Should You Consider Investing in Visa Inc. (V)?

Qualivian Investment Partners, an investment management firm, published its third-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A quarterly portfolio net return of -1.4% was recorded by the fund for the third quarter of 2021, trailing the S&P 500 TR Index which had a 0.6% gain for the same period. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their best picks for 2021.

Qualivian Investment Partners, in its Q3 2021 investor letter, mentioned Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and discussed its stance on the firm. Visa Inc. is a San Francisco, California-based financial services company with a $491.6 billion market capitalization. Visa delivered a 2.43% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 10.81%. The stock closed at $224.05 per share on October 12, 2021.

Here is what Qualivian Investment Partners has to say about Visa Inc. in its Q3 2021 investor letter:

What Attracts Us

Superior Business:
• Wide moat business with high barriers to entry:
− Duopoly with top 2 players (Mastercard/VISA) owning 68% share of credit and 94% of debit transactions
− A double sided financial transaction network with scale on each end
• High returns on equity (21.8%) and low levels of capital expenditure compared to sales (3.4%)
• Recurring revenue stream:
⎼ Toll booth based on transaction volumes
• Top security platform versus cyber fraud

Superior Reinvestment Opportunities:
• Long Runway: Secular cash to electronic payment trends supporting double digit growth in demand for the foreseeable future

Superior Management / Capital Allocation:
• Consistent deployment of excess cash flow towards value accretive acquisitions (V Europe), dividends and opportunistic
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Data Scientist, Finance


Based on our calculations, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) ranks 5th in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. Visa was in 162 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 164 funds in the previous quarter. Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) delivered a -8.92% return in the past 3 months.

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