Google And Visa Are Potentially Set To Soar In 2023


  • The 2022 bear market has created incredible long-term investment opportunities in the world’s best growth stocks.
  • GOOG is a very strong buy, trading at just 9.9X cash-adjusted earnings. Buy GOOG for YouTube alone, and its 2.6 billion users.
  • GOOG’s mountain of fast-growing cash means it will one day pay a fast-growing dividend, yet another reason to own it.
  • GOOG’s 7% stake in SpaceX and investments in anti-aging biotech make it an option on the future of humanity, which might one day be more valuable than its core businesses.
  • Visa and GOOG both offer close to 3X return potential over the next 5 years. Visa is 20% undervalued, and its 61% FCF margins make it a dividend growth powerhouse, doubling its dividend every five years. Both represent close-to-perfect growth blue-chip bargains for 2023 and beyond.

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This article was published on Dividend Kings on Tuesday, December 13th.


2022 was an interesting year… to say the least. Consider just these two incredible facts.

  • for a week in September, British 30- and 50-year treasuries were 5X as volatile as Bitcoin
  • it’s the first year in history where bonds and stocks are both down double-digits


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It’s been the most volatile year since 2008. Yet the S&P is down just 15% for the year.



Oil prices have round tripped and are now down on the year. Yet oil stocks are up over almost 60%.

Interest rates rose at their fastest rate in 40 years in 2022 and hit the highest levels in 15 years. So naturally, high-yield “bond alternatives” like British American Tobacco (BTI) should have gotten crushed, right? Actually, BTI is up 15% and one of the darlings of Wall Street.


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High-yield stocks historically perform the best in periods of high inflation. And guess what? Inflation is expected to remain relatively high for the next few years.


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That means that value is likely to do well, but the point is that Wall Street is a lot more complicated than you think.

“The main purpose of Wall Street is to make fools of as many men as possible.” – Bernard Baruch

If you knew a once-in-a-century Pandemic was coming in 2020 that would shut down the global economy and cause GDP to fall at a 32% annual rate in Q2, you certainly wouldn’t have guessed stocks would finish the year up 18%.

If you knew that inflation would take off in 2021, you wouldn’t have guessed that stocks would have rallied by almost 30%.

And if you knew that 9.1% inflation was coming, you probably would have thought that gold would finally work after a decade of suck.



Gold is down 5% during the worst inflation in 42 years and down 15% adjusted for inflation.

The point is that you can find all manner of plausible-sounding stories on Wall Street that sound smart and might make you want to change your portfolio.

“Don’t just do something, stand there.” – Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard

“We believe time, not timing, is key to building wealth in the stock market.” – Bill Miller (beat the S&P 500 15 years in a row)

What is 2023 likely to bring? Most likely a significant stock decline in the year’s first half.

  • the blue-chip consensus

But Fidelity and JPMorgan, and some other blue-chip firms think the bottom is already in.

So how can you know what’s as close to a perfect blue-chip investment opportunity as exists on Wall Street for 2023?

31 Perfect 100% A+ Exceptional Investment Opportunities For 2023


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By focusing on the fundamentals that drive 97% of long-term returns. In the short-term, stock prices are a crapshoot. In the long-term, they are fundamentals-driven destiny.

So let me show you why Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Visa (NYSE:V) are two perfect 2023 blue-chip bargains you can safely buy today. Not to feel smart in the next few months, but to feel like a genius in 5+ years.

Alphabet: Buy One Of The Best Dividend Blue-Chips Of Tomorrow… Today



GOOG is down as much as 45% in this bear market and is still 37% off its highs.


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Is that because we’re in an advertising recession? Is it because GOOG’s growth outlook has fallen to low double-digits?

Partially yes, GOOG gets 99% of its revenues from advertising, and so naturally, the growth outlook will deteriorate in a recession.

But I’d like to point out that from 2023 to 2027, GOOG’s five-year growth is expected to be 15.6%, similar to what it’s enjoyed since its IPO.



