Largest Merchant Acquirers

July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

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Here is a list of the largest merchant acquirers in the U.S.  as estimated by the Nilson Report.  In this context the definition of Acquirer is a little bit strained, because it includes ISOs and processors at multiple levels of the value chain.  For example, EVO Merchant Services (#14) is known to be an ISO that sells processing provided by Global Payments Inc (#5).  I am not sure what methodology Nilson used to make these estimates, they are probably directionally correct, but there is a chance that some double-counting is involved.

RankCompanyVolume ($B)
1First Data and Alliances(1)842
2Bank of America273
3NOVA (US Bank) and Key Merchant Services(2)138
4Fifth Third Bank115
5Global Payments56
6Heartland Payment Systems34
7First National Merchant Solutions34
10First Horizon Merchant Services19
11RBS Lynk19
12Alliance Data12
13Moneris Solutions12
14EVO Merchant Services10
15Verus Financial Management8
16Merchant E-Solutions8
17Innovative Merchant Solutions8
18Retriever Payment Systems7
19Branch Banking and Trust7
20First American Payment Systems7

(1) First Data alliances include Chase Paymentech, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, PNC Merchant Services and CardService International

(2) NOVA owns part of Key Merchant Services

Source: Nilson Report

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