V+MA+AXP+DFS Q1 U.S. CC GDV – V +20% AXP -6%

Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards (CC) in the U.S. climbed 9.4% year-on-year (YOY) in 1Q/17 reaching $793 billion, according to CardData. Visa led the way in the first quarter posting a 19.8% YOY gain for U.S. GDV, offsetting the American Express decline. Visa reported first quarter U.S.…

V+MA Q1 Canada PDV Solid Double-Digits FX YOY Growth Driven by MA

Purchase dollar volume (PDV) in Canada for Visa and Mastercard posted strong performance in the first quarter (1Q/17) up 16.4% year-on-year (YOY). Canadian cards-in-force (CIF) increased 5.9% YOY to 108 million, according to CardData. For 1Q/17, Visa posted a 430 basis points (bps) increase YOY in PDV, while Mastercard reported a 370 bps YOY PDV…

Late-Stage Delinquency Edges Down Sequentially – Storm Clouds Gather

The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s top four issuers edged down 1 basis points (bps) sequentially, but up 14 bps year-on-year (YOY) for the first quarter (1Q/17). Early stage delinquency, the precursor of 90+ day delinquency, among the peer group, rose in 1Q/17, according to CardData. For the Top…

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…

Top U.S. Credit Card Issuer Charge-Offs Take-Off Bigly in Q1

Charge-offs among the nation’s top four U.S. issuers jumped 40 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY), and up 36 bps sequentially for the first quarter (1Q/17). All four issuers reported sharply higher credit card losses from the prior quarter, according to CardData. For the top four issuers (Chase, BofA, Capital One, Citibank), average charge-offs were 3.48%…

U.S. Card Issuers Left with Bottom Fishing and Rewards Gamers

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…

Synchrony Q1 Charge-Offs Soar – Profits Up 10%+ YOY

Synchrony Financial’s retail credit card business revenues posted an 10.5% year-on-year (YOY) gain for the first quarter (1Q/17) to $2.89 billion, according to CardData. During the quarter Synchrony launched the Cathay Pacific program and Synchrony Car Care credit card. Furthermore, Synchrony acquired the Citi Health Card portfolio and GPShopper. Synchrony reported $2.88 billion in retail…

Cap One U.S. Card Profits Dip as Charge-Offs Soar & FICO Scores Slide

The nation’s second largest bank credit card issuer, Capital One (COF) continues to lead its peers in all metrics for the first quarter (1Q/17). For the first time, COF released a historic breakdown of its near-prime and sub-prime FICO scores based on end-of-period (EOP) U.S. credit card outstandings, according to CardData. COF reported 63% of…