Pardon my ignorance but i don't understand the term spin off in this sense. Ebay owns paypal now but wont after this is that correct? what compensation does ebay and its stock holders get for spinning off paypal. If they are not selling PayPal how do they make money from getting rid of it. If they are not making money why would they let this huge profitable part of the business go for free. can someone explain how the spin off works.
Its stock holders get an equal number of shares in the new company. So if you own 10 shares of ebay, you will now own 10 shares of ebay and 10 shares of paypal. You can then buy and sell each one independently of the other. For some companies, the whole company is greater than the sum of its parts. In this case, the powers that be (the board members), have decided that each one would be worth more on its own than bundled together.
This could be because they are interested in acquisition. It could be they are afraid want to take risks with one or both of them and are afraid of one hurting the other. And it could be for another reason entirely.
We don't know because the board has not told us the reason. However, they did manage to use quite a few words to not tell us thre reason:
In its recently completed review, the board concluded:
A changing competitive landscape creates enormous opportunities for eBay and PayPal; separation will create sharper strategic focus and better position each business to capitalize on those growth opportunities as independent companies. The pace of industry change and innovation in commerce and payments requires maximum flexibility to stay competitive and drive global leadership.
The benefits of the existing relationships between eBay and PayPal will naturally decline over time and can be optimized in arm's length operating agreements between the two entities. Arm's length operating agreements can formalize the existing relationships between the two companies and capture ongoing synergies.
This is the best path for delivering sustainable shareholder value. eBay is a leading global commerce platform that has benefited from PayPal, and PayPal is a strong, rapidly growing global payments leader because it has been part of eBay. But beyond 2015, eBay and PayPal will each benefit more and create greater value from the strategic focus, speed, flexibility and agility that come with being independent publicly traded companies.