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MasterCard Incorporated Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results

  • Fourth-quarter net income of $415 million, or $3.16 per diluted share
  • Fourth-quarter net revenue increase of 10.7%, to $1.4 billion
  • Fourth-quarter gross dollar volume up 11.0% and purchase volume up 10.8%
  • Fourth-quarter operating income increase of 21.6%

PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb 03, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter 2010. The company reported net income of $415 million, up 41.2%, and earnings per diluted share of $3.16, up 41.1%, in each case versus the year-ago period.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $1.4 billion, a 10.7% increase versus the same period in 2009. On a constant currency basis, net revenue increased 13.0% compared to the same period in 2009. Net revenue growth was driven by the impact of the following:

  • An increase in cross-border volumes of 18.7%;
  • An 11.0% increase in gross dollar volume on a local currency basis, to $752 billion; and
  • Pricing changes of approximately 5 percentage points.

These factors were partially offset by an increase in rebates and incentives primarily due to new and renewed agreements and increased volumes.

Worldwide purchase volume during the quarter was up 10.8% on a local currency basis versus the fourth quarter of 2009, to $567 billion. The number of processed transactions increased 6.3% compared to the same period in 2009, to 6.2 billion. As of December 31, 2010, the company's customers had issued 1.6 billion MasterCard and Maestro-branded cards.

"2010 proved to be a good year for MasterCard. Our business momentum was fueled by products and solutions that create efficiencies for cardholders, businesses and governments while driving future growth," said Ajay Banga, MasterCard president and chief executive officer. "Importantly, our strategic investments--including the acquisition of DataCash, our pending acquisition of Travelex's program management business and the Telefónica joint venture--will continue to enhance our e-Commerce, prepaid, and mobile capabilities, positioning us at the forefront of global payments innovation."

Banga continued, "We are pleased to have ended the year with a strong fourth quarter. Our net revenue was up almost 11%, with underlying growth showing quarter-over-quarter improvement in all regions, and our operating income grew nearly 22%."

Total operating expenses increased 4.6%, to $869 million, during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. Excluding currency fluctuations, operating expenses were up 6.1%. The increase in total operating expenses was driven by:

  • A 6.8% increase in advertising and marketing to $305 million, primarily due to customer-specific initiatives and sponsorships. Advertising and marketing spend grew 8.2% on a constant currency basis.
  • A 2.3% increase in general and administrative expenses, primarily due to increased investments in support of strategic growth initiatives and the inclusion of DataCash's expenses, partially offset by lower severance costs. General and administrative expenses grew 3.9% on a constant currency basis.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, operating income increased 21.6% over the year-ago period and the company delivered an operating margin of 39.6%.

MasterCard reported other income of $13 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 versus other expense of $10 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The change was driven by a decrease in interest expense due to lower interest accretion related to a litigation settlement, lower interest on tax liabilities and an increase in investment income.

MasterCard's effective tax rate was 28.7% in the fourth quarter of 2010, versus a rate of 35.8% in the comparable period in 2009. The decrease was primarily due to a benefit recorded in connection with the repatriation of foreign earnings.

Full-Year 2010 Results

For the year ended December 31, 2010, MasterCard reported net income of $1.8 billion, or $14.05 per diluted share.

Net revenue for the full-year 2010 was $5.5 billion, an increase of 8.6% versus 2009. On a constant currency basis, net revenue increased 9.5%. Cross-border volume growth of 15.2% and gross dollar volume growth of 9.1%, contributed to the net revenue growth in the full-year period. In addition, a pricing contribution of approximately 5 percentage points was offset by an increase in rebates and incentives due to new and renewed customer agreements and increased volumes.

Total operating expenses decreased 1.8%, to $2.8 billion, for 2010 compared to 2009, primarily due to lower personnel costs, partially offset by increased expense related to strategic initiatives, marketing and travel and entertainment. Excluding currency fluctuations, total operating expenses decreased 1.1%.

