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Credit Card Processing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 6153  |  NAICS 522320

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Credit Card Processing  (view report)
Credit Card Issuing  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

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 major processors 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.

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

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.

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.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Financial Transactions Processing  Search for "522320"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Credit Card Processing
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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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