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February 6, 2013
14:15 EDTVEarnings Preview: Visa to report results after MasterCard beat expectations
Visa (V) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Wednesday, February 6 with a conference call scheduled for 5 pm ET on February 6. Visa is a credit card network... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.79 on revenue of $2.82B. The consensus range is $1.73-$1.85 for EPS, and $2.74B-$2.87B for revenue, according to First Call... LAST QUARTER: Visa reported Q4 EPS of $1.54 against estimates for $1.50 on revenue of $2.73B against estimates for $2.68B. The company also predicted that its net revenue growth for the current fiscal year would be in the low double digits, and provided adjusted annual operating margin of about 60% for the current fiscal year. During the quarter the company removed an overhang by obtaining final approval for a settlement over merchants' swipe fee lawsuit against it. Under the deal Visa will lose about $4.4B, the company stated... STREET RESEARCH AND NEWS: Visa competitor and peer MasterCard (MA) on January 31 reported slightly stronger than expected Q4 results, and the company announced on February 5 that it would double its dividend to 60c from 30c Analysts have had mixed assessments of Visa in recent weeks. Wells Fargo on February 5 predicted that the company would report stronger than expected Q1 results, driven by a 10% increase in credit revenue and 8% growth in international transactions. The firm, however, also predicted that the credit card network's operating margin would fall slightly due to a 15% increase in operating expenses. Wells maintained an Outperform rating on the shares. Sterne Agee on February 4 said that it expected Visa to report "largely in-line" results, although it believes the company could beat the consensus outlook. The firm expects the company's conference call to be upbeat, and maintained a $175 price target and Buy rating on the shares. In an upbeat note Goldman Sachs on January 8 upgraded Visa to Conviction Buy from Buy, citing the company's leading position in payments, increased confidence in long-term transaction volume, and strong capital allocation prospects. The firm increased its price target on the shares to $188 from $160... PRICE ACTION: Visa has outperformed the market in the last three months, rising 11%.
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October 22, 2014
16:32 EDTVVisa increases dividend 20% to 48c from 40c
Visa announced that its board of directors had declared a quarterly dividend in the aggregate amount of 48c per share of class A common stock, determined in the case of class B and class C common stock on an as-converted basis, payable on December 2 to all holders of record of the company's class A, class B and class C common stock as of November 14. The quarterly dividend increase raises the annual dividend rate from $1.60 per share to $1.92 per share.
October 16, 2014
16:23 EDTVJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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15:26 EDTVApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
14:09 EDTVApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
October 14, 2014
08:50 EDTVVisa, 3PEA International enter into prepaid card agreement
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October 13, 2014
07:19 EDTVAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link

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