The Nilson Report

Issue 1147 | Feb 2019

FEATURED COMPANIES

Companies featured in this issue include:

U.S. General Purpose Brands

Investments & Acquisitions—January 2019

U.S. General Purpose Cards 2018 vs. 2017

U.S. Credit Card Outstandings 2018 vs. 2017

Market Shares of Purchase Volume on U.S. General Purpose Cards 2018

Purchase Transactions on Visa & Mastercard Credit & Debit Cards

Cards in Circulation Visa vs. Mastercard

U.S. General Purpose Credit Cards

U.S. Visa and Mastercard Debit & Prepaid Cards

U.S. Visa and Mastercard Credit, Debit & Prepaid

U.S. Credit Card Outstandings ’18 vs. ‘17

Outstanding credit card receivables as of December 31, 2018 are shown here for the four general purpose credit card brands operating in the U.S.

1. 1. Visa
$471.13 billion, 48.40% share
2. 2. Mastercard
$309.51 billion, 31.80% share
3. 3. American Express
$119.84 billion, 12.31% share
4. 4. Discover
$72.88 billion, 7.49% share

Full access to the U.S. Credit Card Outstandings ’18 vs. ’17 results is available when you subscribe to The Nilson Report. 

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POSTED FEB 20, 2019 | PRINT

Visa/Mastercard Earthport Update

Please note: Only subscribers can access the charts included with this article.

The bidding war between Visa and Mastercard for acquisition of Earthport continued February 8 when Visa raised its offer to $319 million (£247 million). The all-cash offer topped a $305-million offer from Mastercard, which had been accepted by the Earthport Board of Directors. 

Those board members are advising the company’s shareholders to accept Visa’s new offer. 

Earthport provides financial institutions, money transfer firms, and other companies the ability to make cross-border payments worldwide through a single integration. It facilitates clearing and settlement with local banks on behalf of its customers. 

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