| MasterCard is a technology company, in the payments industry that connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, digital partners, businesses and other organizations worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. Co. creates a range of payment solutions and services using its brands, including Mastercard®, Maestro® and Cirrus®. Co. facilitates the switching (authorization, clearing and settlement) of payment transactions and delivers related products and services. Co. also provides offerings such as safety and security products, information services and consulting, loyalty and reward programs and issuer and acquirer processing. We show 42 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our MA shares outstanding history coverage, used to compute MA market cap on those dates.|
Understanding the changing numbers of shares outstanding, the changing
share price, and the resulting changing Mastercard market cap history over the course of time is important for investors
interested in comparing Mastercard's market cap history versus its peers.
Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies,
and then calculating their respective market caps. Comparing the share price of Mastercard versus a peer is one thing; comparing
Mastercard market cap versus a peer is a completely different story.
Furthermore, via fluctuation both in per-share price and in the number of shares outstanding (via issuance of new shares over time, the repurchase of existing shares),
the market cap for a company like Mastercard can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching Mastercard by allowing them to research the Mastercard market cap history.