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Insight Report: Investors in Cards and Payments

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Published Date : May 2014

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No. of Pages : 67 Pages


The report provides insights into the investment activities in cards and payments industry around the world:

  • It provides information on key market drivers for increased investment in the cards and payments industry.
  • It provides a global snapshot of investment trends in the cards and payments industry.
  • It provides insights into key products and services attracting major investments.
  • It provides insights into key investors, from venture capitalists to financial institutions and technology vendors.
  • It provides information on regional dynamics of investments in the cards and payments industry.

Executive summary

Consumers’ growing preference for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and increasing internet penetration encouraged service providers to build payment solutions based around mobile devices. Technological improvements in cloud computing and the use of open application programming interfaces (APIs) are also supporting the emergence of cost-effective solutions for cashless payments. The increased revenue potential due to the low cost of innovative payment solutions and the burgeoning market for digital payments are attracting investments from venture firms and participants in the payments industry, such as financial institutions, technology vendors and card scheme providers. Investments in e-commerce and online payments are the preferred investment sector, followed by mobile payments and card processing services. An increase in e-commerce sales activities and expected further expansion has created strong revenue generation potential for investors and payment solution developers alike. New market entrants are experimenting with social media to capitalize on opportunities in using social networks as a platform for conducting e-commerce activities. There is also an increased focus on international money transfers and peer-to-peer (P2P) domestic transactions. Investments in mobile wallets also gained momentum in 2013, with their adoption expected to improve over the next five years. 

Among the various investment types – acquisitions, asset transaction and venture financing – venture financing leads investment activities in terms of the volume of deals made in the cards and payments industry. Venture capitalists also emerged as key investors for mobile payment developers. Unlike acquisitions and asset transactions, which involved single investors, venture financing deals registered participation from more than one investor. In terms of the regional dynamics, North America and Europe collectively accounted for the majority of investment deals made in the cards and payments industry during the last five years. Investment activities have been limited in the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. However, the growing use of cards, large consumer markets and flexible regulatory environments are expected to make these regions key areas of investment over the forecast period.


  • This report covers investments made by venture capitalists, financial institutions and technology vendors in the cards and payments industry.
  • Investments deals are analyzed on the basis of their regional spread, deal value and type.
  • The report covers analysis of key payment products and services which have attracted investors’ focus.
  • The report provides profiles of key investors operating in the cards and payments industry.

Reasons to buy

  • Gain insights into emerging areas of investment in the cards and payments industry.
  • Understand which products and services are likely to make an impact on market over the next five years.
  • Gain information about key investors operating in the cards and payments industry.

Key highlights

  • Acquisitions and venture financing activities are expected to increase over the forecast period, and asset transaction dynamics are unlikely to change dramatically. Developments in online and mobile payment solutions, and card processing capabilities are expected to support both remote and proximity payments, and widen the scope of cashless payments.
  • Emerging regions such as Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America hold high growth potential, despite the majority of innovations currently surfacing in North America and Europe. Europe, however, is expected to lose steam over the forecast period, while North America is forecast to continue to introduce new payment solutions, primarily led by technological developments in the US. Countries such as Turkey are highly innovative in terms of payment products and services, with consumers showing a readiness to experiment, as are parts of the Middle East, as regulation can be scattered and consumer demand for new payment options is high.
  • Mobile payments, including wallets and payment apps, have received increased focus from investors from around the world. Cards and payments processing, particularly through mPOS terminals, is a key area of investment. Innovative solution developers for e-commerce and online payments continued to attract investments during the review period, led by a surge in new concepts such as cloud technology and open APIs. 
  • Most acquisitions was made by technology vendors in the US, and were focused on payment processing. Large asset transaction deals were made by banks and focused on the acquisition of competitors’ businesses, and venture financing activities were mostly focused on mobile phone payment solutions. 
  • The advent of new technology and payment solutions has increased the need to address security concerns. Key issues in the future development of new technology and their widespread adoption will mostly involve security issues related to mobile devices. Most current consumer mobile devices are not designed to handle highly sensitive information such as credit card numbers or bank account details. Developments in the payment arena are likely to increase demand for mobile devices that can be entrusted with sensitive information, leading to a period of intense innovation among smartphone developers.
Table of contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Global Cards and Payments Industry – Deals Snapshot
2.1 Industry Snapshot and Future Outlook
2.2 Regional Overview of Investment Opportunities
2.3 Market Drivers
2.3.1 Mobile payments foster high growth opportunities
2.3.2 E-commerce driving cashless payments
2.3.3 Technological developments supporting innovative concepts
2.4 Investment Trends in Products and Services
2.4.1 Mobile payments
2.4.2 Cards and payments processing
2.4.3 Card issuance and card portfolio
2.4.4 E-commerce and online payments
2.4.5 Card and payment security