GOOG is the world’s #1 online advertiser, at 28% market share. Unlike Meta (META), Apple’s (AAPL) iOS privacy policy shift doesn’t significantly damage its ad business.

That’s because GOOG has 271 services, including Gmail (1.8 billion users) and Google Drive (over 1 billion users), and YouTube with 2.6 billion users.

In fact, 52% of global internet users use YouTube at least once per month.



Buy GOOG Today For YouTube



Because YouTube is the 2nd most popular platform for influencers and is the most popular with young people.


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That makes it very valuable to advertisers.


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How fast is YouTube expected to grow in the next five years? Almost double from $29 billion in revenue to $53 billion. That’s 12.3% annual growth from an already dominant wide moat social media platform.

And YouTube isn’t even GOOG’s fastest-growing business.

  • Google Cloud: 31.8% annually
  • Other Bets: 30.2% annually
  • YouTube: 12.3% annually
  • advertising: 11.5% annually
  • total sales growth: 10.2% annually

Buy GOOG for YouTube, but stay for Cloud and other bets (more on this later).

Buy Google For Its Incredible Future Dividend Potential

GOOG doesn’t pay a dividend today, but if it keeps growing at double-digits, it one day will.


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GOOG is historically in the top 10% of its peers for profitability, including excellent 24% net margins and very strong 68% returns on capital.

  • 5.3X better returns on capital than the S&P 500

Its free cash flow margins are 26%, meaning one in every four dollars drops straight to the bottom line.

What about GOOG losing market share to the likes of Amazon (AMZN)? Keep in mind digital advertising is growing by about 10% annually and is expected to double to $1.25 trillion by 2030.


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GOOG’s growth runway remains long and strong. And its margin outlook looks stable.

Alphabet Consensus Margin Forecast

Year FCF Margin EBITDA Margin EBIT (Operating) Margin Net Margin
2021 26.0% 41.3% 30.6% 29.9%
2022 23.6% 39.0% 26.7% 22.0%
2023 25.2% 38.7% 26.1% 22.2%
2024 26.5% 39.3% 26.7% 22.6%
2025 27.8% 40.4% 28.0% 23.5%
2026 32.7% 40.6% 28.6% 24.1%
2027 34.4% 42.0% 29.2% 24.4%
Annualized Growth 2022-2027 4.75% 0.25% -0.74% -3.27%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

In fact, GOOG’s free cash flow margins are expected to rise over time to a very impressive 34% by 2027.

Alphabet Consensus Medium-Term Growth Outlook

Year Sales Free Cash Flow EBITDA EBIT (Operating Income) Net Income
2021 $257,637 $67,012 $106,531 $78,714 $76,909
2022 $283,551 $66,808 $110,457 $75,703 $62,380
2023 $307,957 $77,467 $119,278 $80,361 $68,239
2024 $346,424 $91,770 $136,259 $92,469 $78,292
2025 $390,153 $108,500 $157,630 $109,227 $91,876
2026 $430,884 $140,964 $174,923 $123,054 $104,056
2027 $462,417 $158,860 $194,042 $135,140 $113,041
Annualized Growth 2021-2027 10.24% 15.47% 10.51% 9.43% 6.63%
Cumulative 2022-2027 $2,221,386 $644,369 $892,589 $615,954 $517,884

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Over the next five years, GOOG is expected to generate over $640 billion in free cash flow, growing its free cash flow at over 15% per year.

GOOG is expected to generate almost $160 billion annually in free cash flow within five years. And that’s after spending an estimated $151 billion per year on growth.

