Visa Inc's first-quarter profit jumped 30 percent, and the world's largest credit- and debit-card network authorized a new $1.75 billion share repurchase program.
The new share buyback program brings the total outstanding authorization to about $2.9 billion.
The company's profit rose to $1.3 billion, or $1.93 per Class A share, from $1.0 billion, or $1.49 per Class A share, a year earlier.
Total operating revenue rose 12 percent to $2.8 billion.
Analysts on average expected earnings of $1.79 per share on revenue of $2.82 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Payment volumes grew 9 percent to $1.1 trillion, while processed transactions grew 4 percent.
"Visa again delivered a strong quarter of revenue and earnings driven by success across our global franchise," Chief Executive Charlie Scharf said in a statement.
Scharf, a former head of JPMorgan Chase & Co's retail financial services division, took over as chief executive in November.
The company said it expects annual net revenue growth in the low double-digits and adjusted Class A earnings per share growth in the high-teens for 2013.
Visa expects an annual operating margin of about 60 percent.
(Reporting by Jochelle Mendonca; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
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