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Czech Republic Country Report

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  • Published Date: December 2016

A comprehensive overview of the cards, payments and consumer banking market in Czech Republic.


  • The Czech Republic's economy performed strongly in 2014 and 2015 and this, coupled with low unemployment, has boosted consumer confidence.
  • The retail banking landscape is characterised by subsidiaries of large European banking groups who face competition from a number of consumer finance companies.
  • Consumer loan outstandings have grown at an average annual rate of five per cent since 2010 with growth driven by a buoyant mortgage market.
  • Debit cards represent 80 per cent of payment cards in circulation and 91 per cent in terms of total billed volume in 2015.
  • Czechs have been the most enthusiastic adopters of contactless technology in Europe, and this has fuelled growth in the use of payment cards.
  • Almost two-thirds of card transactions were contactless in 2015, with these transactions accounting for close to half of total POS billed volume.
  • High levels of non-performing loans have hampered credit card profitability. The NPL ratio on credit card loans grew to over 17 per cent in mid-2016.
  • Mastercard has gained market share in the last decade through securing partnerships with key issuers and is now the dominant network in the country.
  • The Czech credit cards market has traditionally been split between bank and non-bank issuers. This division remains, although some of the non-bank issuers are now operating through banking licenses.
  • Meanwhile, the country's acquiring market is undergoing a transformation as several acquiring banks have sold their acquiring businesses or entered joint ventures with large foreign processors.

Czech Payments Research | Report Contents

Demographics and Economy:
Outlines the key metrics and trends which influence the development of retail banking and payments in the country:

  • Population structure
  • Income
  • Mobile and internet use
  • Economic data

Retail Banking:
Explores the structure of the local banking system, its infrastructure and the leading players. Data includes:

  • Aggregate retail banking indicators
  • Bank branch, ATMs and POS terminals
  • Profitability of top banks

Consumer Finance:
Overview of consumer finance in the country. Categories analysed include:

  • Mortgage loans
  • Personal loans
  • Credit card loans
  • Vehicle loans

Credit Cards:
Industry-leading credit card coverage. We detail the past present and future of the industry through our data and commentary, including:

  • Market size split by consumer and commercial credit cards: number of cards, transaction volume, billed volume
  • Profit pool analysis
  • Competitive landscape: networks, issuers

Debit Cards:

  • Market size: number of cards, transaction volume, billed volume
  • Competitive landscape: networks, issuers

Prepaid Cards:

  • Market size: number of cards, transaction volume, billed volume


Verisk financial reports include detailed market and competitor intelligence on payments cards, e-money, acquiring, retail banking, and consumer credit in Europe. Analysts use primary and secondary source data and conduct in-depth interviews with senior industry executives and finance experts.

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