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  1. 1. North America Equity Research 13 October 2010 Neutral eBay, Inc EBAY, EBAY US Price: $24.45 3Q Preview: Maintaining Neutral ▲ Price Target: $25.00 Previous: $24.00 We are reiterating our Neutral rating on eBay. We continue to expect the Internet company to underperform the broader eCommerce market in the near Imran Khan AC term, and think the stock is unlikely to work until eBay’s market share (1-212) 622-6693 losses stabilize. imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com Lev Polinsky, CFA • 3Q should be in line. eBay had previously announced it expects results (1-212) 622-8343 near the high end of guidance ($2.13B-$2.18B in revenue, $0.35-$0.37 lev.x.polinsky@jpmchase.com pro forma EPS). With the quarter completed, we are slightly tweaking Bridget Weishaar our numbers; we see revenue of $2.22B (up 8% Y/Y ex- (1-212) 622-5032 Communications) and pro forma EPS of $0.38. bridget.a.weishaar@jpmchase.com • Marketplaces turnaround continues to take time. We are modeling Shelby Taffer (212) 622-6518 1% Y/Y growth in US non-vehicles GMV; volume grew 4.5% in the shelby.x.taffer@jpmchase.com first half of the year, well behind 14% growth in US eCommerce overall. Vasily Karasyov Although the weaker dollar could help spur some cross-border buying (1-212) 622-5401 from US sellers in 4Q, we continue to believe the turnaround of the vasily.d.karasyov@jpmorgan.com Marketplace remains in its early stages. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC • PayPal remains a bright spot. We are modeling 24% TPV growth in Price Performance 3Q, a slight deceleration from 31% in 1H’10. We continue to think PayPal is in an advantageous position in online payments and poised to 26 grow rapidly (21% TPV CAGR F’09-F’12E). However, we expect some $ take-rate contraction, resulting in an 18% revenue CAGR F’09-F’12E. 22 • FX drives 4Q estimates boost. With the recent weakness in the US 18 Oct-09 Jan-10 Apr-10 Jul-10 Oct-10 dollar, we are raising our 4Q estimates slightly; our ex-FX assumptions are unchanged. We now see 4Q revenue of $2.54B (from $2.48B) and YTD 1m 3m 12m EPS of $0.45 (from $0.44). As the company has already commented on Abs 2.3% 1.4% 20.9% -1.4% 3Q results, we think investors will focus on eBay’s outlook for 4Q. • Introducing end-2011 price target of $25. Our previous price target was $24 for end-2010. Our price target is calculated using a DCF, and the incremental change is driven by the slightly higher near-term nominal growth due to the weaker dollar. eBay, Inc. (EBAY;EBAY US) 2010E 2010E 2011E 2011E 2012E Company Data (Old) (New) (Old) (New) Price ($) 24.45 EPS Reported ($) Date Of Price 12 Oct 10 Q1 (Mar) 0.31A 0.31A 0.33 0.34 0.38 52-week Range ($) 28.37 - 19.06 Q2 (Jun) 0.31A 0.31A 0.34 0.35 0.38 Mkt Cap ($ mn) 32,023.98 Q3 (Sep) 0.31A 0.31A 0.36 0.36 0.40 Fiscal Year End Dec Q4 (Dec) 0.36A 0.37A 0.40 0.42 0.46 Shares O/S (mn) 1,310 FY 1.29A 1.30A 1.43 1.47 1.62 Price Target ($) 25.00 Bloomberg EPS FY ($) 1.62A 1.77 1.94 Price Target End Date 31 Dec 11 Source: Company data, Bloomberg, J.P. Morgan estimates. Note: F'09, F'10, and F'11 estimates include adjustments for FAS123R. Excluding FAS123R, our F'10, F'11, and F'12 EPS estimates are $1.65, $1.82, and $2.01. 'Bloomberg' above denotes Bloomberg consensus non- GAAP EPS estimates. See page 7 for analyst certification and important disclosures. J.P. Morgan does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that the firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision.
