|MasterCard Incorporated Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results|
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:
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:
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.
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.
Note that columns in the tables above may not add due to rounding; growth represents change from the comparable year-ago period.
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