The Big 6 issuers, based on U.S. outstandings of $925 billion, controlled 51.8% of the U.S. bank credit card business at the end of the third quarter. Chase led the pack with a 13.7% share followed by Bank of America (BofA) at 9.5%; Capital one (COF) at 8.9%; Citibank (Citi) at 7.0%; American Express (AXP) at 6.7%; and Discover (DS) at 6.3%.
U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S. issuers gained a mere 1.7% in the third quarter year-on-year (YOY) to $361.6 billion. Capital One continues to defy gravity among the peer group with a 12% YOY gain.
Citi Retail Services has inked a multi-year renewal agreement with ExxonMobil for its consumer and commercial credit card relationship. The agreement with ExxonMobil is the eighth contract renewal Citi Retail Services has announced since the beginning of 2014.
U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers gained a mere 2.6% in the third quarter year-on-year (YOY) to $479.4 billion. Capital One continues to smoke the peer group with a 12% YOY gain.
Again driven by Visa’s electric performance in the third quarter with net income rising 41%, payment card profits for the top four networks rose 7.2% in the third quarter, compared to one-year ago. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover reported a combined 3Q/15 profit of $3883 million, compared to $3621 million for 3Q/14.
MasterCard (MC) third quarter profits declined 3.7% year-on-year (YOY), or discounting special items up 1%, or up 9% on a currency adjusted basis (FX) to $977 million.
Capital One (COF) continues to lead the U.S. credit card industry in outstandings and volume growth, posting a strong 12% year-on-year (YOY) gain in end-of-period (EOP) outstandings and a whopping 19% surge in Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) for the third quarter as other metrics are relatively stable.
Discover’s credit card outstandings continued strong in the third quarter rising 3.7% as Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose 2.7%, year-on-year (YOY). While all other credit card metrics remained stable, overall net income for Q3/15 declined 5.0% YOY to $612 million.
Citibank’s average yield for its U.S. retail credit card portfolio rose 5 basis points (bps) in the third quarter, compared to one-year ago, but down 6 bps sequentially. The net interest revenue (NIR), which includes some fees, also jumped by 30 bps year-on-year (YOY) for Q3/15, and up sharply by 37 bps from the prior quarter.
Citibank North America branded credit card profits declined 16% and Citi retai North America branded card base shrank 1.0% YOY in Q2/15. However, credit quality improved as delinquency and charge-offs declined.
Chase, the nation’s largest bank credit card issuer, continues to struggle with real growth as third quarter (Q3/15) outstandings inched upward by a mere 2% year-on-year (YOY) and purchase dollar volume (PDV) posted a weak growth rate of 6.%. Furthermore, Chase is consistently signing up 2.1 million accounts per quarter, while losing 3.0 million accounts YOY.
U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers will likely rise 2.5% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter says RAM Research. Big 6 outstandings rose by a mere 2.3% YOY in the second quarter to $474.5 billion, according to CardData.