Operating income increased 21.8% for 2010 versus 2009. The company's operating margin was 49.7% for the full-year period.

Total other income was $5 million for the full-year 2010 versus total other expense of $42 million in 2009. This was driven by a decrease in interest expense primarily due to lower interest accretion related to previous litigation settlements.

MasterCard's effective tax rate was 33.0% for the full-year 2010, versus a rate of 34.1% for the full-year 2009. The decrease was primarily due to benefits recorded in connection with the repatriation of foreign earnings.

Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 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 financial results.

The dial-in information for this call is 866-314-5050 (within the U.S.) and 617-213-8051 (outside the U.S.) and the passcode is 18859734. A replay of the call will be available for one week following the meeting. 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 31243954.

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 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 2010, $2.7 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 23 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(R), Maestro(R), and Cirrus(R); its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass(TM) and MasterCard inControl(TM). MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at 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 MasterCard's ability to continue to enhance its e-Commerce, prepaid and mobile capabilities through acquisitions and other strategic investments.

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 and 2011, 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 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2010 2009 2010 2009
(in millions, except per share data)
Revenues, net $ 1,438 $ 1,299 $ 5,539 $ 5,099
Operating Expenses
General and administrative 518 507 1,852 1,935
Advertising and marketing 305 286 782 756
Litigation settlements 4 - 5 7
Depreciation and amortization 42 38 148 141
Total operating expenses 869 831 2,787 2,839
Operating income 569 468 2,752 2,260
Other Income (Expense)
Investment income, net 23 16 57 58
Interest expense (9 ) (23 ) (52 ) (115 )
Other income (expense), net (1 ) (3 ) - 15
Total other income (expense) 13 (10 ) 5 (42 )
Income before income taxes 582 458 2,757 2,218
Income tax expense 167 164 910 755
Net income 415 294 1,847 1,463
Income attributable to non-controlling interests - - (1 ) -
Net Income Attributable to MasterCard $ 415 $ 294 $ 1,846 $ 1,463
Basic Earnings per Share $ 3.17 $ 2.25 $ 14.10 $ 11.19
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 131 130 131 130
Diluted Earnings per Share $ 3.16 $ 2.24 $ 14.05 $ 11.16
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 131 130 131 130
MASTERCARD INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(UNAUDITED)

December 31,

December 31,

2010 2009
(in millions, except share data)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,067 $ 2,055
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value 831 824
Investment securities held-to-maturity 300 -
Accounts receivable 650 536
Settlement due from customers 497 459
Restricted security deposits held for customers 493 446
Prepaid expenses 315 313
Deferred income taxes 216 244
Other current assets 85 126
Total Current Assets 6,454 5,003
Property, plant and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation 439 449
Deferred income taxes 5 264
Goodwill 677 309
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization 530 415
Auction rate securities available-for-sale, at fair value 106 180
Investment securities held-to-maturity 36 338
Prepaid expenses 365 328
Other assets 225 184
Total Assets $ 8,837 $ 7,470
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 272 $ 290
Settlement due to customers 636 478
Restricted security deposits held for customers 493 446
Obligations under litigation settlements 298 607
Accrued expenses 1,315 1,225
Other current liabilities 129 121
Total Current Liabilities 3,143 3,167
Deferred income taxes 74 80
Obligations under litigation settlements 4 263
Long-term debt - 22
Other liabilities 400 426
Total Liabilities 3,621 3,958

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' Equity
Class A common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 3,000,000,000 shares, 129,436,818 and
116,534,029 shares issued and 122,696,228 and 109,793,439 outstanding, respectively - -
Class B common stock, $.0001 par value; authorized 1,200,000,000 shares, 8,202,380 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 3,445 3,412
Class A treasury stock, at cost, 6,740,590 shares, respectively (1,250 ) (1,250 )
Retained earnings 2,915 1,148
Accumulated other comprehensive income:
Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustments 105 212
Defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans, net of tax (12 ) (15 )
Investment securities available-for-sale, net of tax 2 (3 )
Total accumulated other comprehensive income 95 194
Total Stockholders' Equity 5,205 3,504
Non-controlling interests 11 8
Total Equity 5,216 3,512
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 8,837 $ 7,470
MASTERCARD INCORPORATED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)

