MasterCard's revenue falls short of estimates as rebates increase


MasterCard Inc , the world's second-biggest payments processor, reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue on Tuesday due to an increase in rebates and incentives.

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However, adjusted profit came in slightly ahead of estimates as customers spent more during the holiday shopping season.

MasterCard, whose shares were down 1.8 percent in premarket trading, reported revenue of $2.76 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31 - a rise of 9.5 percent from a year earlier but short of the average analysts' estimate of $2.79 billion.

The company's net income rose 4.8 percent to $933 million, or 86 cents per share, in the period, from $890 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, MasterCard also earned 86 cents per share, beating the average analysts' estimate by a cent, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

MasterCard, which processes more than 65,000 transactions every minute, said gross dollar volumes in the rose 9 percent to $1.2 trillion in the fourth quarter on a local currency basis.

The United States, the company's largest market, accounted for a little under a third of the total.

MasterCard, which deals in 150 currencies, said cross-border volumes - the value of transactions made by card holders outside the home country of the card-issuer - increased 13 percent.

Up to Monday's close of $109.30, the company's shares had risen about 23 percent in the past 12 months.

Visa Inc , the world's biggest payments processor, will report quarterly results on Thursday.

(Reporting by Nikhil Subba in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr)