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.

Serious eWallet Progress

Online money transfer company Optimal Payments Plc said it expects to beat its forecast for the full-year after robust sales at its high-margin Neteller e-wallet business drove first-half pretax profit up 78 percent. The company’s shares rose as much as 7.8 percent to 510 pence in early trade on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Pretax profit jumped to $27.5 million for the six months ended June 30, from $15.5 million a year ago.

Discover Q2/14

Discover bests the four top Visa and MasterCard issuers with solid growth in outstandings. However, Discover’s gross dollar volume (GDV) rose 6% to $31.7 billion, compared to $28.1 billion in Q1/14 and $29.7 billion in Q2/13. Volume growth was lackluster compared to the Big 4 Visa and MasterCard issuers.

Discover’s Pulse Q1

The PULSE network remains the key driver of payments transaction volume for Discover Financial Services (DFS), growing 5% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/2014) to $41.9 billion, representing 54% of Discover’s network total volume. Overall, DFS’ network volume is up 4% Y/Y to $77.38 billion. The most robust payments business for DFS is its Network Partners segment, up 6% Y/Y in Q1/2014, followed by the Proprietary segment, up 3%. However, DFS continues to struggle with its Diners Club international segment, which slipped down 2% Y/Y in Q1/2014.