Alphabet Consensus Medium-Term Growth Outlook

Year SG&A (Selling, General, Administrative) R&D Capex Total Growth Spending Sales Growth Spending/Sales
2021 $36,422 $31,562 $24,640 $92,624 $257,637 35.95%
2022 $42,389 $40,037 $31,322 $113,748 $283,551 40.12%
2023 $46,248 $44,818 $32,705 $123,771 $307,957 40.19%
2024 $50,794 $49,723 $33,628 $134,145 $346,424 38.72%
2025 $55,384 $51,900 $35,465 $142,749 $390,153 36.59%
2026 $58,920 $55,565 $33,022 $147,507 $430,884 34.23%
2027 $62,080 $55,239 $33,374 $150,693 $462,417 32.59%
Annualized Growth 9.29% 9.78% 5.19% 8.45% 10.24% -1.62%
Total Spending 2022-2027 $315,815 $297,282 $199,516 $812,613 $2,221,386 -3.89%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

And that brings us to the GOOG’s balance sheet.

Alphabet Balance Sheet Consensus

Year Total Debt (Millions) Cash Net Debt (Millions)
2021 $14,817 $20,945 $6,128
2022 $15,495 $26,797 $11,302
2023 $15,580 $77,390 $61,810
2024 $15,903 $111,072 $95,169
2025 $14,087 $169,629 $155,542
2026 $13,804 $268,903 $255,099
2027 $14,817 $344,365 $329,548
Annualized Growth 0.00% 59.46% 94.28%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

GOOG is expected to have potentially $344 billion in cash and $330 billion in net cash by 2027. It already has more cash than debt and an AA+ stable credit rating.

  • 0.29% 30-year bankruptcy risk, according to S&P

What’s even more amazing? That mountain of cash, which would be the largest net cash pile in history, is AFTER spending a fortune on buybacks.

Alphabet Buy Back Consensus

Year Consensus Buybacks ($ Millions) % Of Shares (At Current Valuations) Market Cap
2022 $38,479 3.2% $1,209,179
2023 $38,180 3.2% $1,209,179
2024 $37,975 3.1% $1,209,179
2025 $77,857 6.4% $1,209,179
2026 $80,465 6.7% $1,209,179
2027 $92,423 7.6% $1,209,179
Total 2023 through 2027 $326,900 27.0% $1,209,179
Annualized Rate 6.1% Average Annual Buybacks $54,483
1% Buyback Tax $3,269 Average Annual Buyback Tax $545

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

GOOG is expected to buy back $327 billion in stock over the next five years, roughly 6.1% at current valuations.

  • $344 billion in cash AFTER spending potentially $327 billion on buybacks
  • and generating $160 billion per year in free cash flow
  • free cash flow growing at 13% in 2027

GOOG paying a very safe and rapidly growing dividend isn’t a matter of speculation; it’s a matter of time and a limit on how big a cash pile can grow.

Buy GOOG For YouTube, Keep It For Future Dividends, And Hold It For SpaceX And Other Bets

“Google-backed Calico Labs is an R&D company with quite the mission: combatting the aging process. Founded in 2013, and with former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson at the helm, the company hopes to uncover the biological pathways of aging and the diseases that come with it and develop treatments that allow people to live for longer.” – Pharmaceutical Technology

Calico Labs is one of GOOG’s “other bets” and one of two subsidiaries working on a cure for aging.

It’s a joint venture with AbbVie (ABBV), and in 2021 both companies recommitted to this research. This is a long-shot bet, though one that Harvard is confident it can crack within 15 years.

How big of a potential market is this?

  • countries like Japan could view it as their only hope of survival
  • Europe, too is screwed demographically

Imagine if a government paid $5,000 per year to keep its population healthy and young. That would solve a lot of expensive problems like the eventual collapse of the EU social safety net.

Per person personal health care spending for the 65 and older population was $19,098 in 2014, over 5 times higher than spending per child ($3,749) and almost 3 times the spending per working-age person ($7,153).” – Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services

How much would governments be willing to be able to ensure slow but steady population growth and avoid the collapse of their safety net?

How about cutting their health spending by 2/3rd?

