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‘Not pursuing acquisition of Pinterest at this time’: PayPal amid rumours

Online funds big PayPal has stated it isn’t searching for to purchase Pinterest, ending days of hypothesis that had prompted shares within the image-sharing web site to soar.

Bloomberg had reported final week that the 2 California-based firms had been discussing an acquisition worth of $70 per share, which might worth Pinterest at about $44 billion considering the entire excellent shares.

At this worth it could have been the most important ever acquisition of a social media company, however experiences at the time had stated a deal was not sure.

PayPal stated in an announcement late Sunday that “in response to market rumors regarding a potential acquisition of Pinterest by PayPal”, the company “is not pursuing an acquisition of Pinterest at this time”.

PayPal’s shares rose 6.7 per cent to $256.50 in premarket buying and selling on Monday, whereas Pinterest was down 10.8 per cent to $51.80.

Launched in 2009, Pinterest is a well-liked supply of visible inspiration for all the things from marriage ceremony planning to recipes and residential ornament.

The web site went public in 2019 and had revenues of $1.69 billion in 2020, up 48 p.c.

But like many social networks it’s trying to increase site visitors in addition to the monetization of its content material.

Pinterest final week introduced a variety of new options, together with a TikTok-like video feed known as “Watch” supposed to assist customers uncover new content material.

It additionally introduced a $20 million fund to pay creators, as social media giants battle to draw high-profile web personalities who will draw customers to the positioning.

PayPal has in the meantime been trying to develop via acquisitions, asserting the acquisition of Paidy, a Japanese specialist in credit score purchases on-line, in early September.

The company has greater than doubled its market capitalisation because of the explosion of on-line commerce through the pandemic, and now exceeds $300 billion.

Buying Pinterest would have consolidated its position in e-commerce, as consumers more and more look to purchase objects on-line that they’ve found by way of social media websites like Instagram.

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