For the Twelve Months

Ended December 31,

2010 2009
(in millions)
Operating Activities
Net income $ 1,847 $ 1,463
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 148 141
Share based payments 63 88
Stock units withheld for taxes (126 ) (28 )
Tax benefit for share based compensation (85 ) (39 )
Impairment of assets 4 16
Accretion of imputed interest on litigation settlements 35 86
Deferred income taxes 248 337
Other 2 (11 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (115 ) 122
Income taxes receivable (50 ) 190
Settlement due from customers (61 ) 54
Prepaid expenses (48 ) (113 )
Obligations under litigation settlement (603 ) (939 )
Accounts payable (19 ) 34
Settlement due to customers 186 (66 )
Accrued expenses 265 82
Net change in other assets and liabilities 6 (39 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,697 1,378
Investing Activities
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (498 ) (3 )
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (61 ) (57 )
Capitalized software (90 ) (83 )
Purchases of investment securities available-for-sale (329 ) (333 )
Purchases of investment securities held-to-maturity - (300 )

Proceeds from sales of investment securities available-for-sale

297 98
Proceeds from maturities of available-for-sale securities 110 36
Investment in nonmarketable equity investments (67 ) (18 )
Other investing activities (3 ) (4 )
Net cash used in investing activities (641 ) (664 )
Financing Activities
Tax benefit for share based compensation 85 39
Exercise of stock options 11 9
Dividends paid (79 ) (79 )
Investment in (redemption of) non-controlling interest 2 (5 )
Payment of debt - (149 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 19 (185 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (63 ) 21
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 1,012 550
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 2,055 1,505
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 3,067 $ 2,055

MASTERCARD INCORPORATEDOPERATING PERFORMANCE

For the 3 Months ended December 31, 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 $178 25.8% 19.1% $121 19.5% 1,323 $58 18.1% 411 269 294 9.2
Canada 29 11.9% 7.1% 26 6.4% 291 3 14.3% 5 40 49 0.8
Europe 225 8.3% 14.0% 168 13.0% 2,130 57 17.1% 338 198 212 9.1

Latin America

66 22.0% 20.0% 38 25.0% 626 28 13.9% 175 104 127 3.9
Worldwide less United States 499 16.0% 16.1% 353 15.8% 4,370 146 16.8% 929 612 682 23.0

United States

253 2.1% 2.1% 214 3.3% 3,776 39 -4.0% 250 263 294 8.7
Worldwide 752 10.9% 11.0% 567 10.8% 8,146 185 11.7% 1,179 875 975 31.7
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 353 11.5% 11.6% 300 13.4% 3,454 52 2.2% 234 447 507

United States

135 2.2% 2.2% 126 3.2% 1,547 9 -9.6% 7 143 171
Worldwide 488 8.7% 8.8% 427 10.2% 5,001 61 0.4% 242 591 678
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 147 28.7% 28.6% 53 31.7% 916 94 27.0% 695 165 175

United States

118 2.0% 2.0% 88 3.6% 2,229 30 -2.3% 243 120 123
Worldwide 265 15.2% 15.2% 141 12.6% 3,144 124 18.3% 937 284 297
For the 12 Months ended December 31, 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 $619 27.3% 18.8% $412 17.1% 4,849 $207 22.1% 1,507 269 294
Canada 107 14.9% 4.2% 95 5.3% 1,078 12 -3.2% 20 40 49
Europe 809 10.8% 13.5% 604 13.2% 7,867 205 14.3% 1,269 198 212

Latin America

221 23.1% 17.4% 125 22.4% 2,207 95 11.5% 646 104 127
Worldwide less United States 1,755 17.9% 15.2% 1,236 14.7% 16,000 519 16.3% 3,443 612 682

