Why Visa Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, credit card giant Visa (NYSE: V  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Visa and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Visa facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

San Francisco (1958)

Market Cap

$98.1 billion

Industry

Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.4 billion

Management

CEO Charles Scharf (since October 2012)

CFO Byron Pollitt, Jr. (since September 2007)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

11.5%

Cash/Debt

$2.8 billion / $0

Dividend Yield

0.9%

Competitors

American Express (NYSE: AXP  )

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS  )

Mastercard (NYSE: MA  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 5,096 members who have rated Visa believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, adamlevy, succinctly summed up the Visa bull case for our community:

Industry leading company with its logo on over 60% of credit cards worldwide . The company will likely increase market share as new credit cards are more often issued on the Visa network. The company makes money on transactions and therefore doesn't have to deal with loans and the like, freeing up its balance sheet from liabilities. This company will continue to lead into the electronic payment revolution that is upon us.

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