The world's second-largest card processing network on Tuesday reported a profit of $562 million, or $4.29 per share. That compares with $455 million, or $3.46 per share, in the year-ago period.
Analysts on average had expected MasterCard to earn $4.10 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Revenue rose 14.8 percent from a year earlier, to $1.5 billion, slightly above expectations, as more people around the world used their MasterCards. The company said that worldwide purchase volume during the quarter rose 12.9 percent on a local currency basis.
Chief Executive Officer Ajay Banga in an earnings release cited MasterCard's solid volume and processed transaction growth, and said the company continues to launch new products, enter new geographies and open new acceptance channels.
Banga, who took over the company last year, is increasingly turning MasterCard abroad for growth, in the face of U.S. regulation and rival Visa's
(Reporting by Maria Aspan; editing by John Wallace, Dave Zimmerman)