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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash-to-Debt 0.55
AXP's Cash-to-Debt is ranked lower than
56% of the 413 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. AXP: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash-to-Debt only.
AXP' s Cash-to-Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.21 Max: 0.64
Current: 0.55
0.09
0.64
Equity-to-Asset 0.13
AXP's Equity-to-Asset is ranked lower than
87% of the 316 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. AXP: 0.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity-to-Asset only.
AXP' s Equity-to-Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.04  Med: 0.09 Max: 0.14
Current: 0.13
0.04
0.14
Debt-to-Equity 2.62
AXP's Debt-to-Equity is ranked lower than
70% of the 283 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. AXP: 2.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Debt-to-Equity only.
AXP' s Debt-to-Equity Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.27  Med: 3.17 Max: 6.48
Current: 2.62
2.27
6.48
Interest Coverage 3.68
AXP's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
59% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.69 vs. AXP: 3.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
AXP' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.01  Med: 2.95 Max: 5.27
Current: 3.68
1.01
5.27
Beneish M-Score: -2.59
WACC vs ROIC
6.14%
10.19%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating Margin % 20.82
AXP's Operating Margin % is ranked higher than
59% of the 407 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.78 vs. AXP: 20.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating Margin % only.
AXP' s Operating Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.59  Med: 22.42 Max: 26.3
Current: 20.82
11.59
26.3
Net Margin % 14.20
AXP's Net Margin % is ranked higher than
56% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.96 vs. AXP: 14.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net Margin % only.
AXP' s Net Margin % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.69  Med: 15.22 Max: 17.21
Current: 14.2
8.69
17.21
ROE % 21.22
AXP's ROE % is ranked higher than
86% of the 404 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.10 vs. AXP: 21.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE % only.
AXP' s ROE % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.73  Med: 26.08 Max: 37.25
Current: 21.22
13.73
37.25
ROA % 2.84
AXP's ROA % is ranked higher than
57% of the 418 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.58 vs. AXP: 2.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA % only.
AXP' s ROA % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.7  Med: 3.1 Max: 3.77
Current: 2.84
1.7
3.77
3-Year Revenue Growth Rate 4.40
AXP's 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate is ranked lower than
55% of the 291 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. AXP: 4.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate only.
AXP' s 3-Year Revenue Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -17.7  Med: 5.4 Max: 15.9
Current: 4.4
-17.7
15.9
3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate 6.30
AXP's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
52% of the 252 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. AXP: 6.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate only.
AXP' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.3  Med: 11.1 Max: 25
Current: 6.3
-11.3
25
3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate 5.00
AXP's 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate is ranked higher than
50% of the 247 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. AXP: 5.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate only.
AXP' s 3-Year EPS without NRI Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -32.2  Med: 10.8 Max: 66.4
Current: 5
-32.2
66.4
GuruFocus has detected 3 Warning Signs with American Express Co $AXP.
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Guru Trades

Q3 2016

AXP Guru Trades in Q3 2016

Paul Tudor Jones 61,494 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 100,600 sh (+101.20%)
Jim Simons 2,311,900 sh (+68.81%)
Joel Greenblatt 5,268 sh (+32.73%)
Pioneer Investments 392,313 sh (+15.52%)
Robert Olstein 125,000 sh (+7.76%)
Jeremy Grantham 7,076,210 sh (+7.64%)
Dodge & Cox 29,219,762 sh (+3.44%)
Tom Russo 155,638 sh (+1.16%)
First Eagle Investment 15,831,610 sh (+0.62%)
Mairs and Power 1,063,495 sh (+0.43%)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
David Dreman 15,404 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 386,000 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 574,700 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 8,018 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel Sold Out
Jerome Dodson Sold Out
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 4,400,000 sh (-1.01%)
Mario Gabelli 2,650,197 sh (-2.20%)
First Pacific Advisors 5,884,304 sh (-2.62%)
John Rogers 797,470 sh (-2.80%)
Steven Romick 4,595,780 sh (-4.14%)
Charles de Vaulx 801,508 sh (-5.14%)
Chris Davis 12,849,137 sh (-5.46%)
Murray Stahl 9,753 sh (-8.23%)
Tweedy Browne 232,098 sh (-9.63%)
Ken Fisher 10,532,878 sh (-10.24%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 17,631,574 sh (-11.76%)
Diamond Hill Capital 6,418 sh (-13.74%)
Lee Ainslie 3,558,379 sh (-23.42%)
Ruane Cunniff 771,298 sh (-28.11%)
Ray Dalio 20,700 sh (-74.48%)
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Q4 2016

