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MasterCard Incorporated Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Financial Results
Fourth-quarter net income of $294 million, or $2.24 per diluted share - Includes after-tax severance charge of $0.19 per diluted shareFourth-quarter net revenue growth of 6.0%, to $1.3 billionFourth-quarter gross dollar volume up 5.3% and purchase volume up 5.7%
PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2009. The company reported fourth quarter net income of $294 million, or $2.24 per diluted share, including an after-tax severance charge of $0.19 per diluted share. The company's total operating expenses, other income, effective tax rate, net income and earnings per share, excluding special items, are non-GAAP financial measures that are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the accompanying GAAP reconciliations.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $1.3 billion, a 6.0% increase versus the same period in 2008. Currency fluctuations (driven by the movement of the euro and the Brazilian real relative to the U.S. dollar) contributed 3.8 percentage points of the increase in net revenue for the quarter. The higher net revenue in the fourth quarter this year benefited from:

  • Pricing changes of approximately 5 percentage points;
  • An increase in cross-border volumes of 3.9%;
  • A 6.7% increase in the number of transactions processed, to 5.9 billion; and
  • Growth of 5.3% in MasterCard's gross dollar volume, on a local currency basis, to $674 billion.

The net revenue growth was somewhat tempered by an increase in rebates and incentives primarily due to new and renewed customer agreements.

Worldwide purchase volume during the quarter rose 5.7% on a local currency basis, versus the fourth quarter of 2008, to $510 billion. As of December 31, 2009, the company's customers had issued 966 million MasterCard cards, a decline of 1.3% over the cards issued at December 31, 2008.

"In 2009 we took important steps to maintain MasterCard's bottom-line growth, and as a result delivered another quarter and year of solid financial results," said Robert W. Selander, MasterCard chief executive officer. "We remained focused on the needs of our customers, and continued to add value amid a challenging economic environment. For example, we recently announced a significant debit win in the U.S. with SunTrust and the first consumer inControl implementation with Barclaycard in the UK."

Selander commented, "Throughout the year, we greatly improved our expense management and realigned our organization to capitalize on the most promising growth opportunities, from both a geographic and product development standpoint.

"In the fourth quarter, we saw encouraging signs with regard to key aspects of our business as cross-border volumes increased and processed transactions continued to grow. Overall, we are very pleased with our performance, and we look forward to building on that momentum as the global economic climate continues to improve," concluded Selander.

There were no special items for the fourth quarter of 2009. The special item for the fourth quarter of 2008 represented a $6 million charge related to a litigation settlement.

Total operating expenses increased 9.8%, to $830 million, during the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008, excluding special items. Currency fluctuations contributed 3.2 percentage points of the increase in expenses. The increase in total operating expenses was driven by:

  • A 1.6% increase in general and administrative expenses versus the year-ago period, primarily resulting from increased personnel costs due to severance-related charges of $38 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, offset by a benefit from foreign exchange remeasurement. Currency fluctuations represented 2.3 percentage points of the increase. Excluding the impact of severance costs in both periods, general and administrative expenses declined 2.3% for the fourth quarter of 2009; and
  • A 25.1% increase in advertising and marketing expenses versus the year-ago period, primarily related to incremental investments to support activities in priority countries. Currency fluctuations represented 5.4 percentage points of the increase.

The operating margin was 36.1% for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Total other expense was $10 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 versus total other expense of $17 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. The decrease was primarily due to lower interest expense of $13 million related to litigation settlements versus the comparable period in 2008.

MasterCard's effective tax rate was 35.8% in the fourth quarter of 2009 versus 46.1% in the comparable period in 2008, excluding special items. The decrease was primarily due to a more favorable mix of earnings, a lower state tax rate and a lower provision for tax reserves in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Full-Year 2009 Results

For the year-ended December 31, 2009, MasterCard reported net income of $1.5 billion, or $11.19 per diluted share, excluding the impact of special items, and net income of $1.5 billion, or $11.16 per diluted share, including special items. The 2009 earnings per share figure includes an after-tax severance charge of $0.69 per diluted share, compared with $0.16 in 2008. The 2008 earnings per share figure includes after-tax gains from the sale of a portion of the company's investment in Redecard S.A. of $0.43 per diluted share.

