Today online payments and auctions giant eBay posted third quarter revenues of $3.4 billion and earnings per share of $0.55. Analysts had expected earnings per share of 54 cents on revenues of $3.41 billion. A whisper estimate of $0.56 was also in circulation.

The company met those exceptions, slipping on revenues, but exceeding on earnings. On the day, the company’s stock was roughly flat, losing some altitude at the end of trading hours before heading to equilibrium  In after hours trading the company is down just under 1% at the time of writing. Before the release of its earnings today, eBay was worth in excess of $60 billion.

Here’s how PayPal, a key eBay component, performed:

PayPal delivered a strong third quarter performance. It ended the quarter with 117.4 million active registered accounts, a 14% increase over the third quarter of 2011. Revenue increased 23% year over year and net total payment volume (TPV) grew 20% year over year to $35.2 billion.

It’s not hard to see that PayPal’s strong performance was a driver in the quarter’s total increases, on a year over year basis.

On a year over year basis, eBay grew its GAAP revenue 15% and its net income 22%. The company generated $1.2 billion in cash, and had a free cash flow of $792 million in the quarter.

eBay updated its full-year 2012 financial performance from [July figures]:

Full year 2012 — eBay expects net revenues in the range of $13,800 - $14,100 million, which is unchanged from the amounts in the company’s July 18, 2012 earnings release. However, eBay now expects GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.89 – $1.94 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.28 – $2.33.

To:

Full year 2012 — eBay now expects net revenues in the range of $13,950 – $14,100 million with GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.95 – $1.99 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share in the range of $2.32 – $2.35.

The only key shifts are that the GAAP diluted EPS figure is now a bit higher, and the low end of its revenue band has been raised.

This quarter was no blowout for the company. However, its performance was solid. How investors will reward or ding the company will unfold in the next few hours. The company initially fell over 1.5%, but has since recovered. Investors appear to be unskittish thus far about the performance of this last quarter for the firm.

What follows is the full eBay release:

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–eBay Inc., a global commerce platform and payments company (Nasdaq: EBAY), today reported that revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 increased 15% to $3.4 billion, compared to the same period of 2011. The company reported third quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $597 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $718 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. GAAP and non-GAAP net income were up 22% and 14%, respectively, year over year due primarily to strong top-line growth. Segment margin in each of our three business segments expanded on a year-over-year basis.

“We had a great third quarter across our company, with Marketplaces and PayPal accelerating customer growth,” said John Donahoe, eBay Inc. President and CEO. “Mobile continues to be a game changer for us, and we continue to be a clear leader in mobile commerce and payments. With our strong portfolio and global reach, we are consistently demonstrating our capabilities to help consumers shop anytime, anywhere. And we are enabling retailers of all sizes to compete in a rapidly evolving, multichannel commerce environment.”

PayPal delivered a strong third quarter performance. It ended the quarter with 117.4 million active registered accounts, a 14% increase over the third quarter of 2011. Revenue increased 23% year over year and net total payment volume (TPV) grew 20% year over year to $35.2 billion. PayPal continues to innovate on a global scale while expanding its addressable market to offline. PayPal’s offline initiative is following a three-pronged approach: soliciting direct merchant relationships; partnering with Discover to access its 7 million retail locations in the United States; and using a direct and indirect approach to distribute its small business payment solution, PayPal Here, both domestically and internationally.

Marketplaces delivered another strong quarter with accelerating user growth. Gross merchandise volume (GMV), excluding vehicles, increased 11% year over year to $16 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Marketplaces revenue increased 9% year over year, driven by strong growth in the United States and Asia Pacific. Active user growth continued to accelerate during the quarter, reaching 10% year over year, the fastest growth since 2007, with 800,000 new users coming from mobile. This helped boost sold items growth, which was up 19% year over year in the third quarter of 2012. U.S. GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 16% year over year, while International GMV, excluding vehicles, increased 8% year over year, in both cases driven by investment in the customer experience, growth of mobile as a channel and continued strong performance in key verticals. Downloads of eBay’s suite of mobile apps have now surpassed 100 million globally, becoming an increasing point of differentiation and engagement.

GSI revenue increased 12% year over year to $226 million, driven primarily by a 16% year over year increase in global ecommerce (GeC) merchandise sales. Same store sales grew 19% year over year, reflecting strong ecommerce sales from retail clients. GSI is winning new clients and bringing eBay’s innovative technology solutions and services to merchants of all sizes.

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