The FINANCIAL -- Visa Inc. on April 30 announced financial results for the Company’s fiscal second quarter 2015. Net income for the quarter was $1.6 billion. Earnings per share was $0.63 (adjusted for the Company’s four-for-one class A common stock split on March 19, 2015), flat over the prior year period and reflective of the one-time favorable tax benefit of $201 million recognized in that period.
All references to earnings per share assume fully-diluted class A share count unless otherwise noted, according to Visa Inc..
Net operating revenue in the fiscal second quarter of 2015 was $3.4 billion, an increase of 8% nominally or 10% on a constant dollar basis over the prior year, driven by solid growth in service revenues, data processing and international transaction revenues. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar impacted net operating revenues by approximately 2.5 percentage points of negative growth during the quarter.
“Visa reported another solid quarter of financial results against the continued backdrop of a tepid global economy. While the negative impacts from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and lower gasoline prices continued to exert pressure on revenue growth, our results and volume trends have remained strong,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “It continues to be a very exciting time in payments and at Visa. There are trillions of dollars of cash to disintermediate and our work in digital payments will allow us to capture more than we could have contemplated a few years ago. We are very pleased to have been selected by Costco as the credit card network for its U.S. warehouse clubs and gasoline locations commencing next year and to bring this unique and very strategic opportunity to our issuers and their cardholders."
Fiscal Second Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights:
Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended December 31, 2014, on which fiscal second quarter service revenue is recognized, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2 trillion.
Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2 trillion.
Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 8% for the three months ended March 31, 2015.
Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, were 17.0 billion, an 11% increase over the prior year.
Fiscal second quarter 2015 service revenues were $1.6 billion, an increase of 8% 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 9% over the prior year to $1.3 billion. International transaction revenues grew 11% over the prior year to $964 million. Other revenues, which include the Visa Europe licensing fee, were $204 million, an increase of 12% over the prior year. Client incentives, which are a contra revenue item, were $676 million and represent 16.5% of gross revenues.
Total operating expenses were $1.1 billion for the quarter, a 1% increase over the prior year, primarily related to increased personnel, general and administrative expenses and additional depreciation from our ongoing investments in technology assets and infrastructure, partially offset by the absence of marketing campaigns related to prior year events such as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The effective tax rate was 32.1% for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.
Cash, cash equivalents, and available-for-sale investment securities were $7.3 billion at March 31, 2015.
The weighted-average number of diluted shares of class A common stock outstanding was 2.5 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.
During the three months ended March 31, 2015, the Company repurchased 16.2 million shares of class A common stock, at an average price of $64.84 per share, using $1.1 billion of cash on hand. Fiscal year to date through March 31, 2015, the Company repurchased a total of 28.6 million shares of class A common stock, at an average price of $64.86 per share, using $1.9 billion of cash on hand. The Company has $3.8 billion of remaining funds, authorized by the board of directors, available for share repurchase under the current program.
On April 22, 2015, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 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 June 2, 2015, to all holders of record of the Company’s class A, B and C common stock as of May 15, 2015.
Visa Inc. reaffirms its financial outlook for the following metrics for fiscal full-year 2015:
Annual net revenue growth: Constant dollar revenue growth of low double digits, with an expectation of two percentage points of negative foreign currency impact;
Client incentives as a percent of gross revenues: 17.5% to 18.5% range;
Annual operating margin: Mid 60s;
Tax rate: Low 30s; and
Annual free cash flow greater than $6 billion.
Visa Inc. updates its financial outlook for the following metric for fiscal full-year 2015:
Annual diluted class A common stock earnings per share growth: Low-end of the mid-teens range.
Fiscal full-year 2015 annual diluted earnings per share growth assumes an adjusted basis for fiscal full-year 2014.