MasterCard 1Q profit rises 14 per cent
The results beat Wall Street estimates, sending the Purchase, New York company’s shares higher in afternoon trading Thursday.
The company also flagged that it sees potentially serious complications from a proposed payments law that Russia is considering.
Politicians in Russia are eyeing enacting changes to the structure of the domestic payments market in response to the impact of sanctions by the West amid rising tensions in the Ukraine.
Although Russia accounts for roughly two per cent of MasterCard’s revenue, the company is worried about the impact a new payments market law would have on MasterCard’s business.
“There are provisions there that I believe would create serious complications for the way that we can operate in that market,” MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga said during a conference call with Wall Street analysts.
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Banga noted that the situation is fluid, which makes it difficult to gauge the potential impact of any new payments laws beyond this year.
“Overall, we expect a small impact from this current Russian situation on our results for 2014,” Banga said.
Despite its concerns, the company did not update its 2014 earnings guidance.
MasterCard is the world’s second largest processor of debit and credit card payments. Like its bigger rival, Visa Inc., it benefits from heightened consumer spending.
An unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation earlier this year, but spending rebounded last month. US consumer spending jumped 0.9 per cent in March, the largest monthly gain since April 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The department also raised its estimate o pandora sale f the spending increase in February to 0.5 per cent from 0.3 per cent.
Worldwide purchase volume during the January March quarter vaulted 12.7 per cent to $US759 billion ($A821.21 billion) versus a year earlier. Spending on purchases rose nearly nine per cent in the US to $268 billion.
All told, Master pandora sale Card handled 9.8 billion transactions during the quarter, a 14 per cent increase over the same period last year.
The growth in purchase transactions helped boost MasterCard’s revenue in the quarter by 14 per cent to $2.18 billion, up from $1.91 billion a year earlier. But some of that revenue was partly offset by pandora sale a rise in rebates and incentives that the company offered.
MasterCard said net income rose to $870 million, or 73 cents per share, in the three months ending March 31, the company said Thursday. That compares with net income of $766 million, or 62 cents per share, in the same three months of last year.
Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 72 cents per share on $2. pandora sale 14 billion in revenue in the latest quarter, according to the data provider FactSet.