AXP Guru Trades in Q4 2016

John Hussman 1,300 sh (New)
Tweedy Browne 362,608 sh (+56.23%)
Murray Stahl 12,603 sh (+29.22%)
John Rogers 830,330 sh (+4.12%)
Tom Russo 158,633 sh (+1.92%)
Ken Fisher 10,630,270 sh (+0.92%)
First Eagle Investment 15,933,625 sh (+0.64%)
Pioneer Investments 394,451 sh (+0.54%)
Mairs and Power 1,065,175 sh (+0.16%)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 386,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 8,018 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 574,600 sh (-0.02%)
Dodge & Cox 28,734,700 sh (-1.66%)
First Pacific Advisors 5,751,094 sh (-2.26%)
Steven Romick 4,479,810 sh (-2.52%)
Mario Gabelli 2,572,028 sh (-2.95%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 16,920,072 sh (-4.04%)
Chris Davis 12,064,358 sh (-6.11%)
Charles de Vaulx 741,612 sh (-7.47%)
Robert Olstein 114,000 sh (-8.80%)
Jeremy Grantham 6,221,905 sh (-12.07%)
Ruane Cunniff 672,484 sh (-12.81%)
Joel Greenblatt 4,556 sh (-13.52%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 3,760,000 sh (-14.55%)
Diamond Hill Capital 4,573 sh (-28.75%)
Lee Ainslie 2,340,629 sh (-34.22%)
David Dreman 7,641 sh (-50.40%)
Paul Tudor Jones 23,685 sh (-61.48%)
Jim Simons 269,700 sh (-88.33%)
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Q1 2017

AXP Guru Trades in Q1 2017

John Hussman 51,300 sh (+3846.15%)
Mairs and Power 1,138,255 sh (+6.86%)
David Dreman 7,994 sh (+4.62%)
Ken Fisher 10,879,001 sh (+2.34%)
First Eagle Investment 16,239,276 sh (+1.92%)
Tom Russo 160,993 sh (+1.49%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 16,945,508 sh (+0.15%)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
John Rogers 830,330 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 386,000 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 12,603 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 574,600 sh (unchged)
Charles de Vaulx 741,612 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Diamond Hill Capital Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 7,968 sh (-0.62%)
Pioneer Investments 390,740 sh (-0.94%)
Tweedy Browne 358,162 sh (-1.23%)
Chris Davis 11,830,707 sh (-1.94%)
Dodge & Cox 28,042,105 sh (-2.41%)
Robert Olstein 110,900 sh (-2.72%)
Mario Gabelli 2,464,906 sh (-4.16%)
Jeremy Grantham 4,841,203 sh (-22.19%)
Joel Greenblatt 2,905 sh (-36.24%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2,380,000 sh (-36.70%)
Steven Romick 2,630,010 sh (-41.29%)
First Pacific Advisors 3,344,880 sh (-41.84%)
Ruane Cunniff 15,172 sh (-97.74%)
Lee Ainslie 8,440 sh (-99.64%)
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Q2 2017

AXP Guru Trades in Q2 2017

Jim Simons 1,205,200 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 335,664 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 20,770 sh (+146.09%)
David Dreman 17,921 sh (+124.18%)
John Hussman 76,300 sh (+48.73%)
Mairs and Power 1,219,552 sh (+7.14%)
Pioneer Investments 414,778 sh (+6.15%)
John Rogers 860,258 sh (+3.60%)
Ken Fisher 11,247,348 sh (+3.39%)
Jeremy Grantham 4,976,964 sh (+2.80%)
Tom Russo 164,812 sh (+2.37%)
First Pacific Advisors 3,397,590 sh (+1.58%)
First Eagle Investment 16,342,822 sh (+0.64%)
Steven Romick 2,630,010 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 386,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 12,603 sh (unchged)
Charles de Vaulx 741,612 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jeff Auxier 7,943 sh (-0.31%)
Dodge & Cox 27,714,370 sh (-1.17%)
Mario Gabelli 2,429,398 sh (-1.44%)
Tweedy Browne 352,597 sh (-1.55%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 16,624,368 sh (-1.90%)
Chris Davis 11,297,163 sh (-4.51%)
PRIMECAP Management 524,700 sh (-8.68%)
Ruane Cunniff 13,751 sh (-9.37%)
Robert Olstein 99,306 sh (-10.45%)
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 1,697,800 sh (-28.66%)
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Latest Guru Trades with NYSE:AXP

