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February 21, 2014
11:03 EDTSALE, GRPN, RLOC, EBAYGroupon plunges after forecasting losses in current quarter
Shares of Groupon (GRPN), a local e-commerce marketplace which offers discounted goods and services, are falling after the company’s first quarter profit forecast significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Groupon reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 4c and revenue of $768.4M, compared to expectations of 2c and $718M, respectively. At the end of Q4, on average, active deals in North America were approximately 80,000, compared with more than 65,000 at the end of Q3. Active customers grew 9% year-over-year, to 44.9M as of December 31, 2013. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast first quarter losses per share 2c-4c, which was far below expectations of 6c per share in earnings. Revenue for Q1 was seen at $710M-$760M, versus consensus of $668.6M. Groupon said it expects one-time costs related to the integration of its recent acquisitions, specifically as it consolidates Ticket Monster with its Korean business, and anticipates approximately $25M of additional investment in marketing and other growth initiatives to drive adoption of the marketplace. Together, in Q1, newly-acquired LivingSocial Korea and Ideeli are expected to contribute approximately $50M to revenue and have an approximately $20M negative impact on adjusted EBITDA, Groupon said. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firm RBC Capital downgraded Groupon to Underperform from Sector Perform after the company's 2014 EBITDA guidance came in significantly below expectations and it reported that its billings growth rates had deteriorated in Q4. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $7 from $11. Conversely, Piper Jaffray said Groupon’s quarter was “not as bad as it looks.” The firm attributed the post-earnings pullback in shares of Groupon to the company's North America local billings decelerating to 2% year-over-year growth and it’s weaker than expected earnings guidance. Piper kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $15 price target. The firm believes Groupon remains well positioned to build a deal marketplace, Piper added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Groupon dropped $1.73, or 16.9%, to $8.55 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s slide, the stock is up by approximately 48% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: eBay (EBAY) owns an online marketplace with a significant mobile presence. RetailMeNot (SALE) operates a digital coupon marketplace. ReachLocal (RLOC) owns DealOn Media, a local deals company.
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March 30, 2015
05:40 EDTEBAYStubHub files antitrust lawsuit against TIcketmaster, Golden State Warriors
StubHub, an eBay (EBAY) company, has filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster (LYV) and the Golden State Warriors’ front office. As stated in the Complaint, StubHub seeks to stop unfair and illegal anti-competitive business practices that prevent fans from deciding how they want to resell their tickets and which artificially drive up ticket prices. The complaint recounts that Ticketmaster and the Warriors’ front office broke our nation’s antitrust law and California law against unfair competition by cancelling fans’ regular-season and playoff-game tickets when those fans chose to use StubHub and other competitive exchanges to resell tickets. In many more cases, the Complaint says, Ticketmaster and the Warriors’ front office broke the law by unlawfully threatening fans with cancellation to force them to use Ticketmaster’s resale exchange exclusively. StubHub strives to compete fairly, ensuring that fans only pay market-driven prices based on actual supply and demand. We believe fans, not front-office executives, have the right to decide how – and for how much – resale tickets will be bought and sold. According to the lawsuit, despite repeated requests by StubHub, the Warriors and Ticketmaster executives allegedly refused to play fair, to respect the fans, and to obey the law. StubHub’s only option therefore remains to seek relief in federal court to stop these anticompetitive business practices. StubHub simply wants Ticketmaster and the Warriors' front office to embrace competitive efforts rather than monopoly tactics.
March 26, 2015
06:05 EDTEBAYPayPal agrees to $7.7M settlement over sanction violations, AP says
eBay's PayPal has agreed to a $7.7M settlement with U.S. regulators who alleged the company allowed violations of sanctions against Iran, Cuba, and Sudan, reports the Associated Press, citing statements by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. The agency claimed PayPal failed to properly screen certain payments that occurred from October 2009 to April 2013. Reference Link
March 25, 2015
15:24 EDTEBAYU.S. Treasury says PayPal to pay $7.7M on sanctions violations, Dow Jones says
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10:00 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:24 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:15 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich
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March 23, 2015
09:16 EDTEBAYeBay says making 'solid' progress on separation of PayPal
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09:16 EDTEBAYeBay adds two independent directors in preparation for PayPal separation
eBay (EBAY) announced the appointment of two new independent directors in anticipation of completing its previously announced separation of eBay and PayPal. Tony Bates, President of GoPro (GPRO), and Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, have been appointed to eBay Inc.’s board of directors. eBay also announced that current directors William C. Ford and Richard T. Schlosberg, who have served for 10 years and 11 years, respectively, have advised the company that they do not plan to stand for re-election to the board at the 2015 Annual Meeting. With the appointment of Bates and McGovern, eBay's board currently is comprised of 17 directors, 15 of whom are independent. Following the company’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 1, eBay’s board will be comprised of 15 directors, 13 of whom will be independent. Additionally, eBay announced that Jonathan Christodoro has been elected to its board as part of the previously announced standstill agreement with Carl Icahn, the company’s largest active shareholder.
March 19, 2015
11:18 EDTEBAYeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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10:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:42 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
11:24 EDTEBAYeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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March 17, 2015
08:45 EDTEBAYeBay marketplaces GMV to accelerate in 2H15, says Bernstein
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay launches Sotheby's live auctions experience
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06:42 EDTEBAYeBay to start selling Sotheby items today, NY Times says
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