The company’s Q2 2017 earnings just reaffirmed the position that we took on the stock a month back. We think Visa still has a strong growth story moving forward and will continue to reward investors.
Q2 Earnings Review
The quarter was outstanding. Visa reported Q2 EPS of $0.86, beating analyst expectations of $0.79. Revenue also came in at $4.48 billion, beating expectations of $4.295 billion – a 23% increase from 2016 figures.
Payment volumes jumped 37% to $1.73 trillion in Q2, with the company seeing strong growth internationally. The strong international growth is largely attributed to Visa’s $23 billion purchase of Visa Europe in June of last year. Visa Europe made up nearly one-fifth of the total payments volume.
Payments volume in the United States increased by 11.7% to $775 billion. Economic strength is creating a better spending environment, and major portfolio contracts with companies such as Costco (NASDAQ:COST) are largely responsible for this increase.