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Dodge & Cox 2017-06-30 Reduce -1.17%0.02%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%27,714,370
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2017-06-30 Reduce -1.90%0.04%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%16,624,368
First Eagle Investment 2017-06-30 Add 0.64%0.02%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%16,342,822
Chris Davis 2017-06-30 Reduce -4.51%0.18%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%11,297,163
Ken Fisher 2017-06-30 Add 3.39%0.05%$75.55 - $83.97 $ 89.0013%11,247,348
Mario Gabelli 2017-06-30 Reduce -1.44%0.02%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%2,429,398
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2017-06-30 Reduce -28.66%0.25%$75.55 - $83.97 $ 89.0013%1,697,800
John Rogers 2017-06-30 Add 3.60%0.03%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%860,258
Tweedy Browne 2017-06-30 Reduce -1.55%0.01%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%352,597
Robert Olstein 2017-06-30 Reduce -10.45%0.12%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%99,306
David Dreman 2017-06-30 Add 124.18%0.46%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%17,921
Ruane Cunniff 2017-06-30 Reduce -9.37%$75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%13,751
Joel Greenblatt 2017-06-30 Sold Out $75.55 - $84.24 $ 89.0013%0
Dodge & Cox 2017-03-31 Reduce -2.41%0.05%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%28,042,105
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2017-03-31 Add 0.15%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%16,945,508
First Eagle Investment 2017-03-31 Add 1.92%0.06%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%16,239,276
Chris Davis 2017-03-31 Reduce -1.94%0.08%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%11,830,707
Ken Fisher 2017-03-31 Add 2.34%0.03%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%10,879,001
Mario Gabelli 2017-03-31 Reduce -4.16%0.05%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%2,464,906
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2017-03-31 Reduce -36.70%0.47%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%2,380,000
Tweedy Browne 2017-03-31 Reduce -1.23%0.01%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%358,162
Robert Olstein 2017-03-31 Reduce -2.72%0.03%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%110,900
Ruane Cunniff 2017-03-31 Reduce -97.74%0.46%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%15,172
David Dreman 2017-03-31 Add 4.62%0.02%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%7,994
Joel Greenblatt 2017-03-31 Reduce -36.24%$75.32 - $81.92 $ 89.0014%2,905
Dodge & Cox 2016-12-31 Reduce -1.66%0.03%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%28,734,700
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2016-12-31 Reduce -4.04%0.07%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%16,920,072
First Eagle Investment 2016-12-31 Add 0.64%0.02%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%15,933,625
Chris Davis 2016-12-31 Reduce -6.11%0.22%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%12,064,358
Ken Fisher 2016-12-31 Add 0.92%0.01%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%10,630,270
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2016-12-31 Reduce -14.55%0.19%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%3,760,000
Mario Gabelli 2016-12-31 Reduce -2.95%0.03%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%2,572,028
John Rogers 2016-12-31 Add 4.12%0.03%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%830,330
Ruane Cunniff 2016-12-31 Reduce -12.81%0.06%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%672,484
Tweedy Browne 2016-12-31 Add 56.23%0.3%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%362,608
Robert Olstein 2016-12-31 Reduce -8.80%0.09%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%114,000
David Dreman 2016-12-31 Reduce -50.40%0.3%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%7,641
Joel Greenblatt 2016-12-31 Reduce -13.52%$59.9 - $75.32 $ 89.0029%4,556
Dodge & Cox 2016-09-30 Add 3.44%0.06%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%29,219,762
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 2016-09-30 Reduce -11.76%0.22%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%17,631,574
First Eagle Investment 2016-09-30 Add 0.62%0.02%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%15,831,610
Chris Davis 2016-09-30 Reduce -5.46%0.2%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%12,849,137
Ken Fisher 2016-09-30 Reduce -10.24%0.14%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%10,532,878
T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund 2016-09-30 Reduce -1.01%0.01%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%4,400,000
Mario Gabelli 2016-09-30 Reduce -2.20%0.02%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%2,650,197
John Rogers 2016-09-30 Reduce -2.80%0.02%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%797,470
Ruane Cunniff 2016-09-30 Reduce -28.11%0.17%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%771,298
Tweedy Browne 2016-09-30 Reduce -9.63%0.04%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%232,098
Robert Olstein 2016-09-30 Add 7.76%0.08%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%125,000
Joel Greenblatt 2016-09-30 Add 32.73%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%5,268
Steve Mandel 2016-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$59.15 - $66.24 $ 89.0039%0
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Preferred stocks of American Express Co

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
AEC2.Germany0.000.00DR
AEC2.Germany103.970.00DR

Business Description

Industry: Credit Services » Credit Services    NAICS: 522220    SIC: 6141
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Headquarter Location:USA
American Express Co is a payments, network and travel company. It provides charge and credit card products, travel services, network services, stored value products, loans, and other products and services to businesses and individuals.

American Express was founded as an express mail business in 1850. By the turn of the century, the company expanded into financial services and introduced its famous Travelers Cheques, before issuing the first American Express card in 1958. Today, the company provides charge and credit card products, travel services, network services, stored value products, loans, and other products and services to businesses and individuals. American Express issues cards to consumers and engages in merchant acquiring and processing globally.

