Visa 8-K 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 13, 2012
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Registrants Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (415) 932-2100
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On July 13, 2012, Visa Inc. (the Company); its wholly owned subsidiaries Visa U.S.A. Inc. (Visa USA) and Visa International Service Association; MasterCard Incorporated; MasterCard International Incorporated; various U.S. financial institution defendants; and the Class Plaintiffs (as defined below) signed a memorandum of understanding (the MOU) which, subject to certain conditions described below, obligates the parties to enter into a settlement agreement in the form attached to the MOU (together with the MOU, the Settlement Agreement) to resolve the claims of the class plaintiffs (the Class Plaintiffs) in the matter styled In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, No. 05-MD-1720 (JG) (JO) (the Multi-District Litigation). The claims originally were brought by a class of U.S. retailers in 2005.
The settlement agreement for the Class Plaintiffs includes, among other terms:
A final settlement agreement is subject to conditions, including (a) requisite corporate approvals, (b) reaching agreement on certain appendices to the Settlement Agreement regarding class notice, claims, and other procedures, (c) reaching negotiated settlements with the individual plaintiffs whose claims were consolidated with the Multi-District Litigation for pre-trial proceedings (the Individual Plaintiffs), and (d) court approval. There can be no assurances that negotiated settlements can be reached with the Individual Plaintiffs or that the other conditions will be satisfied. A copy of the Settlement Agreement is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and this description is qualified entirely by reference to the Settlement Agreement.
The Company and the Individual Plaintiffs in the Multi-District Litigation have reached an agreement in principle to resolve the Individual Plaintiffs claims against the Company. The agreement in principle must be reduced to a written settlement agreement that is agreeable to all parties, and that settlement agreement will be subject to customary conditions, including all requisite corporate approvals. Until this agreement in principle is reduced to a written settlement agreement and the appropriate conditions are satisfied, no assurance can be provided that the Company will be able to resolve the Individual Plaintiffs claims as contemplated by the agreement in principle.
For the quarter ending June 30, 2012, the Company intends to record a litigation charge of approximately $4.1 billion, which will increase its total FAS 5 reserve for the litigation covered by the Retrospective Responsibility Plan from $285 million to approximately $4.4 billion, to reflect the Class Plaintiffs Settlement Agreement and managements current estimate to resolve the Individual Plaintiffs claims.
As previously disclosed, on February 7, 2011, the Company entered into the Omnibus Agreement Regarding Interchange Litigation Judgment Sharing and Settlement Sharing, among the Company, Visa U.S.A., Visa International, MasterCard Incorporated, MasterCard International Incorporated and various financial institutions (the Omnibus Agreement). A summary of the Omnibus Agreement is contained in the Companys Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 7, 2012. A copy of that agreement is attached as Exhibit 10.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
On July 13, 2012, the Company issued a media release announcing that it had entered into the MOU with the Class Plaintiffs and reached agreement in principle with the Individual Plaintiffs. A copy of the media release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. All information in the media release is furnished but not filed.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by the terms will, intend, subject to and similar references to the future. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make about the settlements in the Multi-District Litigation with the Class Plaintiffs and the Individual Plaintiffs and our litigation reserves. By their nature, forward-looking statements: (i) speak only as of the date they are made, (ii) are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees of future performance and (iii) are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict or quantify. Therefore, actual results could differ materially and adversely from those forward-looking statements because of a variety of factors, including our failure to satisfy the conditions necessary to make the settlements effective and the other factors discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on such statements. Unless required to do so by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statement because of new information or future developments or otherwise.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.