The PayPal shares rallied 5.64 percent on February 25 (Friday) to $110.94 and proved to be a favorable trading session. It closed at $199.22 below its 52-week high of July 26 last year. It outperformed Visa, Mastercard, American Express and other rivals.
The Visa was up by 0.91 percent on Friday and Mastercard rose by 0.08 percent. The American Express shares rose by 2.85 percent.
PayPal reported its last year's fourth quarter earnings that ended in December on February 1. The EPS profits were $1.11 while analysts had estimated $1.12. The revenues were reported to grow by 13.1 percent YoY to $6.92bn while the estimation of analysts was $6.89bn.
It added 49 million active users during the period and the total transactions were a record 5.33 billion. The transactions per active account jumped by 11 percent to 45 and PayPal managed to generate $5.4 billion in annual free cash flow.
CEO Dan Schulman stated that 2021 was one of the strongest years for the company in its history as the revenue was up by 18 percent to $25.4 billion and the EPS jumped 19 percent to $4.60.
He added that the current year could be a year of transformation driven by lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PayPal is an American multinational online payments system company that supports online money transfer and serves as an alternative to money orders, checks and other traditional paper methods. It operates as a payment processor for vendors who are conducting businesses online including auction sites and charges a fee on transactions.
The company was founded in 1998 and then named Confinity. It went public in 2002 and later the same year became a wholly-owned subsidiary of eBay. It was valued at $1.5 billion. However, it became an independent company again in 2015 and ranked 134th on the Fortune 500 list in 2021 as the largest United States corporation by revenue.
PayPal is headquartered in the North San Jose Innovation District of San Jose in California. It has an operation center in La Vista, Nebraska. The company is operating in European Union since July 2007 and is headquartered in Luxembourg for the region.
PayPal platform is currently being used in over 200 countries with respect to various conditions. In China, it operates in partnership with Baidu and it complies with the Reserve Bank of India regulations in India. It is not available in Palestine and Palestinians cannot access it across Gaza and the West Bank.