Special items for the full-year 2009 included charges of $7 million related to litigation settlements.

Special items for the full-year 2008 included:

  • Charges of $2.5 billion related to several litigation settlements; and
  • A $75 million gain in other income from the termination of a customer business agreement.

Net revenue for the full-year 2009 was $5.1 billion, a 2.1% increase versus 2008. On a constant currency basis, net revenue increased 3.9%. Increased processed transactions of 6.9% and pricing changes of approximately 6 percentage points contributed to the revenue growth in the full-year period. These factors were partially offset by the impact of lower cross-border volume growth on a U.S. dollar basis and higher rebates and incentives for 2009 compared to 2008.

Excluding special items for both periods, total operating expenses decreased 6.9%, to $2.8 billion, for full-year 2009 compared to 2008, primarily due to reduced advertising and marketing expenses versus the year-ago period. Excluding the impact of severance costs in both periods, total operating expenses decreased 10.5%. Currency fluctuations of 1.4 percentage points also contributed to the decline. The decrease in total operating expenses was driven by:

  • A 3.1% decrease in general and administrative expenses, primarily resulting from lower professional fees and travel and entertainment expenses; as well as a benefit from foreign exchange remeasurement, versus the comparable period in 2008. The decrease was partially offset by an increase in personnel costs, driven by severance charges. Excluding the impact of severance costs in both periods, general and administrative expenses declined 8.5 % for 2009. Currency fluctuations of 1.2 percentage points also contributed to the decline; and
  • A 19.2% decline in advertising and marketing expenses versus full-year 2008 due to cost-containment activities in response to market realities. The impact of foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately 1.6 percentage points to the decline.

Including special items, total operating expenses in 2009 decreased 48.6%, to $2.8 billion, versus 2008.

Excluding special items, the operating margin was 44.5% for full-year 2009, up 5.5 percentage points over the year-ago period. Including special items, the operating margin was 44.3% for the full-year 2009.

Total other expense was $42 million for full-year 2009 versus total other income of $76 million for the same period in 2008, excluding special items. Investment income decreased due to gains recorded in 2008 from the sale of the remaining Redecard securities. Interest expense increased $12 million versus the year-ago period, primarily due to interest accretion associated with a 2008 litigation settlement. Including special items, total other income was $151 million for full-year 2008.

MasterCard's effective tax rate, excluding special items, was 34.1% for the full-year 2009, versus a rate of 38.8% for the full-year 2008. The decrease was primarily due to a lower deferred tax remeasurement and a decrease in tax reserves in 2009. Including the special items, the effective tax rate was 34.1% for 2009 and 33.7% for 2008.

Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Financial Results Conference Call Details

At 9:00 a.m. ET today, the company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year 2009 financial results.

The dial-in information for this call is 888-396-2386 (within the U.S.) and 617-847-8712 (outside the U.S.) and the passcode is 89358445. A replay of the call will be available for one week thereafter. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 (within the U.S.) and 617-801-6888 (outside the U.S.) and using passcode 28360818.

The live call and the replay, along with supporting materials, can also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://www.mastercard.com/index.html.

About MasterCard Incorporated

MasterCard Incorporated advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 22 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial-institution customers and merchants. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network and through its family of brands, including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R), MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to http://www.mastercard.com/index.html.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release which are not historical facts, including statements about MasterCard's plans, strategies, beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking and subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Accordingly, except for the company's ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, the company does not intend to update or otherwise revise the forward-looking information to reflect actual results of operations, changes in financial condition, changes in estimates, expectations or assumptions, changes in general economic or industry conditions or other circumstances arising and/or existing since the preparation of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of any unanticipated events. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation:

  • The company's ability to build on its business momentum as the global economic climate continues to improve.

Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements for a number of reasons, including those set forth in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, the company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K that were filed with the SEC during 2009, as well as reasons including difficulties, delays or the inability of the company to achieve its strategic initiatives set forth above. Factors other than those listed above could also cause the company's results to differ materially from expected results.

MASTERCARD INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

Three Months
Ended December 31,

Twelve Months
Ended December 31,
2009 2008 2009 2008
(In thousands, except per share data)
Revenue, net $ 1,298,418 $ 1,224,834 $ 5,098,684 $ 4,991,600
Operating Expenses
General and administrative 506,660 498,484 1,934,974 1,996,512
Advertising and marketing 285,205 227,944 755,480 934,742
Litigation settlements - 6,000 6,745 2,482,845
Depreciation and amortization 38,427 30,050 141,377 112,006
Total operating expenses 830,292 762,478 2,838,576 5,526,105
Operating income (loss) 468,126 462,356 2,260,108 (534,505 )
Other Income (Expense)
Investment income, net 16,002 19,826 57,698 182,907
Interest expense (23,442 ) (36,525 ) (115,109 ) (103,600 )
Other income (expense), net (2,353 ) (597 ) 15,354 71,985
Total other income (expense) (9,793 ) (17,296 ) (42,057 ) 151,292
Income (loss) before income taxes 458,333 445,060 2,218,051 (383,213 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 163,938 205,618 755,427 (129,298 )
Net income (loss) 294,395 239,442 1,462,624 (253,915 )
Income attributable to non-controlling interests (394 ) - (92 ) -
Net Income (Loss) Atttributable to MasterCard $ 294,001 $ 239,442 $ 1,462,532 $ (253,915 )
Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share $ 2.25 $ 1.83 $ 11.19 $ (1.94 )
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 130,027 130,560 129,838 130,148
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share $ 2.24 $ 1.83 $ 11.16 $ (1.94 )
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 130,476 130,940 130,232 130,148

MASTERCARD INCORPORATED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

December 31,
2009

December 31,
2008

(In thousands, except share data)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,055,439 $ 1,505,160
Investment securities, at fair value:
Available-for-sale 824,345 588,095
Municipal bonds held-to-maturity - 154,000
Accounts receivable 536,472 639,482
Income taxes receivable - 198,308
Settlement due from customers 459,173 513,191
Restricted security deposits held for customers 445,989 183,245
Prepaid expenses 313,253 213,612
Deferred income taxes 243,561 283,795
Other current assets 124,915 32,619
Total Current Assets 5,003,147 4,311,507
Property, plant and equipment, at cost (less accumulated depreciation of $303,759 and $278,269) 448,994 306,798
Deferred income taxes 264,237 567,567
Goodwill 309,228 297,993
Other intangible assets (less accumulated amortization of $422,338 and $377,570) 414,704 394,282
Auction rate securities available-for-sale, at fair value 179,987 191,760
Investment securities held-to-maturity 337,797 37,450
Prepaid expenses 327,884 302,095
Other assets 184,301 66,397
Total Assets $ 7,470,279 $ 6,475,849
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 290,414 $ 253,276
Settlement due to customers 477,576 541,303
Restricted security deposits held for customers 445,989 183,245
Obligations under litigation settlements 606,485 713,035
Accrued expenses 1,224,991 1,032,061
Short-term debt - 149,380
Other current liabilities 121,676 118,151
Total Current Liabilities 3,167,131 2,990,451
Deferred income taxes 79,728 74,518
Obligations under litigation settlements 263,236 1,023,263
Long-term debt 21,598 19,387
Other liabilities 426,719 436,255
Total Liabilities 3,958,412 4,543,874
Commitments
Stockholders' Equity

Class A common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 3,000,000,000 shares, 116,534,029 and 105,126,588 shares issued and 109,793,439 and 98,385,998 outstanding, respectively

11 10

Class B common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 1,200,000,000 shares, 19,977,657 and 30,848,778 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

3 4

Class M common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 1,000,000 shares, 1,812 and 1,728 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

