MasterCard Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results for the Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa Region
Singapore, 6 February 2008 - MasterCard Incorporated today announced successful fourth quarter and full year results for the Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA)1 region. For the quarter ending 31 December, the region witnessed double-digit growth in gross dollar volume (20.7%), purchase volume2 (24.3%), purchase transactions (20.7%), cash transactions (19.4%) and cards issued (15.0%), versus the same period in 2006.
As at 31 December 2007, over 209 million MasterCard cards (excluding Maestro® and Cirrus) had been issued by MasterCard customer financial institutions in APMEA. Cardholders in the region made more than 809 million purchase transactions in the fourth quarter of 2007 and cardholders could use their MasterCard cards at more than 25.9 million acceptance locations worldwide.
“Our globally integrated business structure continues to facilitate the sharing of best practices among our talented pool of employees which ultimately benefits our constituents. Our success in 2007 was achieved by leveraging these strengths that set us apart in the payment industry. In 2007, we delivered increased value to all our stakeholders. More than ever, we are well positioned to advance commerce globally,” said Andre Sekulic, president, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide.
Maestro® and Online Debit
For the quarter ending 31 December, the Maestro® brand mark appeared on over 223 million cards in APMEA. Consumers can now make online debit point of sale purchases with their Maestro cards at nearly 925,000 merchant locations in APMEA.
Full Year 2007 Results
For the year ended 31 December 2007, the APMEA region saw impressive growth in gross dollar volume (19.4%), purchase volume (22.8%), purchase transactions (21.7%) and cash transactions (24.7%) versus 2006.
About MasterCard Incorporated
MasterCard Incorporated advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 18 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to http://www.mastercard.com.
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