According to statistics released today by the Monetary Authority of Macao, the total number of personal credit cards issued by banks in Macao continued to rise in the third quarter of 2019. Both the credit card turnover and total repayments also registered growth from a year earlier.
On the back of the increasing dual-currency and triple-currency cards, the total number of personal credit cards issued by banks in Macao stood at 1,403,472 at end-September 2019, equivalent to an increase of 3.0% over the previous quarter or 9.4% from a year ago. The numbers of pataca (MOP) cards, Hong Kong dollar (HKD) cards and renminbi (RMB) cards advanced year-on-year by 8.6% (to 981,774), 4.8% (to 97,781) and 13.4% (to 323,917) respectively.
Credit limit granted and delinquency
At end-September 2019, credit card credit limit granted by banks in Macao reached MOP39.7 billion, up 4.1% from end-June 2019 or 22.2% from end-September 2018. Credit card receivables amounted to MOP2.7 billion, of which the rollover amount totalled MOP860.9 million, representing 31.4% of credit card receivables. The delinquency ratio, i.e. the ratio of delinquent amount overdue for more than three months to credit card receivables, dropped 0.14 percentage points to 1.47% when compared with the previous reporting period.
Turnover and repayment
For the third quarter of 2019, the credit card turnover totalled MOP6.0 billion, equivalent to a rise of 3.0% quarter-to-quarter or 6.9% year-on-year. The cash advance turnover was MOP224.4 million, occupying 3.8% of total credit card turnover. Credit card repayments, in which payments for interest and fees are included, rose 6.3% from the previous quarter or 7.2% from the same period last year to MOP6.1 billion.