Nilson Report

Issue 1211 | Jan 2022

FEATURED COMPANIES

Companies featured in this issue include:

Purchase Transactions Projected Worldwide

Five-Year Changes in Market Shares for Purchase Transactions—2021 vs. 2026

Market Shares of Purchase Transactions by Region in 2026

Twenty-Year Growth in Purchase Transactions—2001 through 2021

Visa & Mastercard Worldwide thru 3Q21

M&A Activity in Merchant Processing and Acquiring 2021 by Region

Investments & Acquisitions—December 2021

Visa and Mastercard Worldwide for First Nine Months of 2021

On page 8 we feature a comparison of Visa and Mastercard between purchase volume generated inside and outside the United States.

Visa, Outside the U.S.
$4.112 trillion
Visa, Inside the U.S.
$3.813 trillion
Mastercard, Outside the U.S.
$2.721 trillion
Mastercard, Inside the U.S.
$1.583 trillion

Full access to the Visa and Mastercard results worldwide for the first nine months of 2021 is available when you subscribe to the Nilson Report.

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Payment Card Transactions Projected Worldwide

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Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, American Express, Discover/Diners Club and JCB brand card-present and card-not present transactions initiated by consumer and commercial credit, debit and prepaid cards are projected to reach 800.41 billion in 2026, up 45.2% over 2021, which is a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% per year. 

Not included in that 800.41 billion figure for global brand cards are transactions generated by domestic-only brands that function exclusively within single countries. Global network transactions do include QR code–based payments initiated by mobile phones. 

Domestic cards include ATH, Bancontact/Mister Cash, BankAxept, Banricompras, BC Card, Cartes Bancaires, Dankort, eCash, epal/eftpos, Elo, girocard, Hipercard, Interac, J-Debit, KNet, Mada, Mir, Multibanco, Nyce, PagoBancomat, PostFinance, Pulse, Redcompra, RuPay, Samsung Card, Shetab, SmartPay, Star and Troy. 

In Asia–Pacific, global network cards are projected to generate 341.10 billion purchase transactions in 2026, accounting for 42.62% of the worldwide purchase transaction total. This is up 47.3% versus 2021 and a CAGR of 8.1% per year. 

In the United States, global network cards are projected to generate 169.43 billion purchase transactions in 2026, accounting for 21.17% of the worldwide purchase transaction total. This is up 28.9% versus 2021 and a CAGR of 5.2% per year. 

In Europe, global network cards are projected to generate 185.67 billion purchase transactions in 2026, equal to 23.20% of the worldwide total. This is up 42.9% over 2021 and a CAGR of 7.4% per year.

In Latin America, global network cards are projected to generate 62.40 billion purchase transactions in 2026, a 7.80% share of the worldwide total. This is up 72.9% versus 2021 and a CAGR of 11.6% per year. 

In the Middle East and Africa, global network cards are projected to generate 30.69 billion purchase transactions in 2026 and account for 3.83% of the worldwide total. This is up 113.8% versus 2021 and a CAGR of 16.4% per year.

In Canada, global network cards are projected to generate 11.13 billion purchase transactions in 2026, a 1.39% share of the worldwide total. This is up 40.1% versus 2021 and a CAGR of 7.0% per year.

Prior issues: 1189, 1167, 1145, 1123, 1101, 1078



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