  2. 2. Imran Khan North America Equity Research (1-212) 622-6693 13 October 2010 imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com We Expect 3Q in Line with Expectations In late September, the company reported its 3Q results would be near the high end of guidance. We are slightly tweaking our estimates, as indicated in the table below: Table 1: Our New vs. Old Revenue and EPS Estimates in Context Units as indicated Guidance J.P. Morgan Bloomberg Low End High End New Est Prev Est Consensus Revenue $2.13B $2.18B $2.22B $2.23B $2.18B (Y/Y, ex Communications) 4% 6% 8% 9% 6% Pro Forma EPS $0.35 $0.37 $0.38 $0.39 $0.37 Source: Company reports, Bloomberg, and J.P. Morgan estimates. Raising 4Q Estimates Due to Weaker Dollar We are leaving our outlook for ex-FX growth unchanged for 4Q. However, incorporating the impact of recent movements in currencies, we now expect 4Q revenue of $2.54B (from $2.48B) and EPS of $0.45 (from $0.44). Marketplaces Turnaround Continues to Take Time For the rest of the year, we are modeling 1% growth in US non-vehicles GMV. This compares to 4.5% growth in 1H’10. Our expectation of slower growth in the second half is driven in part by tougher comps, as 1H’09 was a period of particularly weak growth. Figure 1: We Expect US Non-Vehicles GMV to Grow 1% in 2H’10 10% 7% 6% 6% 4% 5% 2% 2% 1% 1% 0% -5% -3% -10% -9% -8% -11% -15% Q1-08 Q2-08 Q3-08 Q4-08 Q1-09 Q2-09 Q3-09 Q4-09 Q1-10 Q2-10 Q3-10E Q4-10E Source: Company reports and J.P. Morgan estimates. We think an instructive approach is to examine US GMV growth on a two-year lagged basis, to better account for the impact of the downturn in F’09, as seen in Figure 2. We think the second half of the year can bring a slight improvement in domestic GMV growth on a two-year lagged basis. 2
  3. 3. Imran Khan North America Equity Research (1-212) 622-6693 13 October 2010 imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com Figure 2: On a Two-Year Lag, We Expect Improving Growth in 2H’10 US non-vehicles GMV, 2-year growth rate (e.g., Q4’09 vs. Q4’07) 15% 14% 10% 5% 5% 0% 0% -5% -2% -2% -3% -5% -5% -5% -6% -10% Q3-08 Q4-08 Q1-09 Q2-09 Q3-09 Q4-09 Q1-10 Q2-10 Q3-10E Q4-10E Source: Company reports and J.P. Morgan estimates. At the same time, although we believe trends are starting to improve, we think eBay faces an uphill battle. The company saw continued market share erosion in the US in the first half of the year, suggesting there remains progress to be made before the eBay Marketplace can grow in line with the industry, much less gain market share. Figure 3: Market Share Losses in 1H’10 50% 40% 30% 46% 20% 10% 4% 7% 14% 0% eBay US Non-Vehicles Retail Sales eCommerce Amazon NA Retail GMV Rev enue 1H'10 Y/Y Sales Grow th Source: US Census Bureau, company reports, and J.P. Morgan estimates. Looking to 3Q, comScore usage data suggest that eBay’s market share continued to decline during the quarter: unique visitors to eBay.com were down 1%, compared with 14% growth for both Amazon.com and for all Retail sites combined. PayPal Remains a Growth Story For 3Q, we expect TPV to grow 24%, a slight decline from 31% growth in the first half of the year. However, we continue to believe that PayPal is on a very attractive growth trajectory, and are modeling TPV to continue growing, with a 21% CAGR from F’09 to F’12E. As the business expands its reach with larger merchants, we expect continued moderate declines in the PayPal take rate, from 3.9% in F’08 and 3.7% in F’09, moving below 3.5% by F’12. As of now, we believe it is too early to judge the impact of the new US regulatory environment on the take rate, but we do not believe the impact on PayPal’s processing expense and take rate will be very large. 3
  4. 4. Imran Khan North America Equity Research (1-212) 622-6693 13 October 2010 imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com Tweaking F’11, Introducing F’12 Estimates Our F’11 estimates are increasing slightly as a result of the weaker dollar; we now see revenue of $10.2B (from $10.0B) and pro forma EPS of $1.82, up from $1.79. Our model calls for GMV growth of 8% in F’11, and TPV up 20%. We are also rolling out estimates for F’12. We expect GMV to rise 6% and TPV to increase 17%, slightly offset by continued take-rate erosion, driving revenue growth of 9% to $11.2B. Our new F’12 pro forma EPS estimate is $2.01. Introducing $25 End-2011 Price Target Our previous price target was $24 for the end of 2010. The slight increase is driven primarily by the impact of changes in FX. We used a DCF with the