Mastercard Globally OK But U.S. Business Spirals Down for Another Quarter

Mastercard’s U.S. purchase dollar volume (PDV) quarterly year-on-year (YOY) growth has been spiraling down this year tumbling for the fourth consecutive quarter to 2.5% in the first quarter (1Q/17), compared to 2.7% for 4Q/16, and 10.3% for 1Q/16, according to CardData. While overall Mastercard is solid globally its U.S. business is sinking fast. Mastercard reported…

Egypt’s Bee Mobile Wallet Integrates with the Mastercard Payments Ecosystem

Mastercard is adding Bee, the smart payment solutions provider in Egypt, as a key player to its interoperable mobile ecosystem. Bee is now fully integrated on Mastercard ecosystem to expand mobile wallets payments options. The relationship with Bee offers complete integrated solutions that allows mobile wallet users to pay directly through the application and avail…

All-Digital Payment Service Masterpass Inking Deals From Vending to Africa

Masterpass continues to expand globally reaching into the far corners of the world. Masterpass empowers issuing partners to deliver a bank-branded, all-digital payment solution. More than 80 million accounts have been automatically enabled through issuing partners as the service rolls out globally. The enhanced digital payment functionality helps issuers differentiate existing products, including mobile banking…

Global Payment Cards (V+MA+AXP+DFS) Tops 5 Billion Up 6% YOY

Global payment cards-in force (CIF) [credit + debit] grew by 19.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 4995 million. However, the figure for 4Q/16 includes 554 million for Visa Europe. (Visa added Visa Europe data as of 3Q/16.) Therefore, discounting Europe, the growth in global CIF was 6.0% YOY, adjusted, according to CardData.…

UK CMA Greenlights Mastercard Acquisition of VocaLink

The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has given its blessing to the Mastercard VocaLink deal. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks. A powerhouse in bank account-based payments, VocaLink’s…

Major 4 Network Adjusted PDV Up 6.5% YOY FX in Fourth Quarter

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 20.0% year-on-year (YOY) on a nominal dollars basis for the fourth quarter (4Q/16). However, on a currency adjusted basis (FX), global 4Q/16 PDV increased 20.7% YOY, according to CardData. The fourth quarter PDV figures are skewed as Visa…

Visa Credit Cards Drive V+M Payment Card Purchase Transactions Growth

Purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 7.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 21.3 billion. The growth was driven by credit cards, and more specifically Visa, according to CardData. U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and MasterCard payment cards (debit+credit) hit 21,311 in 4Q/16, compared…

Mastercard and Soros to Catalyze & Accelerate Economic Development for Vulnerable

Mastercard has emerged as one of the world’s leader in financial inclusion initiatives and has now teamed up with Budapest-born investor George Soros to create Humanity Ventures. The enterprise could catalyze and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable communities around the world, especially refugees and migrants. Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga and George Soros met…