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How to buy Visa stock

Learn how to easily invest in Visa stock.

Visa Inc (V) is a leading credit services business based in the US. It opened the day at $218.44 after a previous close of $216.64. During the day the price has varied from a low of $216.62 to a high of $218.52. The latest price was $216.62 (25 minute delay). Visa is listed on the NYSE and employs 21,500 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Visa

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  3. Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – V – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Visa's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Visa's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was $216.62, which is 3.61% up on its pre-crash value of $208.81 and 61.74% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $133.93.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Visa shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $675.99 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1.00.

Visa stock price (NYSE: V)

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Visa shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-23.
Open$218.44
High$218.52
Low$216.62
Close$216.62
Previous close$216.64
Change $-0.02
Change % -0.0092%
Volume 4,679,765
Information last updated 2021-12-18.
52-week range$190.10 - $251.88
50-day moving average $213.48
200-day moving average $225.51
Wall St. target price$275.05
PE ratio 37.6542
Dividend yield $1.335 (0.62%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.63

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Visa price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $216.62 from 2021-12-23

1 week (2021-12-17) 2.24%
1 month (2021-11-24) 6.58%
3 months (2021-09-24) -6.46%
6 months (2021-06-24) -8.31%
1 year (2020-12-24) 3.79%
2 years (2019-12-24) 15.49%
3 years (2018-12-24) 77.95%
5 years (2016-12-23) 177.18%

Is Visa stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Visa stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Visa's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Visa's P/E ratio

Visa's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, Visa shares trade at around 38x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Visa's PEG ratio

Visa's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5564. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Visa's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Visa's EBITDA

Visa's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $16.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Visa's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Visa financials

Revenue TTM $24.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 65.76%
Gross profit TTM $23.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.1%
Return on equity TTM 33.36%
Profit margin 51.07%
Book value $16.32
Market capitalisation $463.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Visa's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Visa.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Visa's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.36

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Visa's overall score of 17.36 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 14th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Visa is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Visa's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.61/100

Visa's environmental score of 2.61 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Visa is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Visa's social score

Social score: 11.33/100

Visa's social score of 11.33 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Visa is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Visa's governance score

Governance score: 8.93/100

Visa's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Visa is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Visa's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Visa scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Visa hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Visa Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.36
Total ESG percentile 14.2
Environmental score 2.61
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 11.33
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 8.93
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 3

Visa share dividends

23%

Dividend payout ratio: 22.59% of net profits

Recently Visa has paid out, on average, around 22.59% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.71% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Visa shareholders could enjoy a 0.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Visa's case, that would currently equate to about $1.335 per share.

While Visa's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Visa is investing more in its future growth.

Visa's most recent dividend payout was on 6 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Visa's shares ever split?

Visa's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 18 March 2015. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Visa shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Visa shares which in turn could have impacted Visa's share price.

Visa share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Visa's shares have ranged in value from as little as $190.1 up to $251.8826. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

V.US volatility(beta: 0.95)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Visa's is 0.9512. This would suggest that Visa's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Visa overview

Visa Inc. operates as a payments technology company worldwide. The company facilitates digital payments among consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners, and government entities. It operates VisaNet, a transaction processing network that enables authorization, clearing, and settlement of payment transactions. In addition, the company offers card products, platforms, and value-added services. It provides its services under the Visa, Visa Electron, Interlink, VPAY, and PLUS brands. Visa Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Visa is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.14% of Visa shares are held by insiders and 96.898% by institutions.
How many people work for Visa?
Latest data suggests 21,500 work at Visa.
When does the fiscal year end for Visa?
Visa's fiscal year ends in September.
Where is Visa based?
Visa's address is: PO Box 8999, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94128-8999
What is Visa's ISIN number?
Visa's international securities identification number is: US92826C8394
What is Visa's CUSIP number?
Visa's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 92826C839

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