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MasterCard Incorporated Reports Third-Quarter 2010 Financial Results

  • Third-quarter net income of $518 million, or $3.94 per diluted share
  • Third-quarter net revenue increase of 4.7%, to $1.4 billion
  • Third-quarter gross dollar volume up 8.5% and purchase volume up 7.9%

PURCHASE, N.Y.-- MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) today announced financial results for the third quarter 2010. The company reported net income of $518 million, up 14.6%, and earnings per diluted share of $3.94, up 14.2%, in each case versus the year-ago period.

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.4 billion, a 4.7% increase versus the same period in 2009. On a constant currency basis, net revenue increased 7.3% compared to the same period in 2009, driven by the revenue impact of the following:

  • An increase in cross-border volumes of 15.4%; and
  • An 8.5% increase in GDV on a local currency basis, to $685 billion.

In addition, a pricing contribution of approximately 7 percentage points, including the effect of cross-border rebates, was offset by a net increase in rebates and incentives due to new and renewed customer agreements.

Worldwide purchase volume during the quarter was up 7.9% on a local currency basis versus the third quarter of 2009, to $514 billion. The number of processed transactions increased 0.6% compared to the same period in 2009, to 5.8 billion. As of September 30, 2010, the company’s customers had issued 1.6 billion MasterCard and Maestro-branded cards.

"Consumers and businesses around the world continue to recognize the benefits of electronic payments and MasterCard remains at the heart of this evolution," said Ajay Banga, MasterCard president and chief executive officer. "Our year-to-date net income is up over 22%, aided by strong volume growth from markets outside of the U.S."

Banga commented, “Leveraging our global presence and differentiated assets, we continued to win new deals and execute against our three strategic pillars to grow, diversify and build MasterCard’s business. We are growing our global debit portfolio with new agreements that include Sovereign Bank, Chevy Chase (now part of Capital One) and Delta Air Lines in the U.S., Barclaycard in Germany and Qatar Islamic Bank. We are expanding our presence in new markets and channels, reflected in our memorandum of understanding with China Union Pay and an agreement with Singtel, one of the larger mobile operators in Asia. We also completed our acquisition of DataCash which enhances our e-Commerce capabilities."

Total operating expenses decreased 4.1%, to $662 million, during the third quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. Excluding currency fluctuations, operating expenses were down 2.6%. The decrease in total operating expenses was driven by a 6.7% reduction in general and administrative expenses, or 5.2% on a constant currency basis. This was due to lower personnel expense driven by decreased severance and compensation versus the year-ago quarter, primarily as a result of workforce reductions in 2009.

Advertising and marketing expenses increased $8 million, or 4.7%, in the third quarter of 2010 versus the third quarter of 2009. Excluding currency fluctuations, advertising and marketing expenses increased 6.2%.

Operating margin was 53.6% for the third quarter of 2010, up 4.2 percentage points over the year-ago period.

MasterCard's effective tax rate was 32.3% in the third quarter of 2010, versus a rate of 32.9% in the comparable period in 2009. The decrease was due primarily to benefits from the repatriation of foreign earnings and a lower state tax rate, partially offset by the impact of discrete adjustments in each of the three-month periods ending September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2010.

Year-to-Date 2010 Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, MasterCard reported net income of $1.4 billion, or $10.89 per diluted share.

Net revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was $4.1 billion, an increase of 7.9% versus the same period in 2009. On a constant currency basis, net revenue increased 8.4%.

Cross-border volume growth of 13.9%, gross dollar volume growth of 8.5%, and the net impact of pricing changes of approximately 6 percentage points, including the effect of cross-border rebates, contributed to the net revenue growth in the year-to-date period. These factors were partially offset by a net increase in rebates and incentives due to new and renewed customer agreements.

Total operating expenses decreased 4.5%, to $1.9 billion, for the nine-month period compared to the same period in 2009. Excluding currency fluctuations, total operating expenses decreased 4.3%.

Operating margin was 53.2% for the nine months ending September 30, 2010, up 6.0 percentage points over the year-ago period.

Total other expense was $8 million for the nine-month period versus $32 million for the same period in 2009. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in interest accretion on litigation settlements.

MasterCard’s effective tax rate was 34.2% in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, versus a rate of 33.6% in the comparable period in 2009. The increase in the effective tax rate was primarily due to the impact of discrete adjustments in each of the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2010, partially offset by benefits from repatriation of foreign earnings and a lower state tax rate.

