Corporate Strategy in Consumer Finance: Assessing the Operating Landscape

January 2012

The leading US-based international card networks dedicated significant capital to acquisitions in 2010 and 2011 to further boost internet and mobile payment processing capabilities. As the operators looked to establish a competitive edge domestically, they expanded merchant acceptance abroad, which contributed to consistent card payment value growth. Domestic operating schemes gained share, led by China UnionPay and JCB in Asis-Pacific.

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Key findings

Global economic Overview

Selective recovery for the developed world
Small hiccup for emerging markets
Diverging employment picture
Card payments continue to take share of paper payments globally

Global economic overview

Financial performance of leading operators

Acquisitions and partnerships

What’s driving the push for acquisitions
Selected key corporate activities by type
Visa: Acquisitions and partnerships
CyberSource to boost Visa’s e-commerce position
MasterCard: Acquisitions and partnerships
Travelex acquisition – MasterCard moves in on pre-paid
Discover Financial Services: Acquisitions and partnerships
Discover acquisition of SLC
American Express: Acquisitions and partnerships
American Express builds Serve payment system
JCB expanding travel partnerships
China UnionPay moving beyond domestic borders

Regional challenges

Regional breakdown of challenges for international operators
US regulatory environment

Regional Challenges

Western European and cross-border fee agreements
EU financial stability
Potential alternatives to financial card operators
Increasing financial literacy in emerging markets
Reaching the unbanked
Emerging markets financial infrastructure catching up
National and regional networks

The role of the mobile phone

M-payment platforms make it to market

the role of the mobile phone

A variety of players in the process eyeing share
Greater mobile coverage globally
M-commerce potential increasing
Google Wallet roll-out
An expanded coalition for Isis
The other source of revenue from m-commerce: The consumer
Opportunity in Asia-Pacific


Visa: Extending its leading position
MasterCard: Increasing innovative position
American Express: New product development
Discover: Global issuing and acceptance expansion
CUP and JCB: Partnerships increasing value

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