Mastercard’s Irish unit reports big rise in revenues and profits

Newly filed accounts also show former parent gave subsidiary €130m late last year

Mastercard, which earlier this year announced plans to create 1,500 additional new jobs locally, recorded a huge surge in revenues and profits at its Irish unit last year.

Recently filed accounts show turnover at Mastercard Ireland Limited almost tripled last year, rising to €177.8 million from €60.5 million in 2018. The subsidiary attributed the jump in revenues to an increase in services to other group companies, which it expects to continue to grow.

During the reporting period, pretax profits also rose substantially, increasing from €2.5 million to €15 million.

The accounts also indicates the company accepted a €130 million non-refundable capital contribution from is parent Purchase Street Research on the day that the company was liquidated. Mastercard Ireland’s new parent is Global Mastercard LP (UK).


Mastercard, the second largest payments company globally, has had a base in the Republic since late 2008, following its $100 million (€84.5 million) acquisition of Irish firm Orbiscom. It has significantly grown its Irish business in recent years after deciding to locate much of its research and development work here.

The company now employs about 650 people locally and in late February announced a significant expansion with investments in its artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain, and user-experience teams here.

Office space

Overall, Mastercard intends to take on an additional 1,500 people over the next five years and has taken additional office space at One and Two South County, a newly-built campus site in Leopardstown, south Dublin, near to its current home.

The latest accounts show administrative expenses ballooned last year, climbing from €55.5 million to €160.9 million, which the subsidiary attributed to increased charges from other group companies.

The accounts note that Orbiscom was dissolved at the end of 2019 with its net assess of €26.5 million transferred to Mastercard Ireland and recorded as equity.

The average number of people working for the company at the end of last year was 443, up from 354 in 2018. Staff-related costs, including wages and salaries rose from €35.5 million to €50.5 million.

Mark Barnett, who was recently appointed president of Mastercard's European business, told The Irish Times in May that the company intended to proceed with its plans to expand locally despite the Covid crisis, saying the pandemic has had little material impact on the group.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor is a former Irish Times business journalist