Third-Quarter Financial Results Conference Call Details

At 9:00 a.m. ET today, the company will host a conference call to discuss its third-quarter financial results.

The dial-in information for this call is 800-561-2718 (within the U.S.) and 617-614-3525 (outside the U.S.) and the passcode is 39627109. 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 88723546.

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.

About MasterCard Incorporated

As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Incorporated prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2009, $2.5 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 22 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 140 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 140 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl™. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at http://www.mastercard.com.

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, statements related to:

  • consumers and businesses continuing to recognize the benefits of electronic payments; and
  • our ability to continue to expand into new markets and payment channels.

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, 2009, the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K that have been filed with the SEC during 2010, 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

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2010 2009 2010 2009
(In millions, except per share data)
Revenues, net $ 1,428 $ 1,364 $ 4,101 $ 3,800
Operating Expenses
General and administrative 443 475 1,334 1,428
Advertising and marketing 182 174 477 470
Litigation settlements 1 6 1 7
Depreciation and amortization 36 36 106 103

Total operating expenses

662 691 1,918 2,008
Operating income 766 673 2,183 1,792
Other Income (Expense)
Investment income 11 11 34 42
Interest expense (11 ) (24 ) (43 ) (92 )
Other income (expense), net 1 13 1 18

Total other income (expense)

1 - (8 ) (32 )
Income before income taxes 767 673 2,175 1,760
Income tax expense 248 221 743 591
Net income 519 452 1,432 1,169
Income attributable to non-controlling interests (1 ) - (1 ) -
Net Income Attributable to MasterCard $ 518 $ 452 $ 1,431 $ 1,169
Basic Earnings per Share $ 3.96 $ 3.46 $ 10.93 $ 8.95
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 131 130 131 130
Diluted Earnings per Share $ 3.94 $ 3.45 $ 10.89 $ 8.92
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 131 130 131 130
MASTERCARD INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
September 30, December 31,
2010 2009
(In millions, except share data)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,479 $ 2,055
Restricted cash 527 -
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 836 824
Investment securities held-to-maturity 301 -
Accounts receivable 580 536
Settlement due from customers 400 459
Restricted security deposits held for customers 467 446
Prepaid expenses 305 313
Deferred income taxes 253 244
Other current assets 85 126
Total Current Assets 6,233 5,003
Property, plant and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation 433 449
Deferred income taxes 102 264
Goodwill 297 309
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $467 and $422, respectively 412 415
Auction rate securities available-for-sale, at fair value 118 180
Investment securities held-to-maturity 36 338
Prepaid expenses 375 328
Other assets 160 184
Total Assets $ 8,166 $ 7,470
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 243 $ 290
Settlement due to customers 427 478
Restricted security deposits held for customers 467 446
Obligations under litigation settlements 440 607
Accrued expenses 1,122 1,225
Other current liabilities 133 121
Total Current Liabilities 2,832 3,167
Deferred income taxes 90 80
Obligations under litigation settlements 4 263
Long-term debt 1 22
Other liabilities 388 426
Total Liabilities 3,315 3,958
Commitments and Contingencies
Stockholders' Equity
Class A common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 3,000,000,000 shares, 129,116,036 and
116,534,029 shares issued and 122,375,446 and 109,793,439 outstanding, respectively - -
Class B common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 1,200,000,000 shares, 8,499,290 and
19,977,657 issued and outstanding, respectively - -
Class M common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 0 and 1,000,000 shares, 0 and 1,812 shares
issued and outstanding, respectively - -
Additional paid-in-capital 3,431 3,412
Class A treasury stock, at cost, 6,740,590 shares, respectively (1,250 ) (1,250 )
Retained earnings 2,520 1,148
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss):
Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustments 144 212
Defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans, net of tax (9 ) (15 )
Investment securities available-for-sale, net of tax 6 (3 )
Total accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 141 194
Total Stockholders' Equity 4,842 3,504
Non-controlling interests 9 8
Total Equity 4,851 3,512
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 8,166 $ 7,470
MASTERCARD INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2010 2009
(In millions)
Operating Activities
Net income $ 1,432 $ 1,169
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 106 103
Share based payments 49 69
Stock units withheld for taxes (125 ) (28 )
Tax benefit for share based compensation (85 ) (32 )
Impairment of assets 3 16
Accretion of imputed interest on litigation settlements 29 73
Deferred income taxes 158 204
Other 6 (13 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (53 ) 162
Income taxes receivable (16 ) 190
Settlement due from customers 42 95
Prepaid expenses (46 ) (58 )
Obligations under litigation settlements (455 ) (784 )
Accounts payable (45 ) 21
Settlement due to customers (29 ) (125 )
Accrued expenses 28 1
Net change in other assets and liabilities 28 31
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,027 1,094
Investing Activities
Increase in restricted cash (527 ) -
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (37 ) (37 )
Capitalized software (68 ) (59 )
Purchases of investment securities available-for-sale (118 ) (105 )
Proceeds from sales of investment securities, available-for-sale 94 71
Proceeds from maturities of available-for-sale securities 86 13
Investment in nonmarketable equity investments (12 ) (16 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired - (3 )
Other investing activities (1 ) (4 )
Net cash used in investing activities (583 ) (140 )
Financing Activities
Payment of debt - (149 )
Dividends paid (59 ) (59 )
Tax benefit for share based compensation 85 32
Cash proceeds from exercise of stock options 10 6
Redemption of non-controlling interest - (5 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 36 (175 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (56 ) 32
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 424 811
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 2,055 1,505
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 2,479 $ 2,316