- -
Additional paid-in-capital 3,412,354 3,304,604
Class A treasury stock, at cost, 6,740,590 shares, respectively (1,250,000 ) (1,250,000 )
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 1,147,714 (236,100 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income:
Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustments 211,860 175,040
Defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans, net of tax (14,740 ) (43,207 )
Investment securities available-for-sale, net of tax (3,442 ) (22,996 )
Total accumulated other comprehensive income 193,678 108,837
Total Stockholders' Equity 3,503,760 1,927,355
Non-controlling interests 8,107 4,620
Total Equity 3,511,867 1,931,975
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 7,470,279 $ 6,475,849

MASTERCARD INCORPORATED

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

For the Years Ended December 31,

2009 2008
(In thousands)
Operating Activities
Net income (loss) $ 1,462,624 $ (253,915 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 141,377 112,006
Gain on sale of Redecard S.A. available-for-sale securities - (85,903 )
Share based payments 88,430 60,970
Stock units withheld for taxes (28,458 ) (67,111 )
Tax benefit for share based compensation (39,025 ) (47,803 )
Impairment of assets 16,430 12,515
Accretion of imputed interest on litigation settlements 86,342 77,202
Deferred income taxes 336,704 (483,952 )
Other (12,121 ) 14,645
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trading securities - 2,561
Accounts receivable 122,445 (115,687 )
Income taxes receivable 190,000 (198,308 )
Settlement due from customers 54,473 183,008
Prepaid expenses (112,655 ) (100,853 )
Obligations under litigation settlement (938,685 ) 1,254,660
Accounts payable 34,231 8,425
Settlement due to customers (65,628 ) (52,852 )
Accrued expenses 82,076 51,345
Net change in other assets and liabilities (40,398 ) 42,275
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,378,162 413,228
Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (56,563 ) (75,626 )
Capitalized software (82,797 ) (94,647 )
Purchases of investment securities available-for-sale (332,571 ) (519,514 )
Purchases of investment securities held-to-maturity (300,000 ) -

Proceeds from sales and maturities of investment securities available-for-sale

134,177 976,743
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (2,913 ) (81,731 )
Investment in affiliates (17,709 ) -
Other investing activities (5,804 ) (3,574 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (664,180 ) 201,651
Financing Activities
Purchase of treasury stock - (649,468 )
Payment of debt (149,380 ) (80,000 )
Dividends paid (78,685 ) (79,259 )
Exercise of stock options 8,720 9,546
Tax benefit for share based compensation 39,025 47,803
Redemption of non-controlling interest (4,620 ) -
Net cash used in financing activities (184,940 ) (751,378 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 21,237 (17,636 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 550,279 (154,135 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 1,505,160 1,659,295
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 2,055,439 $ 1,505,160

MASTERCARD INCORPORATED OPERATING PERFORMANCE

For the 3 Months ended December 31, 2009

All MasterCard Credit,
Charge and Debit Programs

GDV
(Bil.)

Growth
(USD)

Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Trans.
(Mil.)

Cash
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Cash
Trans.
(Mil.)

Accounts
(Mil.)

Cards
(Mil.)

Acceptance
Locations
(Mil.)

APMEA $141 33.7% 20.3% $95 18.6% 1,130 $45 24.0% 325 245 268 8.9
Canada 26 13.2% -1.6% 24 1.7% 270 3 -24.9% 5 39 47 0.8
Europe 205 15.6% 6.9% 154 8.1% 1,836 51 3.5% 289 185 200 8.8
Latin America 54 21.1% 12.1% 31 12.9% 515 23 11.2% 161 100 123 3.2
United States 248 -3.4% -3.4% 207 -1.3% 3,673 41 -12.8% 257 291 328 8.2
Worldwide 674 11.0% 5.3% 510 5.7% 7,424 163 3.9% 1,036 861 966 29.9
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
United States $132 -13.0% -13.0% $123 -7.8% 1,516 $10 -49.5% 8 170 203
Worldwide less United States 316 16.1% 5.4% 263 8.8% 3,097 53 -8.7% 237 442 501
Worldwide 448 5.7% -0.8% 386 2.9% 4,613 62 -18.7% 245 612 704
MasterCard Debit Programs
United States $116 10.5% 10.5% $85 9.9% 2,157 $31 12.2% 249 121 125
Worldwide less United States 110 41.0% 31.3% 40 29.7% 654 70 32.2% 542 129 137
Worldwide 225 23.5% 19.7% 124 15.6% 2,811 101 25.3% 791 249 262
APMEA = Asia Pacific / Middle East / Africa
For the 12 Months ended December 31, 2009
All MasterCard Credit,
Charge and Debit Programs
GDV
(Bil.)
Growth
(USD)
Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Trans.
(Mil.)

