VISA profit matches estimates as U.S. retail sales strengthen: Bloomberg

31.10.2013 14:32
VISA profit matches estimates as U.S. retail sales strengthen: Bloomberg

YEREVAN, October 31. /ARKA/. Visa Inc. (V), the world’s biggest bank-card network, posted a fiscal fourth-quarter profit that matched analysts’ estimates as U.S. retail spending strengthened.

Net income for the three months ended Sept. 30 fell 28 percent to $1.19 billion, or $1.85 a share, from $1.66 billion, or $2.47, a year earlier, the Foster City, California-based company said today in a statement. That equaled the average estimate of 31 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Results for the fourth quarter of 2012 were helped by a $627 million tax adjustment.

Retail sales in the U.S., where Visa gets more than half its revenue, rose toward the end of the quarter as September’s 0.4 percent gain in purchases excluding vehicles followed a 0.1 percent increase in August. Chief Executive Officer Charlie Scharf also has pushed to expand abroad, particularly in emerging economies, where most spending is still done with cash.

“We continued investing in high-growth regions of the world, in products and technology to drive our performance, while maintaining disciplined expense control,” Scharf, 48, said in the statement. “We also have been consistent and decisive in returning excess cash to shareholders and maintain this commitment.”

Visa fell 0.2 percent to $203.82 at 4 p.m. in New York. The shares have increased 34 percent this year, outpacing the 19 percent advance for the 30-company Dow Jones Industrial Average. (INDU)
Visa, which has returned more than $15 billion to investors since its 2008 initial public offering, increased the quarterly dividend 21 percent to 40 cents last week.

“There’s still a lot more to do considering how much excess cash this company has on itsbalance sheet,” Jason Kupferberg, an analyst at Jefferies Group LLC, said in an interview before results were announced. –0--

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