last year.
       This represents year-over-year growth of 94 percent.
    -- Online Net Revenues -- eBay’s online net revenues reached
       $123.1 million in the quarter, a 102 percent increase over the
       $60.8 million in the fourth quarter of 1999.
    -- Gross Margin -- Gross margin increased 11 percentage points to
       82 percent this quarter from 71 percent in the fourth quarter of 1999.
    -- Reported Net Income -- eBay’s reported net income reached
       $23.9 million, more than 6 times the $3.8 million in the fourth quarter
       of 1999.
Key execution highlights
    -- Announced the acquisition of a majority interest in Internet Auction
       Co. Ltd., Korea’s largest auction-style web site on January 7, 2001.
       ( http://www.auction.co.kr/ )
    -- Launched the eBay Austria site.
       ( http://www.ebay.de/austria/index.html )
    -- Formed marketing relationship between eBay Motors and General Motors.
       ( http://www.ebaymotors.com/ )
    -- Based on eBay Motor’s Q4 2000 annualized used vehicle units sold, eBay
       Motors ranks third in the nation behind the total used unit sales of
       all dealerships of AutoNation Inc. and the CarMax Group.
    -- Increased Billpoint transactions by 145 percent from Q3 to Q4 2000.
       ( http://pages.ebay.com/help/buyerguide/bp-overview.html )
    -- Announced the Application Platform Interface, or API, to provide a
       standard way for licensed third parties to develop tools for the eBay
       platform. ( http://developer.ebay.com )
    -- Integrated United Parcel Service’s online shipping center into
       eBay.com. ( http://www.servicecenter.ups.com/ebay/ebay.html )
    -- Introduced the "Buy It Now" tool.
       ( http://pages.ebay.com/services/buyandsell/buyitnow-seller.html )
    -- Rolled out "List in Two Categories" option.
       ( http://pages.ebay.com/help/sellerguide/2category.html )
    -- Introduced "Popular Searches," a new feature that shows the most
       frequently run searches for items in a particular category
       ( http://pages.ebay.com/help/buyerguide/popular_searches.html )
    -- Rolled out pilot version of "Pre-Approve Bidder" tool to give sellers
       the ability to screen prospective buyers.
       ( http://cgi3.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?PreApproveBidders )
    -- Integrated search capabilities for Half.com listings on the eBay search
       results pages.
       ( http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&ht
        =1&SortProperty=MetaEndSort&query=a+wrinkle+in+time )
    -- Launched first national TV advertising campaign.
Financial and operating summary

The primary contributor to the quarter over quarter increase in the Company’s net revenues was increased on-line revenues, primarily from strength in eBay’s core business, growth in our international operations, continued success in carrying out our long standing strategy to increase the monetization of the site, including partnership and advertising revenues. Net revenues from eBay’s traditional off-line auction subsidiaries increased slightly from the prior quarter.

Gross margin improved as a percentage of revenues quarter on quarter primarily due to strong revenue growth coupled with continuing productivity improvements in customer support and cost management in site operations. Sales and marketing costs increased on an absolute basis compared to the prior quarter and increased slightly as a percentage of revenues. Product development costs decreased in absolute dollars compared to the previous quarter primarily due to non-cash stock compensation charges related to the Half.com acquisition that was included in the third quarter. General and administrative costs increased in absolute terms largely due to costs associated with domestic and international expansion, but decreased slightly as a percentage of revenues.

For the fourth quarter, eBay recorded consolidated non-cash charges of $0.4 million related to stock-based compensation and approximately $1.3 million relating to the amortization of acquired intangibles, payroll taxes on the exercise of employee stock options and one time merger-related expenses. eBay recorded a consolidated tax provision of $15.9 million representing an effective tax rate of approximately 40 percent of fourth quarter consolidated pretax income.

The Company’s overall balance sheet continued to improve during the fourth quarter of 2000 as consolidated assets increased by $68.3 million over the third quarter of 2000. For the year 2000, eBay generated cash flow from operations of $99 million.

