Marqeta Inc. (MQ) Just Got Our Attention

Payment card software developer Marketa Inc. (NASDAQ: MQ) will partner with installment payment platform Klarna. It’s far from the first major company to use Marqueta’s identity technologies.

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Marqeta develops technologies to create plastic cards and secure payment redirection. In particular, its software solutions help reduce the risk of fraud and the flow of money to unauthorized users. Currently, Marqueta Inc. (MQ) includes big companies like Uber, DoorDash, Block, Affirm, and others.

The cooperation between Marqueta Inc. (MQ) and Klarna started in 2018, but recently the partners announced the expansion of cooperation. The new service will support Klarna cards, which users will link to their bank account to make purchases, but with the ability to split transactions into four interest-free installments.

Klarna currently has 25 million users in the United States, with total global users approaching 150 million. This is a significant acquisition for MQ as they earn a commission each time a transaction is made using their authorization technologies. The more partners and owners of plastic cards, the higher the company’s revenue.

For investors, Marqeta’s entry into the installment market is a positive sign. These services are becoming increasingly popular and can even replace traditional credit and debit cards. According to research firm Precedence Research, the “buy now, pay later” market could reach $3.2 trillion by 2030.

Such a broad target market leaves room for many players. Marqueta Inc. (MQ), thanks to its advanced technology, can partner with several of these services at the same time and benefit greatly from the growth of this market.

The stock has a year-to-date performance of -44.15%. Its seven-day performance, on the other hand, is -12.66 percent. The stock price index has risen 44.65% in the last month and is down -4.20 percent in the last three months. Its six-month performance was -46.15%, while its 52-week performance was -69.56 percent.