The Nilson Report

Issue 1139 | Sep 2018

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Companies featured in this issue include:

Payment Card Shipments—2017

Top 150 Merchant Acquirers Worldwide

Settlement Proposed for Retailer Litigation

Global Brand Card Acceptance Worldwide

Amex Installment Loans with GreenSky

CompoSecure Metal Payment Cards

Fiserv Expands ATM and Debit Business

Mastercard Track and Microsoft

Investments & Acquisitions—August 2018

B2C Digital Check Platform

Web Tool for User Engagement/Retargeting

Top Manufacturers of Payment Cards Worldwide

Investments & Acquisitions—August 2018

Acceptance Locations for Global Brands 2017

Top Manufacturers of Payment Cards Ranked by Shipments 2017 vs. 2016

Total Payment Card Shipments by Manufacturer 2017

Payment Card Shipments by Type of Card 2017

Largest 150 Merchant Acquirers Worldwide 2017

Largest 150 Merchant Acquirers Worldwide 2017

The 150 largest acquirers of card payments from merchants worldwide are ranked on page 11. Transactions include in-store, online, and in-app.

1. 1. Worldpay, Group
33.48 billion transactions
2. 2. JPMorgan Chase, Group
21.88 billion transactions
3. 3. Bank of America, U.S.
16.56 billion transactions
4. 4. First Data, Group
14.80 billion transactions
5. 5. Global Payments, Group
11.32 billion transactions

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CompoSecure Metal Payment Cards

Over the last 18 months, CompoSecure has shipped more than one million dual-interface (contact and contactless) EMV-compliant credit and debit cards. The company holds a patent (and is waiting approval of another) on technology that enables the RFID antenna to be shielded from interference from the metal in the card. CompoSecure expects to ship its next one million dual-interface metal cards within six months.

The company manufactures full metal cards weighing up to 28 grams and hybrid metal cards weighing 21 grams to the affluent market. For the mass affluent market it manufactures metal veneer cards weighing 16 to 18 grams and embedded metal cards weighing 12 grams. Full metal and hybrid metal cards feel noticeably heavier and use a PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating on the face to improve durability. Metal veneer and embedded metal cards use graphical techniques and coatings to create designs. 

The heaviest metal card on the market is the J.P. Morgan Reserve Card. The Visa Infinite product is available to Chase Private Client customers. It weighs 27 grams, almost twice the weight of an American Express Centurion Card (Black Card). A typical PVC plastic card weighs 5 grams. 

CompoSecure’s largest markets for dual-interface cards are Europe, the U.S., and Canada. Cards are manufactured in the company’s two plants in Somerset, New Jersey.

In the U.S., CompoSecure sells directly to issuers. Outside the U.S., its full suite of cards are sold by other card manufacturers and personalization partners. 

Issuers believe the added cost of metal cards is offset by their perceived value by new cardholders. Continued value is exhibited by increased spending and customer retention. 

Jon Wilk is Chief Executive Officer at CompoSecure, Inc. in Somerset, New Jersey, (917) 414-8554,,

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