Nilson Report

Issue 1233 | Jan 2023


Companies featured in this issue include:

Global Network Payment Card Transactions Projected Worldwide

Market Shares of Purchase Transactions in 2022 by Region

Purchase Transactions Worldwide Global Brands–Projected through 2027

Ten-Year Growth in Global Brand Purchase Transactions–from 2012–2022

Ten Largest M&A Transactions in 2022

M&A Activity in Merchant Processing and Acquiring–Second Half of 2022

US General Purpose Card Brands through 3Q 2022 

Investments & Acquisitions–November 2022

US General Purpose Card Brands through 3Q 2022

Amex, Discover, Mastercard and Visa cards issued in the US generated $7.055 trillion in purchase volume in the first 9 months of 2022. Credit cards accounted for 56.8% of the total. The credit card purchase volumes are shown below.

$2,093.33 billion purchase volume
$967.44 billion purchase volume
American Express
$793.02 billion purchase volume
$154.98 billion purchase volume

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M&A Activity in Merchant Processing and Acquiring—2022

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There were 122 merger and acquisition (M&A)transactions in the merchant processing and acquiring sector of the payment card industry during 2022. Those deals occurred in 34 countries. There were 43 deals in the US, 37 in Europe, 25 in Asia-Pacific, 7 in the Middle East and Africa, 7 in Latin America and 3 in Canada. There were 68 transactions in the first six months of 2022 and 54 in the second half of the year.

Among all 122 M&A deals, financial details were made known for only 25 transactions. The combined value of those transactions was $7.95 billion. 

The largest transaction was the pending $4-billion takeover of EVO Payments by Global Payments. Both companies are based in the US. Global Payments is the 5th largest merchant acquirer worldwide and EVO ranks 23rd largest based on purchase transactions processed in 2022.

The second largest deal was J.P. Morgan’s investment of $800 million to acquire 48.5% of Viva Wallet based in Greece. Viva Wallet provides processing support to merchants in 23 countries in Europe.

US-based merchant acquirer Shift4 paid $575 million to buy Israel-based Finaro, which operates as a merchant card processor in Europe. Two deals in Italy were valued at more than $500 million—Italian investment fund FSI purchased 60% of BCC Pay, and Intesa Sanpaolo sold its equity stake in Nexi.

Prior issues: 1231, 1229, 1228, 1226, 1225, 1223, 1221, 1219, 1217, 1215, 1213

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