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  November 4th, 2023 | Written by

PayPal Stock Surges as Leaner Approach and Strong Forecast Offset Crypto Concerns

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In a significant market move, PayPal Holdings (PYPL.O) witnessed an increase of nearly $4 billion in its market value after announcing its commitment to becoming a “leaner” organization. This announcement resonated with investors, who were unfazed by the revelation of a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to its stablecoin.

The company’s stock closed nearly 7% higher at $55.06 on Thursday, driven by a robust full-year profit forecast that eased concerns about a potential spending slowdown.

PayPal’s new CEO, Alex Chriss, succinctly outlined the company’s approach, stating, “Simply put, our cost base remains too high.” He emphasized that PayPal would realign its resources to focus on its “most profitable growth priorities.”

The positive outlook provided by the company highlights the resilience of consumers’ financial health. Despite an uncertain economic climate, consumers continue to sustain their spending habits.

Analysts were impressed with Chriss’s vision for the company. J.P. Morgan analyst Tien-tsin Huang noted, “Chriss struck the right note and articulated well the challenges facing the company and described a sound framework for improving growth and profitability.” Similarly, brokerage William Blair expressed encouragement about management’s focus on profitable growth.

Meanwhile, the SEC’s subpoena indicates the regulator’s ongoing scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry, despite a recent setback in a high-profile court case involving digital asset manager Grayscale Investments. PayPal has confirmed its cooperation with the SEC’s Enforcement Division, which has requested the production of relevant documents.

Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency with a value tied to a stable asset, designed to shield investors from the extreme price fluctuations often seen in the crypto market. In August, PayPal made history by becoming the first major financial technology firm to adopt digital currencies for payments and transfers, including the introduction of its own dollar-backed stablecoin.

In a separate development on Thursday, PayPal announced the appointment of Archie Deskus as its new chief technology officer, a move that follows the recent appointment of Jamie Miller as its new finance chief. These executive appointments signal the company’s commitment to navigating the evolving financial landscape and ensuring strong leadership in its key roles.