The Nilson Report

THE CURRENT ISSUE: Issue 1070 | Aug 2015


Companies featured in The Current Issue include:

Headlines from The Current Issue

Asia-Pacific General Purpose Cards

Top U.S. GP Credit Card Issuers at Midyear

Latin America’s Top Acquirers

Merchant Acquiring Deals in Europe

Datablink Multifactor Authentication

Vodafone Expands Mobile Wallet in Europe

Nayax Unattended POS Terminal

U.S. Visa/MasterCard Credit Cards at Midyear

Charts in this Issue

Asia-Pacific Purchase Volume and Market Shares

Top U.S. General Purpose Credit Card Issuers Midyear 2015

Purchase Transactions on Cards Issued in Asia-Pacific 2014 vs. 2019

Asia-Pacific General Purpose Cards 2014 vs. 2013

Latin America’s Top 10 General Purpose Acquirers 2014

Merchant Acquirers in Latin America 2014

U.S. Visa/MasterCard Credit Card Issuers Outstandings Midyear 2015

U.S. Visa/MasterCard Credit Card Issuers Volume Midyear 2015

Top Acquirers in Latin America 2014

Global brand and domestic market card transactions handled by the largest merchant acquirers in Latin America are shown for the 10 largest portfolios at year-end 2014.

1. Cielo
$221.24 bil. Purchase Volume
2. Rede
$152.34 bil. Purchase Volume
$71.84 bil. Purchase Volume
4. Prisma Medios de Pago
$43.20 bil. Purchase Volume
5. Banesco
$37.29 bil. Purchase Volume

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CaixaBank and Global Payments, partners in Spain and Brazil in merchant acquiring joint ventures, have teamed with Erste Group Bank for a new joint venture acquiring business covering card transactions generated in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia. The transaction is expected to close in 2016. Global Payments and CaixaBank will pay $33.6 million (€30 million) in cash to acquire a 51% majority ownership in the joint venture. The Erste Group will contribute its merchant card processing contracts in the three countries in return for a 49% share.

Global Payments and CaixaBank formed their joint venture in Spain in 2010 and in Brazil in 2013. Austria-based Erste Group acquires merchant transactions in eight countries in Europe including Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, and Ukraine. It ranked 34th largest among Europe’s merchant acquirers at year-end 2014. Earlier this year Global Payments bought Ireland-based payment service provider Realex Payments. 

Chris Davies is President, Europe at Global Payments in London, U.K., 44 (207) 593-2950,,

Nets, which owns Europe’s 18th and 20th largest portfolios of merchant card processing contracts, will purchase Nordea Merchant Acquiring for $257.6 million (€230 million). Nordea ranked 21st largest in Europe at year-end 2014. Combining Nordea with the other Nets acquiring businesses creates Europe’s 6th largest merchant acquiring business based on Visa and MasterCard transactions processed annually. It will be connected to more than 200,000 active merchant locations. 

Nets is the acquirer of Denmark’s national debit network, which generates more than one billion transactions annually. When added to Visa and MasterCard transactions, Nets is the largest acquirer in the Nordic and Baltic regions. 

Nets, which was purchased by private equity firms Advent International and Bain Capital in 2014, operates in more than 20 countries. The Nordea transaction is expected to close by year-end 2015. Teller is the brand name Nets uses for merchant acquiring.

Asger Hattels is Group Executive VP, Merchant Services at Nets in Copenhagen, Denmark, 45 (44) 897-422,,

Prior issues: 1065, 1060

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