Feeds

eBay cuts jobs, buys credit firm

Credit? What could possibly go wrong?

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

eBay is laying off 1,000 staff and getting rid of hundreds of temporary positions at the same time as it buys three companies.

The job cuts will come at eBay offices around the world, and will cost the firm between $70m and $80m.

John Donahoe, the online tat house's chief executive, said of the redundancies: “While never an easy decision to make, these reductions will help improve our operations and strengthen our ability to continue investing in growth.”

In other news, eBay has paid $945m for an online credit firm called Bill Me Later - $820m of this is in cash and $125m in outstanding options. eBay is also buying two Danish classified firms - dba.dk and bilbasen.dk for $390m in cash.

eBay said Bill Me Later was a natural partner to PayPal. The company provides instant credit to consumers shopping online. When you get to the checkout of one of the 1,000 online shops which accept it, you can enter your birthday and the last four digits of your social security number instead of paying by credit card. It uses its "sophisticated underwriting techniques and credit decision model" to approve shoppers in seconds.

Bill Me Later will then send you a monthly bill which you can pay by cheque. It aims to attract the large number of shoppers who are nervous of using their credit cards online. Investors in Bill Me Later include Citgroup, Amazon and Equifax.

eBay expects the deal to bring in $150m in revenues in 2009 but to dilute GAAP earnings by $0.13 per share for the year. eBay predicts it should add to earnings by 2011.

The Danish classified sites are added to eBay's stable of similar websites including Kijiji and Gumtree. The firm claims an online classified presence in 20 countries.

eBay's SEC filings are available from here.

eBay said it expects to hit the bottom end of targets for sales for the third quarter - full results will be announced 15 October. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.