Internet Auction Co. Ltd. Financial Impact

On January 7th, eBay announced the share acquisition of slightly over 50 percent of Internet Auction Co. Ltd. of South Korea. This purchase will cost approximately $120 million and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2001. As previously disclosed, this acquisition is expected to increase eBay’s 2001 consolidated revenues by approximately $20 million. Given the expected acceleration in this business, the majority of this revenue is expected to materialize in the second half of the year.

Before non-cash items and one-time charges, Internet Auction is expected to approach operational break-even for the year cumulatively. On a pro forma basis, adjusted for non-cash items such as stock-based compensation and one-time acquisition related expenses, we expect Internet Auction to lower eBay’s 2001 net income per share by about one cent on a diluted basis. This is largely due to the foregone interest income associated with the cash purchase.

Also, eBay will record one-time charges at the time of closing that it anticipates will be less than $2 million. The acquisition is also expected to impact eBay’s income statement for non-cash stock compensation expenses by approximately $2 million during 2001, evenly distributed throughout the year.

eBay expects that any goodwill related to this transaction will not exceed $80 million, with an expected amortization period under the existing policy of 5 years. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has tentatively concluded that goodwill will be aggregated and accounted for as a single line item on the balance sheet and there will be no amortization of this asset. The FASB is expected to issue a formal statement sometime in Q2 2001. Until that statement is issued, and any change is effective, upon conclusion of the transaction eBay expects to amortize goodwill to its income statement.

Business Outlook

With the combination of the anticipated share acquisition of Internet Auction and the strong momentum from the fourth quarter 2000, eBay expects 2001 revenues could approach $665 million, with Q1 2001 revenues approaching $150 million.

eBay expects to see consolidated gross margins remain in the low eighties percentage range for the balance of the year. Gross margins could dip to 80 percent at midyear as the Company rolls out the distributed architecture as part of its plan to invest in the long-term architecture of the eBay site.

eBay will continue to invest the upside from a strong top line back into the business. The Company expects earnings per share to be generally in line with the current published bottom line consensus expectations, excluding the impact of the majority acquisition of Internet Auction.

About eBay

eBay is the world’s largest on-line trading community. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful marketplace for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and businesses. On any given day, there are millions of items for sale on the site across thousands of categories. eBay enables trade on a local, national and international basis with local sites in 60 cities and country specific sites in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Japan, and Australia. With the acquisition of Half.com in July 2000, eBay’s community now benefits from a marketplace which includes traditional auction and fixed-price trading.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including those relating to the Company’s ability to grow its business and user base. Actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the Company’s need to manage both an increasingly broad range of businesses and significant growth, to deal with the increasingly competitive environment for online trading, to manage regulatory and litigation risks, to maintain site stability and to continue to expand its model outside of the U.S., as well as the timing and commercial success of new features and functions expected to be added to the Company’s sites, the price and demand for advertising offered by the Company, the success of the Company’s commercial partners and the costs of announced and prospective joint ventures, acquisitions and other commercial transactions. More information about potential factors which could affect the Company’s business and financial results is included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 1999 and its 10-Qs for the periods ended March 31, 2000, June 30, 2000 and September 30, 2000 under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," under the heading "Risk Factors" in its Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed on September 19, 2000 and its Form 8-K filed on January 16, 2001. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

                                  eBAY INC.

