PayPal shares jump 5.4 percent on day after eBay separation

Payments system company's shares rise to $40.47 after company officially splits from eBay

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

PayPal shares jumped in the company's first day as a separate and publicly traded company, with the firm outlining plans to capitalise on the rise of mobile payments and the growing digitisation of money.

The payments system company officially split with eBay Inc. on Friday, 10 months after the then partners announced that they were going their separate ways.

PayPal processed $235 billion in total payment volume last year and logged a revenue of about $8 billion.

Trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the stock ticker "PYPL," its shares jumped $2.08, or 5.4 percent, to $40.47 on Monday.

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and employees rung in the opening bell on the Nasdaq, while the company gave out food through food trucks in Times Square and posted passers-by’s photos on Nasdaq's seven-story digital billboard to commemorate the listing.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Schulman said that being an independent company gives PayPal the ability to work with companies that might have hesitated before the split due to its association with eBay.

"One of the big advantages for us is truly we now are world's leading neutral third-party payments provider and that will allow us the opportunity to partner with a number of companies across the world who before the separation either directly competed with eBay or had a perceived potential conflict with eBay," he said. "And now we are free to work with any of them."

But similar to before the separation, the company's focus is to grow its relationship with merchants and consumers, he added.

"We want to be much more than a proprietary button on merchants' websites," he said. "We want to be a full-services partner to them as they look to use mobile tech to create more intimate relationship with their customers."

PayPal plans to grow market share in online and mobile payments, as well as in-store payments, he said.

"As we see the proliferation of mobile devices and the digitisation of money explode across the world, we have an opportunity to follow those trends very naturally in the online space and in the app space, and now to the in-store experience," he said.

Shares of eBay - based in San Jose in California - rose 67 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $28.57.