MASTERCARD INCORPORATED OPERATING PERFORMANCE

For the 3 Months ended September 30, 2010
Purchase Purchase Cash Cash Acceptance
All MasterCard Credit, GDV Growth Growth Volume Growth Trans. Volume Growth Trans. Accounts Cards Locations
Charge and Debit Programs (Bil.) (USD) (Local) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Mil.) (Mil.) (Mil.)
APMEA $157 23.6% 17.5% $104 15.7% 1,239 $53 21.2% 388 265 289 9.1
Canada 27 10.1% 4.3% 24 5.2% 279 3 -2.9% 5 38 46 0.8
Europe 207 6.2% 13.9% 154 13.3% 2,040 53 15.7% 332 192 205 9.0
Latin America 55 19.8% 17.4% 32 22.6% 566 23 11.0% 161 103 126 3.7
Worldwide less United States 445 13.7% 14.9% 313 14.3% 4,124 132 16.4% 887 598 665 22.5
United States 240 -1.7% -1.7% 201 -0.7% 3,551 39 -6.7% 252 259 290 8.4
Worldwide 685 7.8% 8.5% 514 7.9% 7,675 171 10.2% 1,139 857 955 30.9
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 317 8.6% 9.6% 267 11.8% 3,281 50 -0.7% 235 446 504
United States 132 -0.7% -0.7% 122 0.8% 1,502 10 -16.4% 8 143 171
Worldwide 449 5.7% 6.4% 390 8.1% 4,783 59 -3.6% 243 589 675
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 128 28.6% 30.5% 46 31.7% 843 82 29.9% 652 152 162
United States 108 -3.0% -3.0% 79 -3.0% 2,049 30 -3.0% 244 116 119
Worldwide 237 11.9% 12.7% 125 7.5% 2,892 112 19.1% 897 268 280
For the 9 Months ended September 30, 2010
Purchase Purchase Cash Cash
All MasterCard Credit, GDV Growth Growth Volume Growth Trans. Volume Growth Trans. Accounts Cards
Charge and Debit Programs (Bil.) (USD) (Local) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Mil.) (Mil.)
APMEA $439 28.1% 18.7% $291 16.2% 3,515 $149 23.9% 1,086 265 289
Canada 77 16.1% 3.2% 69 4.8% 787 9 -8.1% 15 38 46
Europe 583 11.7% 13.2% 435 13.2% 5,736 147 13.2% 931 192 205
Latin America 155 23.7% 16.5% 87 21.5% 1,583 67 10.6% 471 103 126
Worldwide less United States 1,254 18.7% 14.8% 882 14.3% 11,621 372 16.1% 2,503 598 665
United States 719 -1.1% -1.1% 598 0.3% 10,542 121 -7.4% 766 259 290
Worldwide 1,974 10.6% 8.5% 1,480 8.2% 22,163 494 9.3% 3,269 857 955
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 902 13.5% 9.5% 758 11.9% 9,357 144 -1.8% 688 446 504
United States 380 -3.3% -3.3% 353 -0.3% 4,310 27 -30.5% 22 143 171
Worldwide 1,282 7.9% 5.3% 1,111 7.7% 13,666 172 -7.8% 710 589 675
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 352 34.5% 31.2% 124 31.2% 2,265 228 31.2% 1,816 152 162
United States 339 1.6% 1.6% 245 1.2% 6,232 94 2.4% 743 116 119
Worldwide 691 16.0% 14.8% 369 9.7% 8,497 322 21.2% 2,559 268 280
For the 3 Months ended September 30, 2009
Purchase Purchase Cash Cash
All MasterCard Credit, GDV Growth Growth Volume Growth Trans. Volume Growth Trans. Accounts Cards
Charge and Debit Programs (Bil.) (USD) (Local) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Mil.) (Mil.)
