Business Strategy and Outlook| Brett Horn, CFA |
Western Union's primary macroeconomic exposure is to employment markets in the developed world, as the search for better economic opportunities is the fundamental driver for money transfers. While conditions have improved over time in the United States and Europe, a region that is about equally important for Western Union as the U.S., growth remains modest, with new entrants adding to the issues for legacy operators like Western Union. At this point, we don't see a catalyst to improve the situation. Pandemic-related headwinds appear to be lingering, and the decision to exit Russia will add pressure. We continue to believe Western Union has a wide moat based on its sizable scale advantage, but with a stagnant top line, the value of the moat over the next few years could be questioned.