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Mastercard’s profit rises in Q3 on buoyant spending

Published Thu, Oct 27, 2022 · 08:22 PM

Mastercard reported a higher third-quarter profit on Thursday (Oct 27), wrapping up a strong three-month period for major US card issuers as consumer spending remained resilient even amid rising concerns of an economic downturn.

Profit came in at US$2.5 billion, or US$2.58 per share, for the three months ended Sept 30, compared with US$2.4 billion, or US$2.44 per share, a year earlier.

Card issuers tend to make more money when prices rise as they typically charge a percentage of the dollar value of transactions. But inflation accompanied by interest rate hikes can scare consumers into spending less and saving more.

However, those fears have not been reflected materially in card companies’ earnings yet. Consumers continue to splurge as borders reopen and a stronger dollar encourages travel overseas.

Excluding one-time costs, the Purchase, New York-based company earned US$2.68 per share. Analysts on average had expected US$2.56 per share, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

It was not immediately clear if the reported figure was comparable to the estimate.

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Reported revenue jumped 15% to $5.8 billion. REUTERS

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