  • The population of the EU is 447 million (358 million adults)
  • The population of Japan is 126 million (105 million adults)
  • 463 million adults in the EU and Japan alone
  • $2.3 trillion per year potential market for anti-aging treatments in the EU and Japan alone

Estimated Population 20 to 79-Year-Olds


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By 2045 the global population of 20 to 79-year-olds is expected to reach potentially 6.4 billion people.

  • If GOOG and ABBV charged $1K per year in anti-aging treatments, this represents approximately $6.4 trillion in revenue
  • $3.2 trillion GOOG’s share

What if governments don’t offer anti-aging treatments to their citizens? Then guess who will buy the ability to stay young forever (or as long as you want)? The rich.

There are an estimated 3,112 billionaires in the world in 2022.

What if GOOG and ABBV charged $1 million per year for their anti-aging treatment?

  • a small price to pay for a longer life.

Then we’re back to a $3.1 trillion potential addressable market.

In other words, in the future, 50% or more of GOOG’s revenue could come from breakthrough technology like biotech.

But Wait…There’s One More Thing



Did you know NASA estimates there are 200 earths’ worth of resources in the solar system? The eight most valuable asteroids alone hold an estimated $60.3 quintillion or $60.3 million trillion worth of metals and minerals.

That’s 603,000 years of total global GDP in 2022.

The US Is Poised to Reveal a ‘Major Scientific Breakthrough’ on Nuclear Fusion

Humans achieved positive net energy on fusion for the first time in history. While fusion is still many years away from commercialization (2035 is when most private companies think it will be ready), fusion powered spaceships could change everything.

  • 60% faster travel to Mars, for example

In other words, fusion enables colonizing the solar system, which means access to quintillions of dollars’ worth of potential resources.

  • and the potential to sustain up to 200 billion humans sustainably, according to NASA.

The first quadrillionaire is likely to be the person who masters space mining.

Ok, this is some amazing Star Trek-like trivia, but what does it have to do with GOOG?

In 2015, GOOG invested $1 billion into SpaceX for a 10% stake that’s since fallen to 7%.

An asteroid mining startup will soon launch on a SpaceX rideshare mission

Asteroid mining is in its infancy but could one day be a multi-trillion industry.

And guess who is revolutionizing commercial space travel?


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SpaceX has slashed the cost of going into space from $178,000 per KG in 1965 to $1500 today. And it’s working on the Starship, which it says can cut that down to $50 per KG.

SpaceX is a private company, and one of the only ways you can own it is by buying GOOG.

  • a 10% stake in GOOG = a 0.7% stake in SpaceX
  • the Nasdaq 100 is 0.4% SpaceX due to GOOG’s stake

So you see, buying GOOG is a bet on the future. Not just the future of digital advertising but also future dividends, potentially revolutionary biotech, and even the future of space exploration.

All This At At 31% Discount

Metric Historical Fair Value Multiples (all years) 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 12-Month Forward Fair Value
Earnings 25.79 $144.68 $122.24 $136.17 $163.25 $196.26
Average $144.68 $122.24 $136.17 $163.25 $196.26 $135.90
Current Price $93.31

Discount To Fair Value

35.51% 23.67% 31.48% 42.84% 52.46% 31.34%
Upside To Fair Value 55.06% 31.01% 45.93% 74.96% 110.33% 45.65%
2022 EPS 2023 EPS 2022 Weighted EPS 2023 Weighted EPS 12-Month Forward PE 12-Month Average Fair Value Forward PE Current Forward PE

Current Forward Cash-Adjusted PE

$4.74 $5.28 $0.09 $5.18 $5.27 25.8 17.7 9.9

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

GOOG is historically worth about 26X earnings and today trades at 17.7X and just 9.9X cash-adjusted earnings.

  • 0.9 PEG = Peter Lynch’s growth at a reasonable price

For context, the average private equity deal in 2022 was for 11.3X cash-adjusted earnings. So GOOG, a bet on the future of all mankind, is trading at a bargain by even private equity standards.

