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eBay Reports Q3

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News; www.ebay.com) reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2006.

eBay reported record consolidated Q3-06 net revenues of $1.449 billion, representing a growth rate of 31% year over year. GAAP operating income was $339 million, a decrease of 5% year over year, and represented 23% of net revenues. Excluding stock-based compensation of $74 million, operating income would have increased 16% year over year to $413 million, or 28% of net revenues. Non-GAAP operating income in Q3-06 was $464 million, representing a 32% operating margin and an 18% year-over-year increase. GAAP net income in Q3-06 was $281 million, or $0.20 earnings per diluted share, an increase of 10% year over year. Excluding stock-based compensation of $51 million (net of tax effects), net income increased 30% year over year to $332 million, or $0.23 earnings per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income in Q3-06 was $367 million, or $0.26 earnings per diluted share, a 31% year-over-year increase.

The company repurchased approximately 24 million shares of its common stock at a total cost of $667 million during the quarter, completing one-third of its previously announced stock repurchase program.

"Q3 was a very good quarter for the company and a continuation of the strong earnings growth we delivered throughout the first half of the year," said Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay Inc. "As our results demonstrate, we are executing on our strategy to grow our Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype businesses individually and collectively to deliver greater value to our community of users and to our shareholders."

Q3 Business Unit Discussion

Marketplaces

Our Marketplaces businesses had a good quarter, in line with our expectations, characterized by solid growth in key geographic markets and a strong quarter from Shopping.com.

Marketplaces net revenues totaled a record $1.049 billion in Q3-06, a growth rate of 22% over the $858 million reported in Q3-05. The eBay platform confirmed registered user base at the end of Q3-06 totaled 212 million, representing a 26% increase over the 168 million users reported at the end of Q3-05.

eBay's users generated a total of 584 million new listings in Q3-06 (which included 95 million new Store Inventory Listings), 27% higher than the 459 million new listings reported in Q3-05 (which included 52 million new Store Inventory Listings). These listings helped drive eBay Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV), the total value of all successfully closed items on the eBay trading platforms, to $12.6 billion in Q3-06, representing a 17% year-over-year increase from the $10.8 billion reported in Q3-05.

Payments

PayPal had another excellent quarter, highlighted by increasing penetration on-eBay and excellent growth in our Merchant Services business.

PayPal net revenues totaled $350 million in Q3-06, a growth rate of 41% over the $247 million reported in Q3-05. PayPal had nearly 123 million total accounts at the end of Q3-06, a 41% increase from the 87 million reported in Q3-05. Those accounts helped drive record Total Payment Volume (TPV) of $9.1 billion in Q3-06, a 37% increase from the $6.7 billion reported in Q3-05.

PayPal Merchant Services posted a record $3.3 billion in global TPV in Q3-06, representing a 59% increase from the $2.1 billion reported in Q3-05.

Communications

Our Skype business continued to grow at an impressive pace, driven by rapid user growth and continued innovation of Skype's hardware and software ecosystem.

Skype net revenues totaled $50 million in Q3-06, representing a 13% increase from the $44 million reported in Q2-06.

Skype had 136 million registered users at the end of Q3-06, representing a 20% increase from the 113 million users at the end of Q2-06.

Other selected financial results

Operating Margin -- GAAP operating margin decreased to 23% in Q3-06, down from 32% in Q3-05. Excluding stock-based compensation of $74 million, GAAP operating margin would have been 28%, down from 32% in Q3-05. Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 32% in Q3-06, down from 36% in Q3-05. The year-over-year decrease in non-GAAP operating margin was driven primarily by the inclusion of the Skype business, investment in site operations capacity and higher costs for our consumer protection programs.

Tax Rate -- The GAAP effective tax rate for Q3-06 was 26%, a decrease from 34% for Q3-05 and consistent with Q2-06. The non-GAAP effective tax rate in Q3-06 was 27%, a decrease from 34% for Q3-05 and from 28% for Q2-06. Tax rates in the prior year period were higher due to a one-time charge for the final application of tax regulations related to intercompany cost sharing arrangements. Excluding the one-time charge, the difference between the effective tax rates for Q3-06 as compared to Q3-05 and Q2-06 result primarily from changes in the estimated geographic mix of the company's taxable income.

Cash Flows -- GAAP operating cash flows increased 6% year over year to $522 million in Q3-06. Free cash flows, representing operating cash flows less net purchases of property and equipment of $137 million, decreased 14% year over year to $385 million. The decrease in free cash flow is due in part to increases in purchases of property and equipment, primarily related to data center and software investments to support capacity expansion in our business, and capitalized product development costs related to our websites.

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Investments -- The company's cash, cash equivalents, and investments totaled approximately $3.8 billion at the end of Q3-06.

"We're pleased with the solid revenue growth, strong earnings and cash flow we delivered in Q3," said Bob Swan, Chief Financial Officer. "Our long-term confidence in the business is underscored by the significant share repurchase we executed in the quarter."

Business Outlook

The following guidance includes the estimated impact of expensing stock options from the adoption of FAS 123R, which has been reflected in eBay's operating results beginning in Q1-06.

Fourth Quarter 2006 -- eBay expects consolidated net revenues for Q4 2006 to be in the range of $1.615 billion to $1.675 billion. GAAP earnings per diluted share for Q4 2006 are expected to be in the range of $0.21 to $0.22. GAAP earnings per diluted share for Q4 2006 includes the estimated impact of stock-based compensation from the adoption of FAS 123R of approximately $0.03-$0.04. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for Q4 2006 are expected to be in the range of $0.27 to $0.28. This guidance assumes a US dollar to Euro exchange rate of $1.25.

Full Year 2006 -- eBay expects consolidated net revenues 2006 to be in the range of $5.865 billion to $5.925 billion. GAAP earnings per diluted share for 2006 are expected to be in the range of $0.75 to $0.76. GAAP earnings per diluted share for 2006 includes the estimated impact of stock-based compensation from the adoption of FAS 123R of approximately $0.15 to $0.16 per diluted share. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for 2006 are expected to be in the range of $1.01 to $1.02. This guidance assumes a Q4 2006 US dollar to Euro exchange rate of $1.25, and actual rates through the first three quarters of 2006.

Full Year 2007 -- eBay expects organic consolidated net revenue growth for 2007 in the range of 17% to 21% over 2006 revenues. GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins are expected to improve by at least 0.5 percentage points over 2006 GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins. GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are expected to grow by at least 20% over 2006 GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share. This guidance assumes a US dollar to Euro exchange rate of $1.25 and does not reflect the adoption of FASB Interpretation No. 48 Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (FIN 48). We are currently evaluating the impact of adopting FIN 48 (which will be effective January 1, 2007) on our consolidated financial position and results of operations.

Quarterly Conference Call

eBay will host a conference call to discuss third quarter results at 2 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed through the company's Investor Relations website at http://investor.ebay.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast will be accessible through the same link.

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