Visa Europe will consider sale to US listed Visa

City A.M. Reporter
VISA Europe's owners may decide to sell the credit card company to US-based Visa Inc and set up a rival system in Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Visa Europe, which is owned and operated by more than 3,700 European member banks, is the European licensee of Visa Inc and is the largest card network in the 27-country European Union.

A Visa Europe board meeting to discuss the possible sale is scheduled for April, and a decision might be made then, the report quoted the people as saying.

In the event of a possible sale, the business could be valued at about $3bn (£1.99bn), the Journal reported. Visa has a call option to buy shares in Visa Europe, while Visa Europe members have a put option to sell shares to Visa.

A Visa Europe spokesman told City A.M. the company does not “comment on speculation”.