Analyst Median 12-Month Price Target

Morningstar Fair Value Estimate

$126.61 (24.0 PE) $160 (30.4 PE)

Discount To Price Target (Not A Fair Value Estimate)

Discount To Fair Value

26.30% 41.68%

Upside To Price Target (Not Including Dividend)

Upside To Fair Value (Not Including Dividend)

35.69% 71.47%

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

Analysts expect GOOG to be up 36% within a year, and that forecast is 100% justified by its fundamentals. In fact, if GOOG grows as expected, a 46% rally in the next year would merely return it to historical fair value.

GOOG 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential


(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

If GOOG grows as expected and returns to historical fair value, it could deliver 71% total returns within two years or 30% annually.

  • 3.5X more than the S&P 500 consensus
  • Buffett-like return potential from a world-beater blue-chip bargain hiding in plain sight

GOOG 2028 Consensus Total Return Potential


(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

If GOOG grows as expected and returns to historical fair value, it could deliver 168% total returns or 18% annually over the next five years.

  • over 3X more than the S&P 500

Alphabet Investment Decision Score


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GOOG is as close to a perfect growth opportunity as exists on Wall Street for anyone comfortable with its risk profile. Look at how it compares to the S&P 500.

  • 27% discount to fair value vs. 3% premium S&P = 29% better valuation
  • approximately 11.1% long-term annual return potential vs. 10.2% CAGR S&P
  • about 2X higher risk-adjusted expected returns

Visa: A Wide Moat Dividend Growth Powerhouse

Visa is a somewhat unique company in that it is a longtime, established market leader that still enjoys strong growth prospects. Despite the ongoing evolution of the payments industry, we think a wide moat surrounds the business and that Visa’s position in the global electronic payment infrastructure is essentially unassailable.” – Morningstar (emphasis added)

Visa’s card processing market share worldwide is 39%, making it the king of payment processing.



It operates in every country and connects to almost 15,000 global banks. It processes a total of $14 trillion worth of transactions. That means about 14% of the entire global economy is running through Visa’s network, which takes a cut of each of those 255 billion transactions.

Do you know how much it costs Visa to maintain this incredible network?


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About $800 million per year. That capital-light business model means Visa’s profitability is the stuff of legend.


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Net margins of 51% and returns on capital of 618%, or 6X that of the dividend aristocrats and 42X more than the S&P 500.



If you think net margins of 51% are amazing, how about free cash flow margins of 61%? 61 cents of every dollar coming in the door falls straight to the bottom line.

That’s in the top 0.5% of all companies on earth and exemplifies Visa’s wide and stable moat.

OK, but aren’t there competitors like Mastercard (MA), American Express (AXP), Discover (DFS), and even European networks? Surely capitalism won’t allow such profit margins to endure, will it?

Visa Profit Margin Consensus Forecast

Year FCF Margin EBITDA Margin EBIT (Operating) Margin Net Margin
2021 60.2% 69.6% 65.7% 53.7%
2022 61.0% 70.5% 68.0% 54.7%
2023 55.1% 70.7% 67.9% 54.2%
2024 56.2% 70.5% 68.4% 54.7%
2025 55.2% 71.3% 69.1% 55.2%
Annualized Growth 2022-2027 -2.16% 0.59% 1.24% 0.70%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Actually, Visa’s margins are expected to remain stable or improve in the coming years.

Visa Profit Margin Consensus Forecast

Year Sales Free Cash Flow EBITDA EBIT (Operating Income) Net Income
2021 $24,105 $14,522 $16,780 $15,843 $12,933
2022 $29,310 $17,879 $20,668 $19,923 $16,034
2023 $31,956 $17,614 $22,592 $21,700 $17,312
2024 $35,743 $20,078 $25,187 $24,438 $19,548
2025 $39,648 $21,892 $28,256 $27,378 $21,874
Annualized Growth 2021-2027 13.25% 10.81% 13.91% 14.65% 14.04%
Cumulative 2022-2027 $136,657 $77,463 $96,703 $93,439 $74,768

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Visa is expected to grow its top line by about 13% over the next three years and its bottom line at about the same rate.


