TSG Mini Report: Average Life of Merchants Processed by 3rd Party Processors

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Q: How long do merchants live that are processed on 3rd party processing platforms?  And of these, which merchant types live the longest?

A: TSG completed an analysis utilizing its merchant database of 3.3 million merchants to answer this question. Check it out here.

Assumptions & Definitions:

  • The analyzed dataset included
    • Merchants sold by ISOs that utilize 3rd party processors (as opposed to having “in-house” platforms)
    • Merchants that had between $500 - $500,000 annual volume (the ISO “sweet spot”)
    • Time period: 2012 – 2015
    • Average life = First month of revenue ISO to last month of revenue to ISO