eBay Takes Care of Housekeeping Related to Sale of Classifieds

eBay Takes Care of Housekeeping Related to Sale of Classifieds Business

eBay took care of some housekeeping business on Thursday related to the sale of its Classifieds business to Adevinta that the two companies had announced in the third quarter.

This press release from July 21 explains the $9.2 billion deal with Adevinta in which, “As part of the transaction, eBay will receive $2.5 billion in cash and approximately 540 million Adevinta shares which would represent an equity stake of approximately 44% based on the number of Adevinta’s outstanding shares, as of the end of the second quarter, and a ~33.3% voting stake.”

October 1st marks the first day of eBay’s fiscal fourth quarter, and it posted the following press release detailing its filing with the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission):

eBay Inc. To Report Classifieds Business as Discontinued Operations and Releases Updated Historical Financials

During the third quarter of 2020, eBay Inc. announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to transfer its Classifieds business to Adevinta and determined that it met the criteria for the classification of held-for-sale accounting and discontinued operations.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2020 —

During the third quarter of 2020, eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to transfer its Classifieds business to Adevinta and determined that it met the criteria for the classification of held-for-sale accounting and discontinued operations. Accordingly, Classifieds’ financial results will be reflected in eBay’s condensed consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations beginning in the third quarter of 2020. Please refer to the 8-K filed today for a restatement of historical financial results.

Cautions Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Such forward-looking statements are often identified by words such as “anticipate,” “approximate,” “believe,” “commit,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “hope,” “intend,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “potential,” “should,” “would,” “will” and other similar words or expressions. Such forward-looking statements reflect eBay’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and actual events may differ materially from historical results or current expectations. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks, assumptions and other factors, many of which are outside the control of eBay. The forward-looking statements in this document address a variety of subjects including, for example, the closing of the transaction pursuant to which eBay will transfer certain subsidiaries which operate its Classifieds business (the “Transaction”) and the potential benefits of the Transaction. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the possibility that regulatory and other approvals and conditions to the Transaction are not received or satisfied on a timely basis or at all; the possibility that eBay may not fully realize the projected benefits of the Transaction; changes in the anticipated timing for closing the Transaction; business disruption during the pendency of or following the Transaction; diversion of management time on Transaction-related issues; the reaction of customers and other persons to the Transaction; and other events that could adversely impact the completion of the Transaction, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other industry or economic conditions outside of our control. In addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to eBay’s overall business, including those more fully described in eBay’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this document speak only as of this date. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

You can find the press release on the eBayInc.com website.

Ina Steiner

Ina Steiner

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She’s a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of “Turn eBay Data Into Dollars” (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, “Blogging Heroes” (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.