(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

But Visa’s earnings are expected to grow closer to 17% per year due to buybacks.

Visa Buyback Consensus Forecast

Year Consensus Buybacks ($ Millions) % Of Shares (At Current Valuations) Market Cap
2022 $12,030 2.9% $411,073
2023 $14,534 3.5% $411,073
2024 $14,292 3.5% $411,073
2025 $19,247 4.7% $411,073
Total 2023 through 2025 $48,073 11.7% $411,073
Annualized Rate 4.2% Average Annual Buybacks $16,024
1% Buyback Tax $481 Average Annual Buyback Tax $80

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Visa is expected to spend almost $50 billion on buybacks in the next three years, enough to repurchase about 4% of shares each year at current valuations.

Visa Buyback Consensus Forecast

Year Total Debt (Millions) Cash Net Debt (Millions)
2021 $20,977 $16,487 $2,018
2022 $22,450 $15,689 $3,928
2023 $21,261 $17,381 $2,103
2024 $21,261 $19,010 -$3,130
2025 $22,450 $23,021 -$10,854
Annualized Growth 1.71% 8.70% NA

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

But even with Visa spending an average of $16.2 billion per year on buybacks and $3.8 billion on dividends, a total of $20 billion in annual cash return to shareholders, Visa’s cash position is expected to climb to $23 billion by 2025.

Speaking of dividends, just take a look at how much dividend growth Visa has delivered.

Dividend Growth To Make Grown Men Weep With Joy


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The annualized dividend growth for Visa has been sensational.

  • Visa: 23.7% CAGR = 11.1% yield on cost
  • Mastercard: 30.3% CAGR = 9.4% yield on cost
  • Nasdaq: 16.9% CAGR = 3.8% yield on cost

The Nasdaq is the best dividend growth ETF I’ve ever seen, and yet Visa’s dividend growth runs circles around it.

Consensus Long-Term Return Potential

Investment Strategy Yield LT Consensus Growth LT Consensus Total Return Potential Long-Term Risk-Adjusted Expected Return Long-Term Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Returns Years To Double Your Inflation & Risk-Adjusted Wealth

10-Year Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Return

Visa 0.8% 16.8% 17.6% 12.3% 9.9% 7.3 2.57
Nasdaq 0.8% 11.8% 12.6% 8.8% 6.4% 11.2 1.87
Safe Midstream 5.9% 6.4% 12.3% 8.6% 6.2% 11.6 1.83
Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF 3.2% 7.6% 10.8% 7.6% 5.2% 14.0 1.65
Dividend Aristocrats 1.9% 8.5% 10.4% 7.3% 4.9% 14.8 1.61
S&P 500 1.7% 8.5% 10.2% 7.1% 4.7% 15.2 1.59
REITs 3.9% 6.1% 10.0% 7.0% 4.6% 15.7 1.57
60/40 Retirement Portfolio 2.1% 5.1% 7.2% 5.0% 2.6% 27.3 1.30

(Source: DK Research Terminal, FactSet, Morningstar, YCharts)

Visa is expected to keep delivering Nasdaq-crushing returns for years, or even potentially decades to come. All while approximately doubling the dividend every five years.

OK, this is all very impressive, but what about Visa’s risk profile? How well does it manage its many risks, including all the regulators gunning for its margins?

Visa: A Master Of Risk Management

Even Ultra SWANs like Visa have risks to be aware of.

Visa’s revenue is tied to the amount and volume of consumer purchases, which creates macroeconomic sensitivity. Both Visa and Mastercard have paid substantial fines historically related to the oligopolistic nature of the industry, and legal and regulatory risk is intrinsic to the business model, given merchants’ desires to lower fees. While Visa’s and Mastercard’s positions in the current electronic payment industry are largely set, it continues to evolve in ways that could reduce its volume or profitability. Some governments have shown a preference for local payment networks, which could freeze Visa out of certain markets and impede the value it drives from its global network.

