While companies around the world are taking note of the growing emergence of mobile and digital payment applications, many treasury departments still grapple with the continued existence and enormous cost of paper payments. Clients at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference on Payments and Commercial Card continued to identify that fully converting their payments to electronic was their No. 1 priority in improving their working capital in 2015.
Gross or open accounts (GAC) for U.S. credit cards among the nation’s four largest issuers climbed 2.0% in the second quarter to 187.4 million, compared to 183.7 million one-year ago. The growth is driven by Capital One, while Chase, Bank of America (BofA) and Citibank face year-on-year (YOY) and quarter-to-quarter (QOQ) GAC erosion. However, BofA posted a slight YOY gain.
U.S. bank credit card active accounts (accounts with sales activity), among the top six U.S. issuers, grew 1.4% year-on-year (YOY) and flat quarter-to-quarter (QOQ) in the second quarter. This comes despite the slight erosion in gross accounts by Bank of America and Citibank.
The average late stage U.S. credit card delinquency (90+ day) among the nation’s six largest issuers increased 7 basis points (bps) sequentially, to 0.81% for the second quarter, compared to 0.74% in the prior quarter and 0.86% one-year ago. However, all the issuers were down year-on-year (YOY), according to CardData.
Early stage delinquency (30+ days) edged down by 11 basis points (bps) sequentially down 10 bps year-on-year (YOY), on average, among the nation’s top six U.S. credit card issuers. Every one of the top six realized lower delinquency in the second quarter, compared to the prior quarter, according to CardData.
Charge-offs among the nation’s top 6 issuers dropped 22 basis points (bps) year-on-year (YOY) to 2.81% for the second quarter, and down 16 bps sequentially. Bank of America (BofA) has done the best job of reigning in card losses, dropping 43 bps YOY.
The average yield among the nations’s top six bank credit card issuers came in at 11.16% for the second quarter. Capital One (COF), the nation’s fastest growing major credit card issuer, again posted the highest yields, besting the average by 279 basis points (bps) in the second quarter, according to CardData
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U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers rose by a mere 2.3% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter to $474.5 billion. Capital One (+11.0%) and American Express (+6.9%) YOY led the pack, with Discover (+4.2%), while Chase was flat, BofA (-0.6%) and Citibank (-4.2%), cleaned up the rear, according to CardData.
The average U.S. 90+ day delinquency rate among the nation’s four largest issuers declined 9 basis points (bps) sequentially, to a record low of 0.92% for the second quarter, compared to 1.01% in the prior quarter and 1.00% one-year ago.
Aggregate U.S. bank credit card end-of period (EOP) outstandings for the nation’s four largest issuers were essentially flat year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (Q2/15) and continues the pattern of the past three years. Capital One is the only big issuer with real growth as it plugs deeper into the changing market dynamics.
While the average yield for U.S. Visa and MasterCard-branded credit cards, issued by the top four issuers, declined 10 basis points (bps) sequentially (QOQ) in the second quarter to 11.44%, the peer group has bumped up by 6 bps year-on-year (YOY). In Q2/15, Chase was the only top issuer with an increase in yield QOQ, according to CardData.