Nilson Report

Issue 1182 | Sep 2020


Companies featured in this issue include:

POS Terminal Shipments Worldwide by Region–Market Shares

POS Terminal Shipments by Type of Device

mPOS Devices Shipped in 2019

Manufacturers of POS Terminals Shipped in 2019–with Totals and mPOS Devices

Top 25 U.S. Issuers of Prepaid Cards

Top Acquirers of General Purpose Cards in Asia-Pacific

Top Acquirers of Visa and Mastercard Transactions in Asia-Pacific

Asia-Pacific’s 34 Largest Merchant Acquirers–Ranked by Visa and Mastercard Transactions

U.S. Commercial Cards’ Increasing Share of Purchase Volume

Investments & Acquisitions–August 2020

Top 25 U.S. Issuers of Prepaid Cards

The chart on page 8 ranks the 25 largest issuers of prepaid Visa, Mastercard, and Discover brand cards in the U.S. Cards from the four largest issuers generated 66% of all spending at the top 25 and are shown here.

1. The Bancorp Bank
$47.93 billion purchase volume, +14.4%
2. MetaBank
$36.18 billion purchase volume, -4.1%
3. Green Dot Bank
$27.00 billion purchase volume, +3.9%
4. Comerica Bank
$20.58 billion purchase volume, +5.3%

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Asia–Pacific’s 34 Largest Acquirers

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The 34 largest acquirers of general purpose card payments in the Asia–Pacific region based on transactions processed in 2019 are ranked here. 

Collectively, this group processed 18.24 billion Mastercard and Visa transactions that generated $897.09 billion in purchase volume for goods and services last year. 

Card purchases were acquired at 20.3 million merchant outlets in the region. 

In addition to Mastercard and Visa cards, these acquirers also processed other global brands—UnionPay, JCB, Diners Club/Discover, and American Express—as well as domestic-only brands in markets including India, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Global brand and domestic-only cards combined to generate $3.814 trillion in purchase volume from 45.61 billion purchase transactions last year for these 34 acquirers. 

The 10 largest acquirers processed 36.66 billion purchase transactions from global and domestic brands, equal to over 80% of all transactions handled by the 34 largest. 

China UnionPay Merchant Services (China UMS) remained Asia-Pacific’s largest acquirer. Purchase transactions processed grew 78% last year. 

BC Card of South Korea continued as second largest based on global brand and domestic-only purchase transactions acquired. Based on purchase transactions processed, the other acquirers in the top 10 were KB Kookmin, JCB, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, Samsung Card, ANZ Merchant Services, Hyundai Card, and Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos.  

The Other Cards column in the table on page 11 includes 26.80 billion purchase transactions generated by UnionPay, JCB, American Express, Diners/Discover, and domestic-only credit, debit, and prepaid cards. These card payments combined generated $2.853 trillion in purchase volume last year. 

Based on Mastercard and Visa purchase transactions acquired, Korea-based BC Card and KB Kookmin ranked first and second largest in the region. KB Kookmin moved ahead of Westpac to gain the second spot. Third ranked Westpac was Australia’s largest acquirer. Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos continued as the largest Mastercard and Visa acquirer in Japan.

Those that had higher rankings than last year among the top acquirers were ICICI (Fiserv) in India, which moved to 6th place from 8th, and Worldpay from FIS, which moved to 13th from 15th.

Prior issues: 1159, 1138, 1116, 1094, 1071

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