following parameters to derive our EBAY price target: Table 2: Key DCF Assumptions Equity beta 1.04 Risk free rate (10yr yield) 2.4% Risk premium 8.8% Cost of Equity 11.5% Cost of debt 6.0% Final debt ratio 0.0% Equity as a % Cap 100.0% Source: Company reports, Bloomberg, and J.P. Morgan estimates. Valuation and Rating Analysis On a GAAP P/E basis, eBay trades 16.6x our F’11 estimate of $1.47. Due to the challenges faced by the company’s businesses, we believe the stock is unlikely to significantly outperform its peer group in the coming months, and thus we rate it Neutral. Risks to Our Rating Downside risks associated with our Neutral rating include: barriers to international expansion, risks related to the repositioning of eBay’s pricing structure, competition from sponsored search vendors, the company’s dependence on eBay Motors, competition from hardline retailers, risks associated with patent litigation, and valuation risks. International expansion is a concrete part of eBay’s growth strategy. As the company continues to grow outside the US, it may face regulatory challenges and/or markets that make its business less profitable than it is in the US or other countries where it is already established. Thus far, we believe eBay’s international expansion has been carried out in a strategic and timely manner. eBay also faces risks from hardline retailers. Although the bulk of eBay’s revenues come from the beginning and end of the retail life cycle, with each passing quarter, the percentage of revenue it earns from the in-season retail and fixed-price sales continues to increase. This puts the company in competition with traditional retailers and other e-tailers, including Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, BestBuy, and Home Depot. Failure to meet these challenges could lead to relative stock price underperformance. 4
  5. 5. Imran Khan North America Equity Research (1-212) 622-6693 13 October 2010 imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com There may be upside risks to our rating should the company be able to improve its search technology more rapidly than we expect, resulting in an acceleration of trade on the platform. Additionally, if the company takes steps that help the market value the separate parts of the enterprise more fully, the stock could outperform. 5
  6. 6. Imran Khan North America Equity Research (1-212) 622-6693 13 October 2010 imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com eBay, Inc: Summary of Financials Income Statement - Annual FY09A FY10E FY11E FY12E Income Statement - Quarterly 1Q10A 2Q10A 3Q10E 4Q10E Revenues 8,727 9,170 10,226 11,164 Revenues 2,196 2,215 2,223 2,536 Operating Income 2,553 2,714 2,974 3,173 Operating Income 673 646 644 751 D&A 811 776 860 875 D&A 188 188 200 200 EBITDA 2,663 3,249 3,622 3,806 EBITDA 779 764 803 902 Net interest income / (expense) 1,422 40 65 91 Net interest income / (expense) 6 15 8 11 Other income / (expense) - - - - Other income / (expense) - - - - Pretax income 2,879 2,119 2,404 2,589 Pretax income 495 499 512 612 Income taxes 490 426 517 557 Income taxes 97 87 110 132 Net income 2,389 1,693 1,887 2,033 Net income 398 412 402 480 Weighted average diluted shares 1,290 1,306 1,285 1,255 Weighted average diluted shares 1,301 1,310 1,308 1,304 Diluted EPS 1.58 1.65 1.82 2.01 Diluted EPS 0.42 0.40 0.38 0.45 Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Data FY09A FY10E FY11E FY12E Ratio Analysis FY09A FY10E FY11E FY12E Cash and cash equivalents 4,944 6,240 9,086 12,070 Sales growth 2.2% 5.1% 11.5% 9.2% Accounts receivable 408 444 491 540 EBITDA growth (15.4%) 22.0% 11.5% 5.1% Other current assets 2,486 2,893 3,176 3,455 EPS growth (7.5%) 4.5% 10.5% 9.9% Current assets 8,460 10,404 13,688 17,184 PP&E 1,314 1,339 1,164 1,004 EBITDA margin 30.5% 35.4% 35.4% 34.1% Total assets 18,408 20,386 23,496 26,831 Net margin 27.4% 18.5% 18.5% 18.2% Total debt 0 0 0 0 Debt / EBITDA 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Total liabilities 4,621 4,770 5,093 5,412 Shareholders' equity 13,788 15,616 18,402 21,419 Return on assets (ROA) 13.0% 8.3% 8.0% 7.6% Return on equity (ROE) 17.3% 10.8% 10.3% 9.5% Net Income (including charges) 2,389 1,693 1,887 2,033 D&A 811 776 860 875 Enterprise value / EBITDA 0.0 0.0 0.0 - Change in working capital 37 (448) (8) (9) Enterprise value / Free cash flow 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Other - - - - P/E 13.2 18.9 16.6 15.1 Cash flow from operations 2,908 2,797 3,531 3,700 Capex (567) (669) (685) (715) Free cash flow 2,341 2,127 2,846 2,985 Cash flow from investing activities (1,149) (1,146) (685) (690) Cash flow from financing activities (946) 50 0 0 Dividends - - - - Dividend yield - - - - Source: Company reports and J.P. Morgan estimates. Note: $ in millions (except per-share data). Fiscal year ends Dec 6