APMEA $127 15.5% 18.3% $86 16.2% 1,079 $41 22.7% 303 241 262
Canada 24 -10.2% -5.2% 22 -2.7% 263 3 -20.4% 5 37 45
Europe 195 -7.7% 2.4% 145 3.3% 1,785 50 0.1% 292 182 196
Latin America 46 -7.2% 10.0% 26 12.9% 469 20 6.5% 150 97 119
Worldwide less United States 392 -1.4% 7.4% 278 7.3% 3,596 114 7.8% 750 557 622
United States 244 -8.8% -8.8% 202 -7.4% 3,616 42 -14.7% 264 284 324
Worldwide 636 -4.4% 0.6% 480 0.5% 7,212 156 0.6% 1,013 841 946
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 292 -6.0% 1.9% 241 4.9% 2,964 51 -10.0% 234 440 497
United States 133 -17.9% -17.9% 121 -13.8% 1,509 11 -45.4% 9 168 199
Worldwide 425 -10.1% -5.2% 362 -2.2% 4,472 62 -19.6% 243 608 696
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 100 15.1% 27.5% 37 26.1% 632 63 28.3% 516 117 125
United States 112 5.2% 5.2% 81 4.2% 2,108 31 8.0% 255 116 125
Worldwide 212 9.6% 14.7% 118 10.2% 2,740 94 20.9% 770 233 250
For the 9 Months ended September 30, 2009
Purchase Purchase Cash Cash
All MasterCard Credit, GDV Growth Growth Volume Growth Trans. Volume Growth Trans. Accounts Cards
Charge and Debit Programs (Bil.) (USD) (Local) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Bil.) (Local) (Mil.) (Mil.) (Mil.)
APMEA $343 8.3% 17.0% $231 15.8% 3,017 $112 19.6% 830 241 262
Canada 67 -15.2% -3.1% 58 -1.1% 742 8 -14.8% 15 37 45
Europe 522 -12.7% 3.0% 390 3.7% 5,029 132 0.9% 830 182 196
Latin America 125 -11.8% 8.3% 68 11.9% 1,374 57 4.2% 444 97 119
Worldwide less United States 1,056 -6.9% 7.4% 747 7.5% 10,162 310 7.0% 2,120 557 622
United States 727 -8.8% -8.8% 596 -7.7% 10,575 131 -13.6% 782 284 324
Worldwide 1,784 -7.7% 0.1% 1,343 0.2% 20,737 441 0.0% 2,902 841 946
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs

Worldwide less United States

795 -10.9% 2.7% 652 5.6% 8,459 143 -8.8% 691 440 497
United States 393 -18.0% -18.0% 354 -14.5% 4,395 39 -40.1% 29 168 199
Worldwide 1,188 -13.4% -5.2% 1,006 -2.5% 12,854 182 -18.0% 720 608 696
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 262 7.8% 24.8% 95 23.0% 1,703 167 25.8% 1,429 117 125
United States 334 5.0% 5.0% 242 4.4% 6,180 92 6.6% 753 116 125
Worldwide 596 6.2% 12.8% 337 9.0% 7,883 259 18.2% 2,182 233 250
APMEA = Asia Pacific / Middle East / Africa

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®-branded and MasterCard Electronic™-branded cards. Growth rates over prior periods are provided for volume-based data.

Debit transactions on Maestro® and Cirrus®-branded cards, Mondex® 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 receipt or 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.

Contacts:
MasterCard Incorporated
Investor Relations:
Barbara Gasper, 914-249-4565
investor_relations@mastercard.com
or
Media Relations:
Chris Monteiro, 914-249-5826
chris_monteiro@mastercard.com