Visa Inc. Reports Strong Results and Authorizes New $5.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program

Visa Inc. announced financial results for the Company’s fiscal fourth quarter and full-year 2013. Net income for the fiscal fourth quarter was $1.2 billion or $1.85 per share, an increase of 15% and 20%, respectively, over the prior year adjusted results. Net income for the fiscal full-year 2013 was $5.0 billion or $7.59 per share, an increase of 18% and 23%, respectively, over the prior year adjusted results. Prior year results were adjusted to remove the impact of special items that were either non-recurring, had no cash impact or were related to amounts covered by the retrospective responsibility plan.

All references to earnings per share assume fully-diluted class A share count unless otherwise noted. The Company’s adjusted quarterly and full-year net income per share of class A common stock for fiscal year 2012 is a non-GAAP financial measure that is reconciled to its most directly comparable GAAP measure in the accompanying financial tables.

Net operating revenue in the fiscal fourth quarter 2013 was $3.0 billion, an increase of 9% over the prior year. Net operating revenue for the full-year 2013 was $11.8 billion, an increase of 13% over the prior year and driven by double-digit revenue growth contributions from service, data processing and international transaction revenues. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar impacted net operating revenues by approximately 1.5 percentage points of negative growth in the fiscal fourth quarter and approximately 1 percentage point of negative growth in the fiscal full-year.

“Visa delivered strong financial performance during the fourth quarter and full year across our global businesses, a reflection of solid revenue and transaction growth. We continued investing in high growth regions of the world, in products and technology to drive our performance, while maintaining disciplined expense control. We also have been consistent and decisive in returning excess cash to shareholders and maintain this commitment,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “Both the increase in our quarterly dividend payment by 21% to $0.40 per share and our new $5 billion share repurchase authorization reflects this and our continued confidence in our ability to grow our business over the long term globally.”

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights:

Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, 2013, on which fiscal fourth quarter service revenue is recognized, was 13% over the prior year at $1.1 trillion.

Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was 13% over the prior year at $1.1 trillion.

Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 11% for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended September 30, 2013, were 15.5 billion, a 14% increase over the prior year.

Fiscal fourth quarter 2013 service revenues were $1.4 billion, an increase of 10% over the prior year, and are recognized based on payments volume in the prior quarter. All other revenue categories are recognized based on current quarter activity. Data processing revenues rose 12% over the prior year to $1.2 billion. International transaction revenues, which are driven by cross-border volume, grew 13% over the prior year to $899 million. Other revenues, which include the Visa Europe licensing fee, were $183 million, a 6% increase over the prior year. Client incentives, which are a contra revenue item, were $680 million and represent 18.6% of gross revenues.

Total operating expenses were $1.2 billion for the quarter, a 1% increase over the prior year. Current quarter results include a restructuring reserve equivalent to approximately four cents of earnings per share.

The effective tax rate was 32.5% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Cash, cash equivalents, and available-for-sale investment securities were $6.9 billion at September 30, 2013.

The weighted-average number of diluted shares of class A common stock outstanding was 644 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Fiscal Full-Year 2013 Financial Highlights:

For the fiscal full-year 2013, service revenues were $5.4 billion, an increase of 10% over the prior year. Data processing revenues rose 17% over the prior year to $4.6 billion. International transaction revenues, which are driven by cross-border volume, grew 12% over the prior year to $3.4 billion. Other revenues, which include the Visa Europe licensing fee, were $716 million, a 2% increase over the prior year. Client incentives, which are a contra revenue item, were $2.3 billion and represent 16.5% of gross revenues.

Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet for the twelve months ended September 30, 2013, totaled 58 billion, a 10% increase over the prior year.

Total operating expenses were $4.5 billion for the twelve months ended September 30, 2013, an 8% increase over the prior year adjusted results, mainly due to personnel, network and processing fees, and depreciation and amortization primarily associated with investments in technology projects to support the Company’s global growth initiatives.

The effective tax rate was 31.4% for the twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

The weighted-average number of diluted shares of class A common stock outstanding was 656 million for the twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Notable Events:

During the three months ended September 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 7 million shares of class A common stock, at an average price of $177.47 per share, using $1.3 billion of cash on hand. At September 30, 2013, the Company had $251 million of remaining funds, authorized by the Board of Directors, available for share repurchase under the current program. During the twelve months ended September 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 33 million shares of class A common stock, at an average price of $161.94 per share, using $5.4 billion of cash on hand.

As announced on October 23, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend in the aggregate amount of $0.40 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 3, 2013, to all holders of record of the Company’s class A, class B and class C common stock as of November 15, 2013.

The Board of Directors has authorized a new $5.0 billion class A common stock share repurchase program. The shares may be repurchased from time to time as market conditions warrant, and authorization for the program is subject to further change at the discretion of the Board.

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