Cash
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Cash
Trans.
(Mil.)

Accounts
(Mil.)

Cards
(Mil.)

APMEA $484 14.6% 17.9% $326 16.6% 4,152 $157 20.7% 1,154 245 268
Canada 93 -8.8% -2.7% 82 -0.3% 1,012 11 -17.4% 19 39 47
Europe 725 -6.5% 3.8% 543 4.8% 6,844 182 0.9% 1,119 185 200
Latin America 177 -3.8% 9.5% 98 11.7% 1,886 79 7.0% 590 100 123
United States 976 -7.4% -7.4% 804 -6.1% 14,250 172 -13.0% 1,039 291 328
Worldwide 2,454 -3.3% 1.4% 1,852 1.6% 28,143 602 1.0% 3,922 861 966
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
United States $525 -16.8% -16.8% $477 -12.9% 5,909 $49 -42.2% 37 170 203
Worldwide less United States 1,115 -4.5% 3.5% 916 6.4% 11,562 199 -8.3% 957 442 501
Worldwide 1,640 -8.8% -4.0% 1,393 -1.1% 17,471 247 -17.8% 994 612 704
MasterCard Debit Programs
United States $450 6.5% 6.5% $327 5.8% 8,341 $124 8.5% 1,003 121 125
Worldwide less United States 364 15.4% 26.2% 133 24.3% 2,332 231 27.3% 1,926 129 137
Worldwide 814 10.3% 14.5% 460 10.6% 10,672 355 20.0% 2,928 249 262
For the 3 Months ended December 31, 2008
All MasterCard Credit,
Charge and Debit Programs
GDV
(Bil.)
Growth
(USD)
Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Trans.
(Mil.)

Cash
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Cash
Trans.
(Mil.)

Accounts
(Mil.)

Cards
(Mil.)

APMEA $105 5.3% 17.3% $71 17.7% 946 $34 16.4% 246 219 241
Canada 23 -14.9% 5.5% 20 6.6% 258 3 -1.5% 5 36 42
Europe 177 -6.5% 9.0% 131 8.2% 1,670 46 11.5% 274 181 195
Latin America 45 -5.9% 11.6% 24 13.4% 486 21 9.5% 150 94 115
United States 257 -5.1% -5.1% 210 -4.5% 3,512 47 -7.6% 248 333 384
Worldwide 607 -4.4% 3.8% 456 3.3% 6,871 151 5.2% 924 864 978
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
United States $152 -11.4% -11.4% $133 -9.6% 1,594 $19 -22.7% 13 217 260
Worldwide less United States 273 -6.3% 9.2% 219 10.9% 2,862 54 2.8% 255 438 494
Worldwide 424 -8.2% 0.8% 352 2.2% 4,456 73 -5.3% 268 655 754
MasterCard Debit Programs
United States $105 5.9% 5.9% $77 5.6% 1,917 $28 6.6% 235 116 124
Worldwide less United States 78 6.1% 20.0% 28 13.0% 497 50 24.3% 421 93 99
Worldwide 183 6.0% 11.5% 104 7.5% 2,415 78 17.4% 656 209 224
For the 12 Months ended December 31, 2008
All MasterCard Credit,
Charge and Debit Programs
GDV
(Bil.)
Growth
(USD)
Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Purchase
Trans.
(Mil.)

