WEX Q1 Numbers are Astounding as U.S. Fleet Cards Take-Off

ME-based fuel card kingpin, WEX, reported first quarter (1Q/17) total revenue soared 41.5% year-on-year (YOY), and net income rose 25.4% YOY in 1Q/17. WEX says return on 2016 investments is paying-off handsomely, according to CardData. Total revenue was $291.4 million for 1Q/17, compared to $290.8 million in 4Q/16, and $205.9 million for 1Q/16. Net income…

Synchrony Q1 Charge-Offs Soar – Profits Up 10%+ YOY

Synchrony Financial’s retail credit card business revenues posted an 10.5% year-on-year (YOY) gain for the first quarter (1Q/17) to $2.89 billion, according to CardData. During the quarter Synchrony launched the Cathay Pacific program and Synchrony Car Care credit card. Furthermore, Synchrony acquired the Citi Health Card portfolio and GPShopper. Synchrony reported $2.88 billion in retail…

Fiserv Q1: Revenue+ . . . Sales Growth+ . . . Free Cash Flow+

WI-based Fiserv gross revenue posted up mid single-digits year-on-year (YOY) in first quarter (1Q/17). However, net income declined, impacted by the previous sale of StoneRiver, and slightly rising expenses, according to CardData. Fiserv posted gross revenue of $1394 million for the first quarter, a 5.6% YOY gain, compared to $1431 million for the prior quarter,…

Credit Card Account Acquisitions Driven by Sub-Prime with Low Credit Limits

The number of new credit card accounts (those opened in the previous 24 months) rose to 88.1 million, driven in part by a 16% increase in new subprime accounts. Even with this increase, subprime accounts continue to comprise roughly one-fifth of total open accounts — equivalent to 2012 levels. According to the American Bankers Association’s…

PayPal Stays Hot Despite Q1 Seasonal TPV – Margins Slide Again

PayPal continues to gain market share as total payment volume (TPV) and total payment transactions (PTX) soared 22% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). However, the transaction margin continues to slide for the fifth consecutive quarter, down 370 basis points (bps) YOY and down 100 bps from 4Q/16, according to CardData. PayPal crossed the…

Discover Card Q1 Profits Slip w/Rising Charge-Offs – Yields Solid

Discover’s (DFS) credit card portfolio stayed in positive territory in the first quarter (1Q/17), while profits decreased reflecting a rising charge-offs. Discover’s total revenue rose 2.4% YOY to $2278 million for 1Q/17, compared to $2358 million in the prior quarter and $2224 million for the year ago quarter. For 2016, DFS averaged $2275 million per…

Cap One U.S. Card Profits Dip as Charge-Offs Soar & FICO Scores Slide

The nation’s second largest bank credit card issuer, Capital One (COF) continues to lead its peers in all metrics for the first quarter (1Q/17). For the first time, COF released a historic breakdown of its near-prime and sub-prime FICO scores based on end-of-period (EOP) U.S. credit card outstandings, according to CardData. COF reported 63% of…

TSYS Posts Decent Q1 Profit While Trimming Jobs and Diversifying

GA-based acquirer TSYS reported a solid first quarter (1Q/17) as total revenues hit $1185 million, a jump of 60.4% year-on-year (YOY). Net income increased 16.9% YOY from $90.6 million in 1Q/16 to $105.9 million in 1Q/17, according to CardData. The Company says the strategy of diversification has been paying-off for the first quarter. TSYS also…

ADS Q1 Exceeds Expectations – Segments Pumping on All Cylinders

Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems (ADS) reported first quarter (1Q/17) year-on-year (YOY) profits declined but Loyalty One, Epsilon, and especially Card Services, all posted strong first quarter YOY performance, according to CardData. ADS reported gross revenue rose 12.1% YOY in 1Q/17 to $1879 million, compared to $1828 million for 4Q/16, and $1676 million for 1Q/16. Net…