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…

Americans Want More from Banks: Budgeting – Financial Planning – Credit Monitoring

More than half of U.S. consumers are interested in having their primary financial institution provide support for household budgeting such as setting a budget to meet their financial goals and tracking their progress toward meeting their goals. Mercator Advisory Group’s Consumers and Personal Finance: Don’t Overlook the Basics report finds young adults and business owners…

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…

Vantiv + Paymetric = B2B Payments Expansion & Cross-Selling Opportunities

Vantiv has inked a deal to acquire Atlanta-based Paymetric for an undisclosed amount but set to close by June 30th, pending U.S. antitrust clearance. Paymetric automates B2B payment workflows within enterprise systems, including SAP, Oracle, Hybris, Salesforce and more. Paymetric also tokenizes payments data within these systems in order to enable secure storage of customer…

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…

Customer Engagement – Mobilizing Your Business Set for Late August

The Mobile Payments Conference (MPC), slated for August, is more than mobile payments, it is an invitation into a growing elite group of professionals who are holding a conversation that never ends. The conference is the pivotal intersection between end users, operations, marketing, finance and technology where it will be discussed and answer many questions.…