Cash
Volume
(Bil.)

Growth
(Local)

Cash
Trans.
(Mil.)

Accounts
(Mil.)

Cards
(Mil.)

APMEA $422 20.9% 20.7% $287 22.1% 3,487 $134 17.7% 892 219 241
Canada 102 11.5% 11.8% 88 12.1% 968 14 9.7% 21 36 42
Europe 775 18.2% 15.7% 573 15.8% 6,344 202 15.3% 1,077 181 195
Latin America 184 16.7% 16.2% 96 18.6% 1,789 88 13.7% 570 94 115
United States 1,054 3.5% 3.5% 856 4.8% 13,734 198 -1.9% 1,019 333 384
Worldwide 2,537 11.6% 10.9% 1,900 11.4% 26,322 637 9.5% 3,578 864 978
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
United States $631 -2.2% -2.2% $547 -0.1% 6,270 $84 -13.6% 58 217 260
Worldwide less United States 1,167 16.5% 15.5% 930 17.5% 10,759 238 8.2% 1,013 438 494
Worldwide 1,799 9.2% 8.6% 1,477 10.3% 17,029 322 1.5% 1,071 655 754
MasterCard Debit Programs
United States $423 13.2% 13.2% $309 14.9% 7,464 $114 9.0% 962 116 124
Worldwide less United States 316 25.3% 22.0% 114 16.3% 1,829 201 25.6% 1,546 93 99
Worldwide 738 18.1% 16.8% 423 15.3% 9,293 315 19.0% 2,508 209 224

Note that columns in the tables above may not add due to rounding; growth represents change from the comparable year-ago period.

Footnote

The tables set forth the gross dollar volume ("GDV"), purchase volume, cash volume and the number of purchase transactions, cash transactions, accounts, cards and acceptance locations on a regional and global basis for MasterCard(R)-branded and MasterCard Electronic(TM)-branded cards. Growth rates over prior periods are provided for volume-based data.

Debit transactions on Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R)-branded cards, Mondex(R) transactions and transactions involving brands other than MasterCard are not included in the preceding tables.

For purposes of the table: GDV represents purchase volume plus cash volume and includes the impact of balance transfers and convenience checks; "purchase volume" means the aggregate dollar amount of purchases made with MasterCard-branded cards for the relevant period; and "cash volume" means the aggregate dollar amount of cash disbursements obtained with MasterCard-branded cards for the relevant period. The number of cards includes virtual cards, which are MasterCard-branded payment accounts in connection with which functional cards are not generally issued. Acceptance locations include merchant locations, ATMs and other locations where cash may be obtained.

The MasterCard payment product is comprised of credit, charge and debit programs, and data relating to each type of program is included in the tables. Debit programs include MasterCard-branded debit programs where the primary means of cardholder validation at the point of sale is for cardholders either to sign a sales receiptor enter a PIN. The tables include information with respect to transactions involving MasterCard-branded cards that are not processed by MasterCard and transactions for which MasterCard does not earn significant revenues.

Information denominated in U.S. dollars is calculated by applying an established U.S. dollar/local currency exchange rate for each local currency in which MasterCard volumes are reported. These exchange rates are calculated on a quarterly basis using the average exchange rate for each quarter. MasterCard reports period-over-period rates of change in purchase volume and cash volume on the basis of local currency information, in order to eliminate the impact of changes in the value of foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar in calculating such rates of change.

The data set forth in the GDV, purchase volume, purchase transactions, cash volume and cash transactions columns is provided by MasterCard customers and is subject to verification by MasterCard and partial cross-checking against information provided by MasterCard's transaction processing systems. The data set forth in the accounts and cards columns is provided by MasterCard customers and is subject to certain limited verification by MasterCard. A portion of the data set forth in the accounts and cards columns reflects the impact of routine portfolio changes among customers and other practices that may lead to over counting of the underlying data in certain circumstances. In order to provide a true indication of how broadly our cards can be used, MasterCard seeks to provide the most accurate acceptance figures possible and to maintain that MasterCard acceptance is unsurpassed worldwide by periodically validating our results with third parties. The data set forth in the acceptance locations column is derived through a proprietary methodology designed to minimize the impact of multiple acquiring in certain markets. This data is based on information provided by our customers and other third parties and is subject to certain limited verification by MasterCard and partial cross-checking against information provided by MasterCard's transaction processing systems. All data is subject to revision and amendment by MasterCard's customers subsequent to the date of its release.

