BofA Credit Card Unit Continues to Plug Along in Q1 – Charge-Offs Up

Bank of America, the nation’s third largest Visa and MasterCard issuer, continued to struggle in the first quarter (1Q/17) with sluggish outstandings (OUT) and purchase dollar volume (PDV) growth, but other metrics, except charge-offs, remain fairly stable, according to CardData. Pre-tax net income edged up 1.1% YOY to $1224 million in 1Q/17, compared to $1290…

Bank Credit Card Delinquency Slowly Rears its Ugly Head Again

More evidence mounts showing credit card delinquency is steadily rising. The bank credit card default rate recorded a 3.31% rate in March, up nine basis points from February. This is the fifth consecutive month for the ratio to rise. The S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, shows…

Costco Card Drives Citi PDV Higher and Profits Lower in Q1

Citibank North America branded credit card purchase dollar volume (PDV) continued to soar in the first quarter (1Q/17), however net income dropped sharply, both driven by the 2016 Costco acquisition, according to CardData. North America Citi-branded card revenue increased 12.7% YOY to $2096 million for 1Q/17, compared to $2213 million in the prior quarter and $1860…

Sapphire Reserve Card Acquisition Costs Still Dog Chase in Q1

Chase, the nation’s largest bank credit card issuer, continued to post double-digit year-on-year (YOY) growth in purchase dollar volume (PDV) in the first quarter (1Q/17) while YOY growth in outstandings (OUT) remained in the mid-single digits. Card income remained depressed in the quarter due to higher new account origination costs and provisions to offset rising…

Major U.S. Issuer Outstandings Up Double-Digits Thanks to American Express & Costco

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S.  issuers gained 10.9% in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) year-on-year (YOY) to $417.2 billion, according to CardData. The gain was driven largely by Citibank as its acquisition of the Costco card portfolio from American Express has skyrocketed outstandings. BofA was unseated as the nation’s second…