Nilson Report

Issue 1212 | Jan 2022

FEATURED COMPANIES

Companies featured in this issue include:

Credit Cards in the U.S.—Outstandings and Purchase Volume 1991-2026

Market Shares of U.S. Credit Card Outstandings in 2021

Investments in Merchant Acquiring/Processing by Region

Top M&A Transactions in 2021

American Express Cards 2021 vs. 2020

Discover Card 2021 vs. 2020

Income at Top U.S. Credit Card Issuers in 2021

Publicly Traded Companies in Payments

Income at Top U.S. Credit Card Issuers in 2021

The nine most profitable credit card issuers in the U.S. are featured on page 12 of issue 1212. Collectively, these companies had card pretax net income of $60.22 billion in 2021, up 147.9%. The four most profitable are shown below.

1. American Express
$11.70 billion
2. Capital One
$9.60 billion
3. Bank of America
$8.38 billion
4. Discover
$7.06 billion

Full access to the Income at Top U.S. Credit Card Issuers in 2021 results is available when you subscribe to the Nilson Report.

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American Express Card Results Worldwide

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All American Express cards worldwide generated total volume (which Amex calls network volume) of $1.284 trillion in 2021, up 22.6% from 2020. Total volume is a combination of purchase volume and cash advances initiated by cards issued directly by American Express (which Amex calls billed business) and from cards issued by its...

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