Performance information for prior periods can be found in the "Investor Relations" section of MasterCard's website at http://www.mastercard.com/index.html.

GAAP Reconciliation

($ millions, except per share data)

Three months ended December 31, 2009

Three months ended December 31, 2008

Actual

Special
Items

Non-
GAAP

Actual

Special
Items

Non-
GAAP

Litigation settlements $ - $

-

$ - $ 6 $

6

a $ -
Total operating expenses 830 - 830 762 6 756
Operating income 468 - 468 462 6 468
Operating Margin 36.1 % 36.1 % 37.7 % 38.2 %
Income before income taxes 458 - 458 445 6 451
Income taxes 164 - 164 206 2 208
Net Income $ 294 $ - $ 294 $ 239 $ 4 $ 243
Basic Net Income per Share $ 2.25 - $ 2.25 $ 1.83 c $ 0.03 $ 1.86 c
Diluted Net Income per Share $ 2.24 - $ 2.24 $ 1.83 c $ 0.02 $ 1.85 c

For the year ended December 31, 2009

For the year ended December 31, 2008

Actual

Special
Items

Non-
GAAP

Actual

Special
Items

Non-
GAAP

Litigation settlements $ 7 $ 7 a $ - $ 2,483 $ 2,483 a $ -
Total operating expenses 2,839 7 2,832 5,526 2,483 3,043
Operating income (loss) 2,260 7 2,267 (535 ) 2,483 1,948
Operating Margin 44.3 % 44.5 % (10.7 %) 39.0 %
Other income (expense), net 15 - 15 72 75 b (3 )
Total other income (expense) (42 ) - (42 ) 151 75 76
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,218 7 2,225 (383 ) 2,408 2,025
Income taxes (benefit) 755 2 758 (129 ) 914 785
Net Income (Loss) $ 1,463 $ 4 $ 1,467 $ (254 ) $ 1,494 $ 1,239
Basic Net Income (Loss) per Share $ 11.19 $ 0.04 $ 11.23 $ (1.94 ) c $ 11.39 $ 9.45 c
Diluted Net Income (Loss) per Share $ 11.16 $ 0.03 $ 11.19 $ (1.94 ) c $ 11.35 $ 9.41 c

a-

Litigation Settlements

b-

Gain from the termination of a customer business agreement

c-

Amounts have been revised in accordance with the adoption of a new earnings per share accounting standard related to instruments granted in share-based payment transactions on January 1, 2009.

Note that the figures in the preceding tables may not sum due to rounding

Reconciliation to Effective Tax Rate
($ millions, except percentages)

Three months ended December 31, 2008
Actual

Actual
Effective
Tax Rate

Special
Items

Non-GAAP

Non-GAAP
Effective Tax
Rate

Income before income taxes $ 445 46.2% $

6

$

451

46.1%
Income tax expenses 206 2 208
Net income $ 239 $ 4 $ 243
For the year ended December 31, 2008
Actual

Actual
Effective
Tax Rate

Special
Items

Non-GAAP

Non-GAAP
Effective Tax
Rate

Income (loss) before income taxes $ (383 ) 33.7% $ 2,408 $ 2,025 38.8%
Income tax expenses (benefit) (129 ) 914 785
Net income (loss) $ (254 ) $ 1,494 $ 1,239

Note that the figures in the preceding tables may not sum due to rounding

For more information about these reconciliations, refer to MasterCard Incorporated's Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 4, 2010.

SOURCE: MasterCard Incorporated

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