Visa returns to profit in 3Q as revenue grows

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 2:02 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Visa Inc. says it returned to a profit in its fiscal third quarter, aided by strong revenue growth as transactions increased.

The results topped Wall Street estimates and its shares rose 2.3 percent in after-hours trading.

The payments processing company reported on Wednesday net income of $1.23 billion, or $1.88 per share, for the three months ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $1.84 billion, or $2.74 per share, in the same period last year.

The prior-year results included a $4.1 billion provision related to litigation costs and other one-time items.

Revenue grew to $3 billion from $2.6 billion a year earlier.

Analysts polled by FactSet had forecast, on average, earnings of $1.80 per share on revenue of $2.9 billion.

Visa, based in Foster City, Calif., is the world's largest processor of debit and credit-card payments.

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