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Paypal smashes profit estimates & records strong first-quarter earnings

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Paypal sees profits soar above expectations

The past 12 months have seen a spike in online shopping like never before, and digital transactions have boosted payment volumes.

As consumers turn to eCommerce, Paypal has now seen great results.

PayPal has reported its strongest first quarter on record and has smashed profit estimates.

PayPal’s quarterly performance comes off the back of an equally strong 2020 for the payment platform, which also saw record levels of payment volumes.

PayPal processed a total of $285 billion in payments in the first quarter of 2021. That’s up 50% from a year earlier. Meanwhile, the company also added 14.5 million new active customers.

“Our strong first-quarter results demonstrate sustained momentum in our business as the world shifts into the digital economy,”

Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman

The company has been one of the many big winners of the COVID-19 pandemic. More people have used Paypal’s payment services to shop online and pay bills while staying indoors during lockdown periods.

PayPal says it expects to add 52–55 million net new active accounts in 2021.

In February, Paypal forecasted to receive an additional 50 million active users in 2021, that number now increasing.

According to Reuters, it also expects annual revenue and diluted earnings per share ahead of analyst estimates, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

PayPal reported a first-quarter net income of $1.22 per share. That far exceeded analysts’ estimates of $1.01 per share.

The rise of online shopping

Since the world was introduced to COVID-19 and governments right across the world had to lock down nations, many took to online as a way to do their shopping.

As the lockdowns played out in Australia, the boom in online shopping was revealed by Australia Post, which state that two million parcels were being delivered each day.

The national courier revealed during the peak months of COVID-19 in 2020, AusPost was pushed to capacity.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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How will Disney’s AI strategy boost shares?

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Activist investor Blackwells has called upon Disney to implement a robust artificial intelligence strategy aimed at bolstering the company’s shares.

“Disney must produce an artificial intelligence strategy, and share elements of that strategy with its shareholders.”, said Blackwells in a recent presentation.

New groove

Blackwells, known for pushing corporations to adopt innovative approaches, contends that a well-crafted AI strategy could drive shareholder value and position Disney for sustained success in the entertainment landscape.

The activist investor emphasises that harnessing the power of AI could optimise content creation, enhance customer experiences, and streamline operational efficiency within Disney.

Disney’s response

The company opposed the suggestion to replace board members with activists’ nominees, emphasising the potential disruption to ongoing progress.

Additionally, Disney disagreed with Blackwells’ proposal to spin off land and hotels into a real estate investment trust, arguing it reflected a misunderstanding of the synergies within its businesses.

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Boeing woes will lead to higher airfares: Ryanair

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Ryanair, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, is grappling with the possibility of scaling back its summer flight schedule due to ongoing delays in the delivery of Boeing aircraft.

The airline had initially anticipated a boost in its fleet with the arrival of new Boeing planes, enabling an expansion of routes and increased passenger capacity.

However, prolonged delays in the manufacturing and delivery process have cast a shadow over these plans.

Growing pains

The airline industry, already navigating challenges posed by the global pandemic, now confronts the additional hurdle of supply chain disruptions impacting major aircraft manufacturers.

Ryanair’s dependence on Boeing for its fleet expansion has made it particularly vulnerable to these delays.

As the summer travel season approaches, the airline faces the tough decision of either operating with a reduced fleet or adjusting its schedule, potentially impacting travel plans for passengers.

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Gender pay gap – Calls grow for accountability

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The unveiling of gender pay gaps within large Australian organisations marks a significant milestone for gender equality, but experts emphasise the urgent need for greater accountability and action from employers, asserts a University of South Australia researcher.

Professor Carol Kulik, an authority in workplace diversity, underscores the importance of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s release of gender pay gap data for large Australian employers as a pivotal step forward.

However, she stresses that the true impact of this revelation will hinge on the proactive measures taken by organizations to address and narrow the existing disparity.

The WGEA’s disclosure will shed light on gender pay gaps among private sector employers with 100 or more employees for the first time.

This move comes amid ongoing efforts to promote and enhance workplace gender equality.

Pay gap

According to the WGEA’s 2023 report, the average gender pay gap in Australia stands at 21.7%, translating to women earning an average of $26,393 less per year than their male counterparts.

Professor Kulik, a member of the SA Gender Pay Gap Taskforce, underscores the importance of further actions to ensure that organizations are held accountable for addressing pay gaps.

“We now must be asking employers important questions,” Professor Kulik asserts.

“In what roles and levels of employment are pay gaps most prevalent? How are employers supporting employees’ caring responsibilities? What measures are being implemented to facilitate women’s advancement into higher-paying roles? How soon can employers commit to closing their pay gaps?”

Tend to escalate

Highlighting the trajectory of pay gaps over time, Professor Kulik notes that initial disparities between men and women at the outset of their careers tend to escalate as pay rises are often calculated as a percentage of an employee’s current salary.

Career breaks and caregiving responsibilities further exacerbate these discrepancies, resulting in women retiring with significantly lower superannuation than men.

Drawing parallels from regulatory interventions in other countries, Professor Kulik underscores the unintended consequences that may arise.

For instance, while legislative mandates in Denmark narrowed the gender pay gap, they also prompted employers to compress salary distributions, impacting both male and female employees.

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