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Mastercard: 4Q17 Results, Cryptocurrencies, and Analyst Ratings

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Mastercard’s Strong 4Q17 Report Exceeds Analysts’ Estimates

Earnings per share

Mastercard’s (MA) earnings per share (or EPS) for 4Q17 stood at $1.14, exceeding Wall Street estimates by $0.02. According to the company’s management, the company has made investments in various digital initiatives as well as in security tools.

According to Mastercard’s management, the company had positive momentum in 2017 with respect to the major economies. This momentum is expected to continue in 2018. However, this momentum could be offset in 2018 by some negative impacts.

Mastercard’s Strong 4Q17 Report Exceeds Analysts’ Estimates

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Revenue numbers

Mastercard (MA) generated revenues of $3.3 billion in 4Q17 which exceeds the analysts’ estimates by $40.0 million. According to the company’s SpendingPulse estimates, retail sales in the UK didn’t witness much growth in 4Q17.

The company made repurchases of around 30 million shares in 2017, which totaled $3.8 billion. During the same period, $942.0 million was distributed through dividends.

Compared to 4Q16, Mastercard’s net income saw a substantial decline in 4Q17. In 4Q16, its net income was $0.9 billion while in 4Q17, it generated $0.2 billion.

Mastercard’s return on assets (or ROA) stood at ~19.6% on an LTM (last-12-months) basis. Among its peers (XLF), Global Payments (GPN), Western Union (WU), and Euronet Worldwide (EEFT) reported ROA of ~2.6%, ~2.2%, and ~5.4%, respectively, on an LTM basis.

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