United States

972 -0.3% -0.3% 812 1.0% 14,317 160 -6.6% 1,016 263 294
Worldwide 2,727 10.7% 9.1% 2,047 8.9% 30,317 679 9.9% 4,459 875 975
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 1,255 12.9% 10.0% 1,058 12.3% 12,808 197 -0.8% 922 447 507

United States

515 -2.0% -2.0% 479 0.5% 5,853 36 -26.4% 30 143 171
Worldwide 1,770 8.1% 6.2% 1,537 8.3% 18,661 233 -5.8% 952 591 678
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 500 32.8% 30.4% 177 31.3% 3,192 322 29.9% 2,520 165 175

United States

457 1.7% 1.7% 333 1.9% 8,464 124 1.2% 986 120 123
Worldwide 957 15.9% 14.9% 510 10.5% 11,656 447 20.4% 3,507 284 297
For the 3 Months ended December 31, 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 $142 34.9% 21.4% $95 19.1% 1,139 $46 26.4% 337 247 268
Canada 26 13.2% -1.6% 24 1.7% 270 3 -24.9% 5 39 47
Europe 208 17.3% 8.4% 156 9.6% 1,873 52 5.0% 295 185 199

Latin America

54 19.7% 11.0% 31 13.7% 516 23 7.6% 161 99 122
Worldwide less United States 430 22.6% 12.0% 306 12.1% 3,798 124 11.6% 798 570 635

United States

248 -3.4% -3.4% 207 -1.3% 3,673 41 -12.8% 257 279 314
Worldwide 678 11.6% 5.8% 513 6.3% 7,470 165 4.4% 1,055 849 949
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 317 16.5% 5.8% 264 9.2% 3,114 52 -8.6% 234 444 501

United States

132 -13.0% -13.0% 123 -7.8% 1,517 10 -49.5% 8 160 192
Worldwide 449 6.0% -0.5% 387 3.2% 4,630 62 -18.7% 242 604 693
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 114 43.3% 33.6% 42 34.8% 684 72 32.9% 564 126 134

United States

116 10.5% 10.5% 85 9.9% 2,156 31 12.1% 249 118 123
Worldwide 230 24.7% 20.9% 126 17.1% 2,840 103 25.9% 813 245 257
For the 12 Months ended December 31, 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 $486 15.2% 18.5% $327 16.9% 4,167 $159 22.0% 1,177 247 268
Canada 93 -8.8% -2.7% 82 -0.3% 1,012 11 -17.4% 19 39 47
Europe 730 -5.8% 4.5% 546 5.4% 6,904 184 2.0% 1,125 185 199

Latin America

179 -4.1% 9.1% 99 12.5% 1,889 80 5.1% 606 99 122
Worldwide less United States 1,488 0.2% 8.8% 1,053 8.9% 13,972 435 8.5% 2,927 570 635

United States

975 -7.5% -7.5% 804 -6.1% 14,245 172 -13.4% 1,039 279 314
Worldwide 2,463 -3.0% 1.7% 1,857 1.8% 28,218 606 1.3% 3,966 849 949
MasterCard Credit and Charge Programs
Worldwide less United States 1,112 -4.5% 3.6% 916 6.6% 11,577 195 -8.7% 927 444 501

United States

526 -16.8% -16.8% 477 -12.8% 5,912 49 -42.2% 37 160 192
Worldwide 1,637 -8.8% -4.0% 1,393 -0.9% 17,488 244 -18.1% 963 604 693
MasterCard Debit Programs
Worldwide less United States 377 16.8% 27.6% 137 26.7% 2,396 239 28.1% 2,001 126 134

United States

450 6.3% 6.3% 327 5.8% 8,334 123 7.9% 1,002 118 123
Worldwide 826 10.9% 15.1% 464 11.2% 10,730 362 20.5% 3,003 245 257
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(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 www.mastercard.com.

SOURCE: MasterCard Incorporated

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