The Nilson Report

Issue 1159 | Aug 2019


Companies featured in this issue include:

Top Acquirers in Asia–Pacific Ranked by Purchase Transactions on Visa & Mastercard Cards

Investments & Acquisitions–July 2019

Spending on Commercial & Consumer Cards in the U.S.

U.S. Store Credit Cards 2018 vs. 2017

Top General Purpose Acquirers in Asia–Pacific 2018

Largest Visa/Mastercard Merchant Acquirers in Asia–Pacific 2018

Largest Credit Card Issuers in Middle East and Africa 2018

Debit Card Issuers in Middle East and Africa 2018

Top General Purpose/Visa/Mastercard Card Issuers in Middle East and Africa

Top Acquirers of Web Transactions in Asia–Pacific 2018

Top General Purpose Visa/Mastercard Card Issuers in Middle East and Africa

The 50 largest payment card issuers in the Middle East and Africa are ranked based on purchase volume generated by their cards in circulation in 2018. The top 5 are listed here.

1. IsraCard, Israel
$42.33 billion purchase volume
2. Israel Credit Cards, Israel
$25.96 billion purchase volume
3. Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia
$23.87 billion purchase volume
4. Leumi Card, Israel
$22.74 billion purchase volume
5. Standard Bank, South Africa
$17.98 billion purchase volume

Full access to the Top General Purpose/Visa/Mastercard Card Issuers results in Middle East and Africa is available when you subscribe to The Nilson Report.



Asia–Pacific’s 35 Largest Acquirers

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Ranked on pages 8 and 9 based on transactions processed in 2018 are the 35 largest acquirers of general purpose card payments in the Asia–Pacific region. 

Collectively, these acquirers processed 16.65 billion Visa and Mastercard transactions that generated $878.02 billion in purchase volume for goods and services last year. Those purchase transactions occurred at 20.0 million merchant outlets in the region. 

In addition to Visa and Mastercard card payments, acquirers listed here also handled other global brands—American Express, Diners Club/Discover, JCB, and UnionPay—as well as domestic-only brands such as RuPay, BC Card, epal/eftpos, J-Debit, myDebit, Tcard, KB Kookmin Debit Card, SmartPay, Allatm, and Samsung Card. 

Combined global brand and domestic-only cards generated purchase volume of $3.889 trillion at merchant customers of these 35 acquirers last year. That spending was initiated by 36.78 billion purchase transactions.

Asia–Pacific’s 10 largest acquirers handled 29.57 billion purchase transactions from global and domestic brands tied to $3.431 trillion in purchase volume. 

The region’s top acquirer based on both purchase transactions and purchase volume in 2018 was China UnionPay Merchant Services (China UMS). It first gained the top spot in 2017. 

BC Card of South Korea remained in second place based on global brand and domestic-only purchase transactions acquired. The other acquirers in the top 10 based on purchase transactions processed were KB Kookmin, JCB, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Merchant Services, Samsung Card, Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos, and Hyundai Card. Among this group, double-digit growth in purchase transactions acquired was seen by China UMS, JCB, and Westpac. 

The Other Cards column in the table on page 9 includes 20.13 billion credit and debit purchase transactions generated by UnionPay, JCB, American Express, Diners/Discover and domestic-only brands. Collectively, these card payments equaled $3.011 trillion in purchase volume in 2018. 

The largest Visa and Mastercard card acquirer in Asia–Pacific remained BC Card. It has held the top position since 2012. Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos remained Japan’s largest acquirer of Visa and Mastercard transactions. Westpac was Australia’s largest acquirer. 

The table at left shows online, mobile web, and in-app purchase transactions as a percentage of all purchase transactions. The 19 acquirers in that chart collectively handled 2.96 billion online, mobile web, and in-app transactions in 2018.

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