Last week eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe got a call from investor Carl Icahn. Mr. Icahn is a new eBay Inc. shareholder who is pretty excited about the potential of PayPal (we are, too). In fact, he thinks PayPal would be even better as a separate company.
We have tremendous respect for Mr. Icahn, so if he wants to talk with us, we’re happy to listen—just like we’ll do with all of our shareholders. Spinning off PayPal as a separate company from eBay Inc. is not a new idea. In fact, eBay’s management team and board routinely explore all of the company’s strategic options. And based on everything the company and board see today, we continue to believe that shareholders and customers are best served by keeping PayPal and eBay together.
Why? No other payments competitor has achieved PayPal’s success – because no other competitor has a commerce platform like eBay. PayPal is successful precisely because we are part of eBay Inc., not in spite of it. eBay Inc. has helped drive our success for more than a decade, and we continue to believe we’re far more valuable together.
There are three main reasons: first, eBay accelerates PayPal’s success; second, eBay data makes PayPal smarter; and third, eBay funds PayPal’s growth. Being part of eBay Inc. gives PayPal access to an enormously valuable global customer base, it provides a source of low-cost capital that lets us aggressively fund growth and innovation in areas such as mobile and credit, as well as helping us acquire companies such as Braintree to enhance our competitive position. And being part of eBay Inc. enables us to broadly leverage the company’s technology capabilities, data, commerce platforms and relationships with retailers, brands and large merchants worldwide. We’re committed to making paying easier, and shopping more fun.
Strong synergies have always existed between PayPal and eBay. If and when these synergies run their course, the company and board will do what’s best for our business, our customers and our shareholders.
But today we strongly believe that PayPal is more competitive, more agile and more successful when combined with eBay. We are better together. Everyone at PayPal is committed to remaining focused on driving innovation and creating the future of commerce.
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