3 Analysis of Investments by Value
3.1 Analysis of Deal Values
3.2 Investments by Deal Value
3.2.1 US$0–25 million
3.2.2 US$25–50 million
3.2.3 US$50–250 million
3.2.4 US$250–500 million
3.2.5 US$500 million and above

4 Analysis of Key Investments by Type
4.1 Analysis of Different Types of Investments
4.2 Investments by Types
4.2.1 Acquisitions
4.2.2 Asset transactions
4.2.3 Venture financing

5 Regional Analysis of Investment in Cards and Payments
5.1 Regional Analysis of Investments
5.2 Investments According to Regions
5.2.1 North America
5.2.2 Latin America
5.2.3 Europe
5.2.4 Asia-Pacific
5.2.5 Middle East and Africa

6 Key Investor Profiles
6.1 Venture Capitalists
6.1.1 Accel Partners
6.1.2 Andreessen Horowitz
6.1.3 Sequaia Capital
6.1.4 Greylock Partners
6.1.5 Index Ventures
6.2 Banks
6.2.1 Capital One Financial Corp.
6.2.2 TD Bank Financial Group (TD Bank)
6.2.3 Virgin Money Plc (Virgin Money)
6.2.4 Absa Bank Ltd
6.3 Card Schemes
6.3.1 MasterCard Inc.
6.3.2 Visa, Inc.
6.3.3 American Express
6.4 Payment Processors and Technology Vendors
6.4.1 Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS)
6.4.2 VeriFone Systems, Inc.
6.4.3 Ingenico SA
6.4.4 Fiserv, Inc.
6.4.5 Global Payments Inc.

7 Appendix
7.1 Methodology
7.2 Scope
7.3 Contact Timetric
7.4 About Timetric
7.5 Timetric’s Services
7.6 Definitions
7.7 Disclaimer

List of Table

Table 1: Industry Dynamics and Outlook
Table 2: E-Commerce (US$ Billion), 2010–2018
Table 3: Top Investments up to US$25.0 million
Table 4: Top Investments between US$25 million and US$50 million
Table 5: Top Investments Between US$50 million and US$250 million
Table 6: Top Investments between US$250 million and US$500 million
Table 7: Top Investments Above US$500 million
Table 8: Top Acquisitions
Table 9: Top Asset Transactions
Table 10: Top Venture Financing Activities
Table 11: Top Investment Activities in North America
Table 12: Top Investment Activities in Latin America
Table 13: Top Investment Activities in Europe
Table 14: Top Investment Activities in Asia-Pacific
Table 15: Top Investment Activities in the Middle East and Africa
Table 16: Accel Partners – Major Deals and Investments
Table 17: Andreessen Horowitz – Major Deals and Investments
Table 18: Sequoia Capital – Major Deals and Investments
Table 19: Greylock Partners – Major Deals and Investments
Table 20: Index Ventures – Major Deals and Investments
Table 21: Capital One – Major Products and Services
Table 22: Capital One – Major Deals and Investments
Table 23: TD Bank Financial Group, Major Products and Services
Table 24: TD Bank Financial Group – Major Deals and Investments
Table 25: Virgin Money Plc – Major Products and Services
Table 26: Virgin Money Plc – Major Deals and Investments
Table 27: Absa Bank Ltd – Major Products and Services
Table 28: Absa Bank Ltd – Major Deals and Investments
Table 29: MasterCard – Major Products and Services
Table 30: MasterCard – Major Deals and Investments
Table 31: Visa – Major Products and Services
Table 32: Visa – Major Deals and Investments
Table 33: American Express – Major Products and Services
Table 34: American Express – Major Deals and Investments
Table 35: Total System Services – Major Services and Brands
Table 36: Total System Services – Major Deals and Investments
Table 37: VeriFone – Major Products and Services
Table 38: VeriFone – Major Deals and Investments
Table 39: Ingenico – Major Products and Services
Table 40: Ingenico – Major Deals and Investments
Table 41: Fiserv – Major Products, Services and Brands
Table 42: Fiserv – Major Deals and Investments
Table 43: Global Payments – Major Products and Services
Table 44: Global Payments – Major Deals and Investments
Table 45: Key Definitions

List of Chart

Figure 1: Global Mobile Payments (US$ Billion), 2010–2018 
Figure 2: Share Analysis of Deal Values (%), 2011–February 2014 
Figure 3: Share Analysis of Key Investment Types (%), 2011–February 2014 
Figure 4: Share Analysis of Deal Values by Region (%), 2011–February 2014

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