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Free Post Earnings Research Report: Mastercard’s Revenues Jumped 20%; Adjusted EPS Surged 33%

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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For Q4 2017, Mastercard's net revenue growth surged 20% on an as reported basis and 18% on a currency-neutral basis to $3.3 billion compared to $2.8 billion in Q4 2016. The Company's revenue growth was driven by an increase in switched transactions of 17% to 17.7 billion on a y-o-y basis; a 17% growth in cross-border volumes; a 13% increase in gross dollar volume (GDV), totaling $1.4 trillion; and acquisitions which contributed 3%. These increases were partially offset by an increase in rebates and incentives, primarily due to new and renewed agreements and increased volumes. Mastercard's revenue numbers beat analysts' estimates of $3.26 billion.

During Q4 2017, Mastercard's total operating expenses increased 28% to $1.8 billion on a y-o-y basis. Excluding special items, the Company's total adjusted operating expenses rose 15% to $1.5 billion for the reported quarter, including an 8% impact from acquisitions.

For Q4 2017, Mastercard's effective tax rate was 84.7% compared to 28.8% in Q4 2016. The higher tax rate was primarily attributed to the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017 (TCJA). Excluding special items, the Company's adjusted effective tax rate was 26.8% for the reported quarter, primarily due to a more favorable geographic mix of taxable earnings and the impact of non-recurring deductions.

Mastercard reported a net income of $227 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for Q4 2017 compared to $933 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, in Q4 2016. The Company's reported quarter earnings included $981 million, or 0.92 per diluted share, in special items, primarily due to the TCJA.

Mastercard's adjusted net income was $1.2 billion, or $1.14 per adjusted diluted share, in Q4 2017, up 28% and 33%, respectively, compared to the year ago same period. The Company's earnings beat Wall Street's estimates of $1.12 per share.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, Mastercard's net revenues advanced 16%, or 15% on a currency-neutral basis, to $12.5 billion compared to $10.8 billion in FY16. The revenue growth was attributed to a 17% jump in switched transactions totaling 65 billion; an increase in cross-border volumes of 15%; and a 10% jump in GDV to $5.2 trillion, aided by a 2% impact from acquisitions, primarily Vocalink.

For FY17, Mastercard recorded a net income of $3.9 billion, or $3.65 per diluted share, compared to $4.1 billion, or $3.69 per diluted share, in Q4 2016. The Company's adjusted net income was $4.9 billion, or $4.58 per diluted share, in FY17, up 18% and 21%, respectively, compared to the year ago.

As of December 31, 2017, Mastercard's customers had issued 2.4 billion Mastercard and Maestro-branded cards.

Return of Capital to Shareholders

During Q4 2017, Mastercard repurchased approximately 6.9 million shares at a cost of $1 billion, and paid $233 million in dividends. Quarter-to-date through January 30, 2018, the Company repurchased an additional 1.8 million shares at a cost of $287 million, leaving $5 billion under its current repurchase program authorization. For FY17, Mastercard repurchased approximately 30 million shares at a cost of $3.8 billion, and paid $942 million in dividends.

Stock Performance Snapshot

February 20, 2018 - At Tuesday's closing bell, Mastercard's stock marginally dropped 0.17%, ending the trading session at $175.35.

Volume traded for the day: 3.75 million shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 5.11%; previous three-month period – up 16.64%; past twelve-month period – up 60.25%; and year-to-date – up 15.85%

After yesterday's close, Mastercard's market cap was at $184.62 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 39.25.

The stock has a dividend yield of 0.57%.

The stock is part of the Financial sector, categorized under the Credit Services industry.

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