We see the company’s largest ESG risk as data security. Any company involved in processing payments has potential exposure to breaches in its systems.” – Morningstar

How well does Visa manage its complex risk profile?

DK uses S&P Global’s global long-term risk-management ratings for our risk rating.

  • S&P has spent over 20 years perfecting their risk model
  • which is based on over 30 major risk categories, over 130 subcategories, and 1,000 individual metrics
  • 50% of metrics are industry specific
  • this risk rating has been included in every credit rating for decades

The DK risk rating is based on the global percentile of how a company’s risk management compares to 8,000 S&P-rated companies covering 90% of the world’s market cap.

Visa scores 84th Percentile On Global Long-Term Risk Management

S&P’s risk management scores factor in things like:

  • supply chain management
  • crisis management
  • cyber-security
  • privacy protection
  • efficiency
  • R&D efficiency
  • innovation management
  • labor relations
  • talent retention
  • worker training/skills improvement
  • occupational health & safety
  • customer relationship management
  • business ethics
  • climate strategy adaptation
  • sustainable agricultural practices
  • corporate governance
  • brand management

Visa’s Long-Term Risk Management Is The 122th Best In The Master List 76th Percentile In The Master List)

Classification S&P LT Risk-Management Global Percentile

Risk-Management Interpretation

Risk-Management Rating

BTI, ILMN, SIEGY, SPGI, WM, CI, CSCO, WMB, SAP, CL 100 Exceptional (Top 80 companies in the world) Very Low Risk
Strong ESG Stocks 86

Very Good

Very Low Risk

Visa 84

Very Good

Very Low Risk

Foreign Dividend Stocks 77

Good, Bordering On Very Good

Low Risk

Ultra SWANs 74 Good Low Risk
Dividend Aristocrats 67 Above-Average (Bordering On Good) Low Risk
Low Volatility Stocks 65 Above-Average Low Risk
Master List average 61 Above-Average Low Risk
Dividend Kings 60 Above-Average Low Risk
Hyper-Growth stocks 59 Average, Bordering On Above-Average Medium Risk
Dividend Champions 55 Average Medium Risk
Monthly Dividend Stocks 41 Average Medium Risk

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

Visa’s risk management is in the top 26% of the world’s best blue chips and is similar to:

  • Lowe’s (LOW): Ultra SWAN dividend king
  • T. Rowe Price (TROW): Ultra SWAN dividend aristocrat
  • 3M (MMM): Ultra SWAN dividend king
  • BlackRock (BLK): Ultra SWAN
  • Royal Bank of Canada (RY): Ultra SWAN

The bottom line is that all companies have risks, and Visa is very good at managing theirs, according to S&P.

Valuation: A Wonderful Company At A Wonderful Price

Metric Historical Fair Value Multiples (15-Years) 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 12-Month Forward Fair Value
5-Year Average Yield 0.63% $212.70 $285.71 $285.71 $315.87 $339.68
13-Year Median Yield 0.63% $212.70 $285.71 $285.71 $315.87 $339.68
15- Year Average Yield 0.69% $194.20 $260.87 $260.87 $288.41 $310.14
Earnings 30.21 $82.17 $232.62 $261.01 $292.13 $338.65
Average $115.48 $264.34 $272.77 $302.52 $331.54 $272.60
Current Price $215.96

Discount To Fair Value

-87.01% 18.30% 20.83% 28.61% 34.86% 20.78%

Upside To Fair Value (including dividend)

-46.53% 22.40% 26.30% 40.08% 53.52% 27.06%
2022 EPS 2023 EPS 2022 Weighted EPS 2023 Weighted EPS 12-Month Forward EPS Historical Average Fair Value Forward PE Current Forward PE

Current Forward Cash-Adjusted PE

$7.70 $8.64 $0.15 $8.47 $8.62 31.6 25.0 20.4

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

Visa is 20% historically undervalued and trading at 25X earnings, or 20.4X cash-adjusted earnings.

