Average losses in the first-quarter 2015 for the top six issuers were 213 basis points (bps) below their 2010-2014 averages and now at an unsustainable level over the long term. Analysts are saying the industry may be approaching the inflection point in credit performance.

Discover CAGR

Discover’s U.S. end-of-period (EOP) credit card loans grew 5.5% year-on-year (YOY) and continues to outpace the top Visa and MasterCard issuers. Since 2009, Discover has experienced sequential growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5%, exceeded only by Capital One among the top ten issuers.


While the Chase credit card portfolio has consistently posted robust purchase dollar volume (PDV), outstandings declined between 2009 and 2013, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.24%, according to CardData. However, Chase turned the corner last year with a 2.5% year-on-year (YOY) gain.