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eBay Gives Lackluster Forecast Following Management Shakeup

Spencer Soper

(Bloomberg) -- EBay Inc. issued a lackluster revenue and earnings forecast, showing that problems with stagnant growth persist following a management shakeup last year and the sale of its tickets marketplace, StubHub.

Earnings in the current quarter will be 50 to 53 cents a share on sales of $2.55 to $2.60 billion, the company said Tuesday. The forecast missed analysts’ average estimates of 71 cents a share on revenue of $2.64 billion.

The San Jose-based company reported fourth-quarter revenue of $2.8 billion and profit excluding some costs of 81 cents per share, beating analysts’ average estimates of 75 cents a share.

Years of stagnant sales growth have diminished EBay’s position in an online commerce market that’s dominated in the U.S. by Amazon.com Inc. Activist investors Elliott Management Corp. and Starboard Value last year began pushing for changes at EBay including shedding ticket-resale site StubHub and the classified ads business.

Devin Wenig, who clashed with the activists as chief executive officer, was ousted in September after failing to expand the marketplace platform and opposing the sale of businesses. In November, EBay announced the sale of StubHub to Switzerland’s Viagogo for $4.05 billion. Scott Schenkel, previously chief financial officer, has been serving as interim CEO since Wenig’s departure.

EBay reported gross merchandise volume, the value of all goods sold on its platforms, of $23.3 billion, down 5% from a year earlier and its fourth-straight decline.

“It’s more of the same in terms of slowing growth,” said Victor Anthony, an analyst at Aegis Capital Corp. “The headwinds are still there.”

The shares fell about 2.5% in extended trading on Tuesday, after closing in New York at $36.21. They have gained about 6% over the past 12 months, compared with a 24% increase in the S&P 500 Index.

(Updates with analyst’s quote)

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