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PayPal’s Margin Pressure, Flattish Earnings Outlook Shocks Market; Fair Value Estimate Reduced

publication date: Feb 2, 2022
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Image Shown: PayPal Holdings Inc grew at a robust pace in 2021 though its margin outlook is not as promising as once believed. Image Source: PayPal Holdings Inc – Fourth Quarter of 2021 earnings press release. 

PayPal is a solid enterprise supported by its pristine balance sheet, strong free cash flows, and promising revenue growth outlook. The proliferation of e-commerce provides PayPal will a powerful secular tailwind to capitalize on. However, PayPal’s operating leverage is not what it once appeared to be, and that weighs negatively on its margin expansion potential. As noted previously, we have fine-tuned our cash flow valuation model on the company, and now value shares at $160 on a point fair value estimate basis. We continue to include PayPal as an idea in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio for the time being (as we evaluate the next few quarters). PayPal's refreshed stock page and report will be available shortly.

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