March 19 Visa Europe's owners may decide to sell
the credit card company to U.S.-based Visa Inc and set up
a rival system in Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported,
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 $3 billion, 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 Reuters the company does not
"comment on speculation". Visa Inc was not immediately available
to comment on the report.
Visa Inc shares were trading flat at $158.35 on the New York
Stock Exchange on Tuesday.