                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                          (in thousands; unaudited)

                                                  December 31,   December 31,
                                                      1999           2000
    ASSETS
    Current assets:
     Cash and cash equivalents                      $221,801       $201,873
     Short-term investments                          181,086        354,166
     Accounts receivable, net                         36,538         67,163
     Other current assets                             25,882         52,262
      Total current assets                           465,307        675,464

    Property and equipment, net                      112,202        125,161
    Long-term investments                            373,988        218,197
    Restricted cash and investments                       --        126,390
    Deferred tax asset                                 5,639         13,892
    Intangible and other assets, net                  12,689         23,299

                                                    $969,825     $1,182,403
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
     Accounts payable                                $32,133        $31,725
     Accrued expenses and other current
      liabilities                                     32,675         61,937
     Deferred revenue and customer advances            5,997         12,656
     Debt and leases, current                         15,781         20,032
     Income taxes payable                              6,455         11,092
      Total current liabilities                       93,041        137,442

    Debt and leases, long-term                        15,023         12,150
    Other liabilities                                  5,900          5,803
    Minority interests                                 1,732         13,248
      Total liabilities                              115,696        168,643
    Total stockholders’ equity                       854,129      1,013,760

                                                    $969,825     $1,182,403

                                  eBAY INC.

                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
             (in thousands, except per share amounts; unaudited)

                               Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
                                  December 31,              December 31,
                                 1999        2000        1999         2000

    Net revenues              $73,919     $134,008     $224,724     $431,424
    Cost of net revenues       21,585       23,954       57,588       95,453
     Gross profit              52,334      110,054      167,136      335,971
    Operating expenses:
     Sales and marketing       29,087       49,039       96,239      166,767
     Product development       10,250       14,142       24,847       55,863
     General and
      administrative           14,303       18,884       43,919       73,027
     Payroll expense on
      employee stock options       --          585           --        2,337
     Amortization of
      acquired intangibles        162          554        1,145        1,433
     Merger related costs          --          119        4,359        1,550
      Total operating
       expenses                53,802       83,323      170,509      300,977
    Income (loss) from
     operations               (1,468)       26,731      (3,373)       34,994
    Interest and other
     income, net                8,020       13,044       21,412       46,025
    Income before income
     taxes                      6,552       39,775       18,039       81,019
    Provision for income
     taxes                    (2,752)     (15,910)      (8,472)     (32,725)
    Net income                 $3,800      $23,865       $9,567      $48,294
    Net income per share:
     Basic                      $0.02        $0.09        $0.04        $0.19
     Diluted                    $0.01        $0.09        $0.04        $0.17
    Weighted average shares
     Basic                    233,125      259,789      217,674      251,776
     Diluted                  277,844      279,822      273,033      280,346

    Supplemental (A)

    Historical income (loss)
     from operations         $(1,468)      $26,731     $(3,373)      $34,994
    Add back certain
     non-cash and merger
     costs:
     Amortization of
      stock-based
      compensation              1,129          421        4,781        7,141
     Amortization of acquired
      intangibles (B)             181          554        1,391        1,433
     Payroll expense on
      employee stock options       --          585           --        2,337
     Merger related costs          --          119        4,359        1,550
      Total add back            1,310        1,679       10,531       12,461
    Supplemental income (loss)
     from operations excluding
     certain non cash, merger
     and stock option related
     charges                    (158)       28,410        7,158       47,455
    Interest and other
     income, net                8,020       13,044       21,412       46,025
    Supplemental provision
     for income taxes (C)     (2,752)     (16,413)     (10,303)     (34,916)
    Supplemental net income
     excluding certain non
     cash, merger and stock
     option related charges    $5,110      $25,041      $18,267      $58,564
    Supplemental net income
     per share, diluted         $0.02        $0.09        $0.07        $0.21

    (A) The accompanying supplemental financial information is presented for
        informational purposes only and should not be considered as a
        substitute for the historical financial information presented in
        accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
    (B) Expenses associated with the amortization of acquisition related
        charges may be included within cost of net revenues as well as
        operating expenses under the heading "amortization of acquired
        intangibles."
    (C) Supplemental provision for income taxes includes a 42 percent tax
        effect for merger related costs in 1999 and a 42 percent tax effect
        for the first and second quarter in 2000 and a 40 percent tax effect
        for the third quarter and fourth quarter in 2000 for the amortization
        of acquired intangibles, payroll expense on employee stock options and
        merger related costs.
 
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