Visa Inc. said late Wednesday that its earnings for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30 - its first full quarter as a publicly traded company - rose 41% from a year earlier, to $422 million, or 51 cents a share.
After adjusting for litigation, restructuring costs, and other items, the San Francisco company's earnings rose 40% to $457 million, or 59 cents a share.
Revenue climbed 18%, to $1.613 billion. Payment volume increased 19%, to $652 billion.
"Despite a challenging economic environment in the United States and a softening in traditional credit card spending, the strength of Visa's debit business drove solid growth in the region," Joe Saunders, Visa's chairman and chief executive, said in a press release.
It raised its full-year forecast for operating margins, before interest and taxes, to "the mid 40% range," from the "low 40% range" guidance it gave in April. For the next two fiscal years, it expects these margins in the "mid-to-high 40% range."
Also late Wednesday, Visa said it would expand its foreign money-transfer service to Indonesia, and it said it may eventually make the service available the United States and Mexico. The card-based remittance service, which began in Ukraine in 2003, is available in 13 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.