NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association has published its annual summary of the largest originators and receivers of ACH payments in 2012. Wells Fargo was the #1 originator in 2012 while Bank of America was the #1 receiver.
Total ACH payment volume grew to over 21 billion transactions in 2012, up 4.19 percent over 2011 representing a total of $36.9 trillion, an increase of 8.76 percent. That rate equates to over 660 ACH transactions per second over the full year with an average ACH ticket size of about $1760 per transaction.
Native electronic payments — those payments which start as an electronic payment (i.e., non-check conversion applications) — increased 6.38 percent over 2011. These payments now make up 85 percent of total ACH Network volume. Conversely, check initiated transactions decreased by 6.75 percent.
“This data clearly shows that consumers and businesses choose electronic payment options over paper checks,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “Direct Deposits and Direct Payments via ACH provide the convenience, control, and flexibility that end users want. As end user needs evolve, the ACH Network will continue to enable the innovation necessary to meet the changing needs of ACH Network participants.”