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Financial Transaction Processing Report Summary

SIC Codes: 6019
NAICS Codes: 522320

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms
 

Financial Transaction Processing Industry Overview

Excerpt from Financial Transaction Processing Report

Companies in this industry provide services such as credit card processing, electronic funds transfer, and check clearing. Major companies include Fiserv, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, MasterCard, Total System Services, and Visa (all based in the US), as well as China UnionPay (China), Cielo (Brazil), and Moneris Solutions (Canada).

Competitive Landscape

Demand is driven by consumer spending. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, as services are sold largely based on cost. Large companies have economies of scale in processing and typically can provide more services; small companies can compete by specializing in industries and providing custom services. The industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies account for about 85 percent of industry revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Processors provide transaction services to banks that issue credit cards and to merchants that accept credit card payments. Merchant products include authorizing, capturing, and settling merchants’ credit and debit card transactions, and handling chargebacks. Chargebacks occur when a consumer disputes a charge and charges it back to the merchant. Processors also sell or lease point-of-sale (POS) terminals. Card issuer products include transaction authorization and posting, statement generation and printing, and card embossing.

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