British Consumer Credit Card Debt Continues to Accelerate 9%+ Year-on-Year

U.K. consumer credit continued to expand at a brisk pace in November, topping 10% year-on-year (YOY). In November total consumer credit grew to £192.2 billion. The three-month annualized and twelve-month growth rates, seasonally adjusted (SA), were 11.4% and 10.8% respectively. The Bank of England (BOE) reports consumer credit increased by £1.9 billion in November, in…

GPN Heartland Merger Expense Synergies Pays-Off Big Time in Fourth Quarter

Atlanta-based Global Payments (GPN) reported fourth calendar quarter (4Q/16) [fiscal second quarter ending 11/30/16] gross revenues grew 30.4% year-on-year (YOY), while net income declined 37.2% YOY. Revenues for North America increased 16.1% YOY. GPN says the particularly strong performance was driven by the integrated payments businesses, OpenEdge and Ezidebit, and from its software led solutions…

Discover Card Portfolio Remains Solid – However Card Investments Edge Up

While not exploding, Discover’s (DFS) credit card portfolio continues to stay in positive territory. Year-on-year (YOY) growth in the third quarter (3Q/16) was limited to single digits, as delinquency edged upward. Discover’s total revenue rose 5.2% YOY to $2301 million for 3Q/16, compared to $2216 million in the prior quarter and $2188 million for the…

Visa Mastercard CIF Up 8% YOY Driven by Costco Card Conversions

U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 7.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/16), according to CardData.com. U.S. credit cards increased 11.2% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 5.1% YOY, in 3Q/16. There are were 1249 million Visa and Mastercard payment cards in circulation in the U.S.…

Visa Sets U.S. PDV YOY Record as GAC/CIF YOY Hovers Near 10%

Visa’s U.S. payment card (credit+debit) purchase dollar volume (PDV), for the third quarter (3Q/16), logged its highest year-on-year (YOY) gain in more than three year. Even though the big Visa issuers struggle with stagnant growth in accounts (GAC) and cards-in-force (CIF), Visa continues to hover near double-digits YOY. Visa’s U.S. gross dollar volume (GDV) increased…