Mastercard has lowered its revenue outlook for Q1 2020, saying that the adverse impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on cross-border e-commerce and travel could dent its quarterly performance.
The credit card firm now anticipates revenue growth of 9-10% in Q1, which is a decrease of around 2 to 3 percentage points from its earlier forecast.
Considering that the virus only affects Q1, the 2020 year-over-year net revenue growth is expected to be at the low end of the low-teens range, Mastercard further predicted.
The company’s shares dipped after the announcement.
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