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Mastercard (MA) Q2 Earnings Beat Estimates on Higher Volumes
July 27, 2017

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Have you been eager to see how Mastercard Inc. (MA - Free Report) performed in Q2 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this leading financial services company’s earnings release this morning.

An Earnings Beat

Mastercard came out with adjusted earnings per share of $1.10 beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.04.

Better-than-expected earnings were primarily due to higher switched transactions, increase in cross border volume and the gains from Vocalink acquisition, partly offset by increase in rebates and incentives.

How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?

The earnings estimate revisions for Mastercard did not show any change prior to the earnings release.  But the same has increased 0.2% over the past 30 days.

Before posting earnings beat in Q2, the company delivered positive surprises in each of the last four quarters.

As a result, the company overall surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 6.2% in the trailing four quarters.

Revenue Surpass Estimates

Mastercardrevenues of $3.1 billion, exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.98 billion. The reported figure was up 13% year-over-year.

Key Stats to Note

The company reported a 9% year-over-year increase in gross dollar volume to $1.3 trillion.

The company also witnessed an increase of 14% in cross-border volumes on a local currency basis.

Adjusted operating expenses increased 16% year over year to $1.4 billion.
Tax rate in the reported quarter was 27.7% down 20 basis points year-over-year.

What Zacks Rank Says

Mastercard carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. (You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here)

Check back later for our full write up on this Mastercard earnings report!

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