MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results



  • First-quarter net income of $959 million, or $0.86 per diluted share
  • First-quarter net revenue increase of 10%, to $2.4 billion
  • First-quarter gross dollar volume up 13% and purchase volume up 12%

PURCHASE, N.Y.– MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016. The company reported net income of $959 million, a decrease of 6%, or 2% on a currency-neutral basis, and earnings per diluted share of $0.86, down 3%, or up 1% on a currency-neutral basis, versus the year-ago period. As expected, earnings per diluted share were unfavorably impacted by $0.08 due to the non-recurrence of a discrete tax credit and balance sheet remeasurement related to Venezuela in last year’s first quarter.

Net revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $2.4 billion, a 10% increase versus the same period in 2015. On a currency-neutral basis, net revenue increased 14%. Net revenue growth was driven by the impact of the following:

  • An increase in processed transactions of 14%, to 12.6 billion;
  • A 13% increase in gross dollar volume, on a local currency basis, to $1.1 trillion; and
  • An increase in cross-border volumes of 12%.

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 12% on a local currency basis versus the first quarter of 2015, to $838 billion. As of March 31, 2016, the company’s customers had issued 2.3 billion MasterCard and Maestro-branded cards.

“The year is off to a good start with solid growth in revenue due to strong volume and transaction levels this quarter,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We continue to deliver against our strategy, looking to our investments and acquisitions to create a better cardholder experience, supported by a relentless commitment to security. Our encryption and token services are helping to support new ways to pay in an increasingly digital world, while our APT and Pinpoint businesses are helping to drive stronger connections between merchants and their customers.”

Total operating expenses increased 25%, or 29% on a currency-neutral basis, to $1.1 billion during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to the difference between foreign exchange gains related to currency hedging and balance sheet remeasurement which occurred in last year’s first quarter versus foreign exchange losses on currency hedging in the first quarter of 2016. Additionally, this year’s period included the impact of higher investments to support our strategic initiatives.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2016 was flat, or up 4% on a currency-neutral basis, versus the year-ago period. The company delivered an operating margin of 55.1%.

MasterCard reported other expense of $11 million in the first quarter of 2016, the same as the first quarter of 2015.

MasterCard’s effective tax rate was 28.3% in the first quarter of 2016, versus a rate of 23.9% in the comparable period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to the non-recurrence of a discrete U.S. foreign tax credit benefit which occurred in the first quarter of 2015.

During the first quarter of 2016, MasterCard repurchased approximately 15 million shares of Class A common stock at a cost of almost $1.4 billion. Quarter-to-date through April 21st, the company repurchased an additional 3.0 million shares at a cost of $288 million, with $2.9 billion remaining under current repurchase program authorizations.

First-Quarter Financial Results Conference Call Details

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

The dial-in information for this call is 866-393-4306 (within the U.S.) and 734-385-2616 (outside the U.S.), and the passcode is 81063498. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (within the U.S.) and 404-537-3406 (outside the U.S.), and using passcode 81063498.

This call can also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at

Non-GAAP Financial Information
The presentation of growth rates on a currency-neutral basis represent a non-GAAP measure and are calculated by remeasuring the prior period’s results using the current period’s exchange rates for both the translational and transactional impacts in our operating results.

About MasterCard Incorporated
MasterCard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts may be forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “believe”, “expect”, “could”, “may”, “would”, “will”, “trend” and similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that relate to the MasterCard’s future prospects, developments and business strategies. We caution you to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as they speak only as of the date they are made. 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.

Many factors and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control, influence whether any forward-looking statements can or will be achieved. Any one of those factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in writing in any forward-looking statements made by MasterCard or on its behalf, including, but not limited to, the following factors:

  • payments system-related legal and regulatory challenges (including interchange fees, surcharging and the extension of current regulatory activity to additional jurisdictions or products);
  • the impact of preferential or protective government actions;
  • regulation to which we are subject based on our participation in the payments industry;
  • regulation of privacy, data protection and security;
  • the impact of competition in the global payments industry (including disintermediation and pricing pressure);
  • the challenges relating to rapid technological developments and changes;
  • the impact of information security failures, breaches or service disruptions on our business;
  • issues related to our relationships with our customers (including loss of substantial business from significant customers, competitor relationships with our customers and banking industry consolidation);
  • the impact of our relationships with stakeholders, including issuers and acquirers, merchants and governments;
  • exposure to loss or illiquidity due to settlement guarantees and other significant third-party obligations;
  • the impact of global economic and political events and conditions, including global financial market activity, declines in cross-border activity; negative trends in consumer spending and the effect of adverse currency fluctuation;
  • reputational impact, including impact related to brand perception, account data breaches and fraudulent activity;
  • issues related to acquisition integration, strategic investments and entry into new businesses; and
  • potential or incurred liability and limitations on business resulting from litigation.

For additional information on these and other factors that could cause MasterCard’s actual results to differ materially from expected results, please see the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and any subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

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