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Credit Card Processing

SIC 6153 | NAICS 522320

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Credit Card Processing  (view report)
Credit Card Issuing  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Merchant Advisory Group | J.P. Morgan North America Equity Research
Payment Processing: Payments Market Share Handbook

J.P. Morgan research report provides an overview of the card-based payment processing services ecosystem, with topics covered in the report including industry players and their respective roles, payment processing economics, domestic and international card markets, top U.S. card issuers based on purchase volume and cards outstanding, prepaid cards, and mobile payments market.

Financial Transaction Processing

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Cards & Payments

Research reports available from this management consulting firm include "World Payments Report", "Top 10 Trends in Payments", "Global Trends in the Payment Card Industry" (with separate reports available for processors, issuers, and acquirers), and "Technology Trends in the Global Payments Industry". Search site for key words from titles listed above for copies of the most recent reports.

Business Insider, Inc.
The Payments Ecosystem Report

BI Intelligence research report analyzes key themes and trends affecting the payments industry, with topics addressed in the report including description of the players involved in a payment transaction, how card transactions are processed and which players are involved in each step, latest forecasts and survey results, and alternative technologies that could further disrupt the payments ecosystem.

Electronic Transactions Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Transaction Trends Magazine
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for the electronic payments processing industry, with topics covered in various issues of the magazine including industry news and trends, economic outlook, operational best practices, risk management, transaction security, mobile and technology news, and legislative and regulatory issues. Digital editions are available free online.

ETA Publications  Select drop-down option from "Info Resources" on top menu
ETA publications section offers a variety of resources for its members and visitors, including articles from its bimonthly magazine, monthly newsletter issues, encyclopedia of terminology, ETA-Goldman Sachs surveys, quarterly legislative and regulatory reports, economic indicators reports, and white papers on subjects such as transaction processing, best practices, risk management, and security.

Euromonitor International
Financial Cards and Payments in the US

Market research report provides detailed analysis of the U.S. financial card industry, with historical data and forecasts by category (e.g., charge, credit, debit, prepaid, and store) including number of cards in circulation, transaction volume, circulation and transactions growth, number of cards in circulation by issuer and by operator, and payment transactions value by issuer and by operator.

Packaged Facts
Credit Cards

Market research reports provide in-depth analysis of the credit card sector, with topics covered in the reports including commercial and consumer payment trends and their impact on the credit, debit, and prepaid card industries. Market segments covered in individual reports include commercial payment cards, private label cards, co-branded and affinity cards, and mobile and alternative payment options.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Financial Transactions Processing  Search for "522320"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Financial Transaction Processing

Financial information section of this profile provides income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios by company size for companies which provide credit card processing, electronic funds transfer, and check clearing services, with major firms in this sector Visa, Inc., MasterCard, Inc., First Data Corporation, Global Payments, Inc., Total Systems Services, Inc., Fiserv, Inc., and Vantiv, Inc.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Empsight International, LLC
Card Annual Remuneration Database (CARD Survey)

Annual compensation survey provides information on base salaries, short-term incentives, and long- term incentives for executive, management, professional, and support personnel employed by credit card issuers, merchant services providers, and payment processors, with long-term incentive data including detailed information on stock options, restricted shares, and performance shares or units.

PayScale, Inc.
Credit Card Processing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions such
as software engineer, financial analyst, senior business analyst, relationship manager, and technical support representative, with employers for which compensation data is provided including First Data Corporation, MasterCard, Inc., Visa, Inc., American Express, Global Payments, Inc., and Fiserv, Inc.

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