Visa Outruns Estimates Again

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Visa (NYS: V) reported earnings on Feb. 8. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), Visa beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.

Margins grew across the board.

Revenue details
Visa recorded revenue of $2.55 billion. The 29 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $2.47 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.24 billion.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.49. The 33 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.45 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.53 for Q1 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.24 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 84.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 63.5%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 40.4%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.47 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.48.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $10.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.93.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,694 members out of 4,946 rating the stock outperform, and 252 members rating it underperform. Among 963 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 915 give Visa a green thumbs-up, and 48 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Visa is outperform, with an average price target of $106.82.

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