Visa Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (V)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Visa (NYSE: V) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • V has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, V has a quick ratio of 1.78, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 25.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1,029.00 million to $1,293.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VISA INC is rather high; currently it is at 66.60%. Regardless of V's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, V's net profit margin of 45.43% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 29.53% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 38.56% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. Visa has a market cap of $89.3 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Visa Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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