Nilson Report

Issue 1181 | Aug 2020

FEATURED COMPANIES

Companies featured in this issue include:

Top 7 Acquirers in Latin America—2019 vs. 2018

10 Largest General Purchase Acquirers in Latin America

45 Largest Visa/Mastercard Merchant Acquirers in Latin America

U.S. General Purpose Cards—January 1-June 30, 2020

Market Shares of Purchase Transactions

U.S. Credit and Debit Cards at Midyear 2020 vs. 2019

U.S. Store Credit Cards—2019 with Change vs. 2018

Investments and Acquisitions—July 2020

U.S. General Purpose Cards

The table on page seven shows Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover card credit and debit card purchase volume (spending) for cards issued in the U.S. for the first six months of 2020. Figures for credit card purchase volume are shown here.

1. Visa, Credit
$909.38 billion purchase volume, -9.2%
2. Mastercard, Credit
$395.58 billion purchase volume, -8.2%
3. American Express, Credit
$329.55 billion purchase volume, -18.0%
4. Discover, Credit
$64.71 billion purchase volume, -7.0%

Full access to the U.S. General Purpose Cards results is available when you subscribe to the Nilson Report.

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POSTED AUG 31, 2020 | PRINT

Mastercard Gets Approval for Nets Transaction

The European Commission (EC) has approved Mastercard’s acquisition of select assets of Denmark-based Nets contingent on divestiture of that company’s Realtime 24/7 technology for account-to-account core infrastructure services (A2A CIS). Core infrastructure includes hardware, software, telecommunication networks, and processes.

Mastercard has existing A2A CIS assets and offers managed services in the European Economic Area (EEA) through its U.K.-based Vocalink unit. The EC expressed concern that the “proposed acquisition would harm competition and lead to higher prices and less choice in the market for the provision of A2A CIS as managed services.” 

Nets and Mastercard offered to transfer to a suitable buyer “a global license to distribute, supply, sell, develop, modify, upgrade or otherwise use Nets’ Realtime 24/7 technology.” The purchaser will have exclusive access to the licensed technology in the EEA and a nonexclusive deal elsewhere in the world.

Prior issues: 1159, 1136



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