  7. 7. Imran Khan North America Equity Research (1-212) 622-6693 13 October 2010 imran.t.khan@jpmchase.com Analyst Certification: The research analyst(s) denoted by an “AC” on the cover of this report certifies (or, where multiple research analysts are primarily responsible for this report, the research analyst denoted by an “AC” on the cover or within the document individually certifies, with respect to each security or issuer that the research analyst covers in this research) that: (1) all of the views expressed in this report accurately reflect his or her personal views about any and all of the subject securities or issuers; and (2) no part of any of the research analyst’s compensation was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views expressed by the research analyst(s) in this report. Important Disclosures • Market Maker: JPMS makes a market in the stock of eBay, Inc. • Client of the Firm: eBay, Inc is or was in the past 12 months a client of JPM; during the past 12 months, JPM provided to the company non-investment banking securities-related service and non-securities-related services. • Investment Banking (next 3 months): J.P. Morgan expects to receive, or intends to seek, compensation for investment banking services in the next three months from eBay, Inc. • Non-Investment Banking Compensation: JPMS has received compensation in the past 12 months for products or services other than investment banking from eBay, Inc. An affiliate of JPMS has received compensation in the past 12 months for products or services other than investment banking from eBay, Inc. eBay, Inc (EBAY) Price Chart Date Rating Share Price Price Target 70 ($) ($) N $14 N $22.5 16-Oct-08 N 15.33 -- 56 N $17 N $19 05-Jan-09 N 14.66 17.00 22-Jan-09 N 11.67 14.00 N N $15 N $24.5 N $24 23-Apr-09 N 16.62 15.00 42 Price($) 23-Jul-09 N 21.52 19.00 20-Oct-09 N 25.15 22.50 28 21-Jan-10 N 22.23 24.50 22-Jul-10 N 20.17 24.00 14 0 Oct Jul Apr Jan Oct Jul 06 07 08 09 09 10 Source: Bloomberg and J.P. Morgan; price data adjusted for stock splits and dividends. Break in coverage Aug 30, 2001 - Apr 09, 2003, and Apr 30, 2004 - Jun 07, 2004. This chart shows J.P. Morgan's continuing coverage of this stock; the current analyst may or may not have covered it over the entire period. J.P. Morgan ratings: OW = Overweight, N = Neutral, UW = Underweight. Explanation of Equity Research Ratings and Analyst(s) Coverage Universe: J.P. Morgan uses the following rating system: Overweight [Over the next six to twelve months, we expect this stock will outperform the average total return of the stocks in the analyst’s (or the analyst’s team’s) coverage universe.] Neutral [Over the next six to twelve months, we expect this stock will perform in line with the average total return of the stocks in the analyst’s (or the analyst’s team’s) coverage universe.] Underweight [Over the next six to twelve months, we expect this stock will underperform the average total return of the stocks in the analyst’s (or the analyst’s team’s) coverage universe.] J.P. Morgan Cazenove’s UK Small/Mid-Cap dedicated research analysts use the same rating categories; however, each stock’s expected total return is compared to the expected total return of the FTSE All Share Index, not to those analysts’ coverage universe. A list of these analysts is available on request. The analyst or analyst’s team’s coverage universe is the sector and/or country shown on the cover of each publication. See below for the specific stocks in the certifying analyst(s) coverage universe. Coverage Universe: Imran Khan: AOL Inc. (AOL), Amazon.com (AMZN), Blue Nile (NILE), Dice Holdings, Inc. (DHX), Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA), Expedia, Inc. (EXPE), Google (GOOG), IAC/InterActive Corp. (IACI), MediaMind (MDMD), MercadoLibre, Inc. (MELI), Netflix Inc (NFLX), News Corporation, Inc. (NWSA), Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (OWW), Priceline.com (PCLN), QuinStreet, Inc. (QNST), ReachLocal (RLOC), Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY), The Walt Disney Co. (DIS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom Inc (VIAb), Yahoo Inc (YHOO), eBay, Inc (EBAY) 7
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