  • 1.2 PEG = growth at a reasonable price

Rating Margin Of Safety For Very Low Risk 13/13 Ultra SWAN (Sleep Well At Night) Quality Companies 2022 Fair Value Price 2023 Fair Value Price

12-Month Forward Fair Value

Potentially Reasonable Buy 0% $264.34 $272.77 $272.60
Potentially Good Buy 5% $251.12 $259.13 $258.97
Potentially Strong Buy 15% $224.69 $231.85 $231.71
Potentially Very Strong Buy 25% $188.34 $204.58 $204.45
Potentially Ultra-Value Buy 35% $171.82 $177.30 $177.19
Currently $215.96 18.30% 20.83% 20.78%
Upside To Fair Value (Including Dividends) 23.23% 27.14% 27.06%

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

For anyone comfortable with its risk profile, Visa is a potentially strong buy.

Visa 2025 Consensus Total Return Potential


(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

If Visa grows as expected and returns to historical fair value, it could deliver 60% over the next three years, or 18% per year.

  • about 2X more than the S&P 500 consensus

Visa 2029 Consensus Total Return Potential


(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

If Visa grows as expected and returns to historical fair value, it could triple by 2029, delivering 18% annual returns.

  • 4X the S&P consensus

Visa Investment Decision Score


Dividend Kings Automated Investment Decision Tool

Visa is as close to a perfect dividend hyper-growth Ultra SWAN opportunity for anyone comfortable with its risk profile. Look at how it compares to the S&P 500.

  • 21% discount to fair value vs. 3% premium S&P = 24% better valuation
  • 0.8% safe yield vs. 1.7% (much safer and growing 2X as fast)
  • approximately 17.6% long-term annual return potential vs. 10.2% CAGR S&P
  • about 2X higher risk-adjusted expected returns

Bottom Line: Alphabet And Visa Are Perfect 2023 Blue-Chip Buys

Let me be clear: I’m NOT calling the bottom in GOOG or V (I’m not a market-timer).

Ultra SWAN quality does NOT mean “can’t fall hard and fast in a bear market.”

Fundamentals are all that determine safety and quality, and my recommendations.

  • over 30+ years, 97% of stock returns are a function of pure fundamentals, not luck
  • in the short term; luck is 25X as powerful as fundamentals
  • in the long term, fundamentals are 33X as powerful as luck

While I can’t predict the market in the short term, here’s what I can tell you about GOOG and V.

These are two of the best world-beater blue-chips on earth. They offer:

  • Fortress balance sheets: AA+ for GOOG and AA- for Visa
  • great risk management: 93rd percentile for GOOG and 84th for Visa
  • solid double-digit growth potential for decades to come

Visa is already one of the best dividend growth Ultra SWANs, with a 14-year dividend growth streak at a blistering 24% rate.

GOOG is likely to start paying a dividend within a decade, and grow at a solid double-digit rate as well.

Their wide moat and cash-rich businesses offer long growth runways. Visa is the king of global financial transactions and in the top 0.5% of all companies in profitability with its stable 61% free cash flow margins.

GOOG is one of the most flexible growth stocks on earth, with dominant positions in cloud computing, advertising, and social media. Buy GOOG for YouTube and keep it for the future dividends, and its 7% stake in SpaceX and the potential for Calico to rake in trillions from anti-aging.

For those looking for the world’s best growth blue-chips for 2023, GOOG and V are as close to perfect opportunities as currently exist on Wall Street.

I can’t promise you quick gains in the months ahead; no one can. But if you have 5+ years, then I’m confident you’ll be pleased if you buy them today.

And within a decade, you could feel like a stock market genius.

Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of GOOG, V either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: Dividend Kings owns GOOG and V in our portfolios.


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