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PayPal: “We are now one of the top 5 lenders to small businesses in the United States”

February 2, 2022
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paypalPayPal’s Q4 earnings report failed to mention its small business lending division, but an internal assessment of its Working Capital product was made known through a recent interview published by McKinsey.

“Through our PayPal Working Capital product, we are now one of the top five lenders to small businesses in the United States,” said Franz Paasche, PayPal’s SVP, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at PayPal. “Seventy percent of those PayPal Working Capital loans are going into regions of the country where banks have pulled out, sometimes for good economic reasons,” he continued.

Despite the self-reported achievement, the company’s attention is now focused in a different sector of lending altogether, in the rapidly expanding consumer market known as Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL).

“Buy Now, Pay Later is a perfect example of the type of investment we are making to give shoppers and retailers more reasons to engage with PayPal,” said CEO Dan Schulman during the company’s recent earnings call. “Buy Now, Pay Later is available in 8 markets, including with Paidy in Japan. We continue to see rapid consumer adoption, with $3.2 billion of Buy Now, Pay Later TPV in Q4 alone, a $13 billion run-rate, with Q4 growth of over 325% year-over-year. We have processed 54 million loans globally since launch, with 13 million unique consumers and 1.2 million merchants using our Buy Now, Pay Later services.”

PayPal’s stock plummeted by 20% after earnings were released that was connected to challenges unrelated to lending facing the company.

PayPal’s Lending Increases

November 8, 2021
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paypal buildingPayPal was mum about its working capital loan products in the latest quarterly earnings report, but clues lie in an important line item, Loans and interest receivable. The figure has historically been closely correlated with originations. PayPal reported $3.7B in those receivables at the end of Q3, up from $3.2B in Q2 and up from $2.77B at the end of Q4 2020.

The number was close to $4B at the end of 2019 so the figures represent a return to previous levels.

In the earnings call, PayPal CFO John Rainey said “growth in our short-term installment pay portfolio was the primary driver of this increase.” Rainey appeared to be referring to its Buy-Now-Pay-Later product.

Separately, PayPal announced that Venmo users should be able to pay for purchases on Amazon beginning next year.

This page has been updated to reflect the CFO’s statements that the increase was driven by short-term installment lending.

PayPal Originated ~$2.6B in Funding During 2020

May 10, 2021
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paypal buildingPayPal reported originating a total of about $2.6B in capital for U.S. SMBs in 2020, which doesn’t include the more than $2B in PPP loans it arranged.

“PayPal delivered record performance in 2020 as businesses of all sizes have digitized in the wake of the pandemic,” Dan Schulman, President and CEO, said.

Exact origination figures are hard to track through the firm’s quarterly reports. The Working Capital product is only mentioned in passing. At the outset of the pandemic, PayPal reported that they helped merchants by “Granting deferral of repayments on business loans and cash advances at no additional cost.”

Throughout the remainder of the year, PayPal was echoing the problems of the industry and slowed down funding as a whole. In the 2021 first quarter call, John Rainey the CFO Global Customer Operations, said that the firm “Tightened underwriting and strong repayment activity contributed to lower balances in our merchant loan portfolio.”

PayPal’s origination volume fell relative to their 2019 estimate.

PayPal Enables Purchasing With Bitcoin

March 30, 2021
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paypal buildingPayPal launched Checkout with Crypto, allowing users to use Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, or Bitcoin Cash to checkout at more than 29 million PayPal merchants.

“As the use of digital payments and digital currencies accelerates, the introduction of Checkout with Crypto continues our focus on driving mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies,” CEO and President Dan Schulman said. “Enabling cryptocurrencies to make purchases at businesses around the world is the next chapter in driving the ubiquity and mass acceptance of digital currencies.”

The transactions will be settled in cash by PayPal automatically, and the firm said it does not plan on holding the coins and will likely sell the balance off. PayPal had previously offered to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrencies on their platform through a partnership with Paxos Trust Company.

PayPal said it added crypto purchasing to engage more customers with online merchants and make their purchasing platform more accessible.

How will the transactions be taxed? The terms and conditions state that PayPal will provide 1099 forms and report to the IRS, but “it is your responsibility to determine what taxes, if any, apply to transactions you make.”

A lot of Crypto news happened at once. Yesterday, Visa announced a USD Coin program, aiming to allow transactions to be settled through a stable coin backed by the USD.

Earnings Week: PayPal

February 3, 2021
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PayPal held their earnings results for Q4, describing its strongest year in history by chief executive Dan Schulman.

In Q4 alone, PayPal added 16 million net new million active customers and 1.4 million new merchants and raised $6 billion in revenue. That brings the total to 377 million new users for the entire year.

After adding cryptocurrency to the platform, Schulman said that users that bought virtual assets log in twice as frequently as they did before.

“We have seen an exceptional response to pour crypto launch,” Schulmann said. “The crypto volume traded on our platform greatly exceeded our projections.”

The payments by-now-pay-later product added raised $750 million in the last quarter.

PayPal Still Leads in Unsecured Small Business Lending

November 12, 2020
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PayPal recently disclosed the dollar amount of receivables it had “purchased” between its working capital and business loan program for the first 3 combined quarters of 2020. The figure was $1.5B, down by more than half from over the same period last year. That would seem to suggest that the actual origination figure is probably $1.3B, which is still larger than some of its closest competitors. Numbers from rivals like Kabbage (recently acquired by Amex) and Amazon were not readily available.

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Company Q1 2020 Q2 Q3 YTD TOTAL
PayPal $1.3B
OnDeck $592M $66M $144M $806M
Square Capital $548M $0 $155M $703M
Shopify Capital $162.4M $153M $252.1M $567.5M

PayPal Appoints New Chief Accounting Officer

June 17, 2020
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PayPal promoted Jeffrey Karbowski from Global Controller to Chief Accounting Officer. Karbowski is also the company’s vice-president. His new position takes effect on July 31, 2020.

Karbowski has been with the company since 2013.

Amazon Says Browser Extension No Longer Secure, Just After PayPal Acquired It

January 13, 2020
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Last week Politico reporter Ryan Hutchins noted on Twitter that Amazon has been alerting its website users who had installed Honey that the browser extension is no longer safe. The extension, which searches the web for sales coupons for items in your checkout basket and automatically applies them, was recently acquired by PayPal for $4 billion. The deal was agreed upon in November and completed last week. According to Hutchins, such warnings have been viewed by Amazon customers since just before Christmas.

AmazonHaving been compatible for years without any security warnings from Amazon, critics have now raised the question over whether this was intentionally done to level competition between the two tech giants. Honey makes a profit by charging retailers a percentage of the sales made with the coupons that it finds, and with this now under PayPal’s umbrella, Amazon may no longer be comfortable taking that hit. Especially when its own Amazon Assistant offers a similar experience.

Speaking to The Verge, an Amazon spokesperson said that “Our goal is to warn customers about browser extensions that collect personal shopping data without their knowledge or consent.” A charge against Honey that did not seem to stick for Hutchins, who continued on Twitter with, “That’s how all browser extensions work – including Amazon’s own extension.”

During the summer, a security vulnerability was found in the browser extension only to be quickly patched. Following the coverage of this latest security warning, a Honey spokesperson stated to Wired that “We only use data in ways that directly benefit Honey members – helping people save money and time – and in ways they would expect … Our commitment is clearly spelled out in our privacy and security policy.”

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