Guru Investment Theses on American Express Co

Parnassus Fund Comments on American Express - May 09, 2016

American Express (NYSE:AXP), a global credit card company, saw its stock drop from $69.55 to $61.40, for a loss of 57 basis points. While the company beat earnings expectations this quarter, forward guidance for 2016 and 2017 were lowered. The company is facing a major headwind because of the loss of its co-branded Costco credit card portfolio to Citigroup. The company has also pointed more broadly to the increased competition in co-branded credit cards. To address these challenges, American Express is actively shifting its strategy to focus more on its lending business. Longer term, we believe the company will be able to continue to grow earnings by improving operational efficiency, buying back stock and finding a new avenue of growth through its lending focus.



From the Parnassus Fund first quarter 2016 shareholder letter.



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First Eagle Investments Comments on American Express - May 02, 2016

American Express (NYSE:AXP) illustrates the negative supply consequences of easy monetary policy. Zero -percent interest rates have generally compressed banks’ net interest margins, but not in the consumer credit card business, where margins have remained wide. This has become an especially bright spot in the financial sector, and banks have committed more capital to credit cards. As a result, American Express has faced a period of heightened competition, which has put pressure on its stock. We believe American Express has remained a very well-entrenched franchise, and in a world where many banks are earning single-digit return on equity (ROE), American Express has earned a 25% ROE.2 Its balance sheet is solid by comparison, and it has been able to buy back stock rather than needing to issue stock. We have remained committed to American Express, but we acknowledge that its environment has become somewhat more challenging.



From First Eagle's Global Value Fund first quarter 2016 commentary.



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Dodge & Cox Comments on American Express - Feb 02, 2016

American Express (NYSE:AXP)—the largest new purchase in the Fund during 2015—provides charge and credit card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company is the number one credit/charge card issuer and merchant acquirer in the United States measured by billed business, and its network is the second largest after Visa. Historically, American Express has generated attractive returns due to its vertical integration and strong value proposition for high-spending customers.



In 2015, American Express’ stock declined 24%(c) due to concerns that the company’s business model is under pressure: Costco U.S. and JetBlue terminated their exclusive relationships with the card company and the Department of Justice questioned American Express’ ability to enforce rules prohibiting merchants from steering customers to other credit cards. As a result, American Express’ valuation relative to the market is at a historically low level (13 times forward estimated earnings(d)). We initiated a position in the company because we believe these near-term concerns have obscured a long-term investment opportunity. The company has an attractive business model that produces high returns on capital by encouraging more affluent and creditworthy customers to use the company’s credit and charge cards. American Express’ highly perceived rewards program, customer service, and strong brand recognition help attract and retain wealthier customers. The company should benefit from a continued industry shift from paper to plastic payments and growth in its third-party issued cards business. We believe American Express will be able to maintain its strong return on equity and improve profitability in the long run. On December 31, American Express was a 1.4% position in the Fund.



From Dodge & Cox Stock Fund annual commentary for 2015.



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GAMCO Investors Comments on American Express - Dec 22, 2015

American Express Co. (NYSE:AXP) (2.2% of net assets as of September 30, 2015) (AXP – $74.13 – NYSE) is the largest closed loop credit card company in the world. The company operates its eponymous premiere branded payment network and lends to its largely affluent customer base. American Express has 114 million cards in force and over $68 billion in loans, while its customers charged nearly $1.0 trillion of spending on their cards in 2014. The company’s strong consumer brand has allowed American Express to enter the deposit gathering market as an alternate source of funding, while the company’s affluent customers have picked up spending. Longer term, American Express should capitalize on its higher spending customer base and continue to expand into other payment related businesses, such as corporate purchasing, while also growing in emerging markets. Similarly, the company is looking at the growing success of social media as an opportunity to expand its product base and payment options.



From the Gabelli Dividend Growth Fund third quarter 2015 commentary.



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Ratios

vs
industry
vs
history
PE Ratio 18.16
AXP's PE Ratio is ranked higher than
52% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.55 vs. AXP: 18.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio only.
AXP' s PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.2  Med: 14.23 Max: 35.9
Current: 18.16
5.2
35.9
Forward PE Ratio 13.85
AXP's Forward PE Ratio is ranked lower than
64% of the 50 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.76 vs. AXP: 13.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward PE Ratio only.
N/A
PE Ratio without NRI 18.16
AXP's PE Ratio without NRI is ranked higher than
53% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.63 vs. AXP: 18.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE Ratio without NRI only.
AXP' s PE Ratio without NRI Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.92  Med: 14.15 Max: 33.83
Current: 18.16
4.92
33.83
Price-to-Owner-Earnings 14.12
AXP's Price-to-Owner-Earnings is ranked lower than
69% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.67 vs. AXP: 14.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Owner-Earnings only.
AXP' s Price-to-Owner-Earnings Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.57  Med: 12.49 Max: 1388.99
Current: 14.12
5.57
1388.99
PB Ratio 3.73
AXP's PB Ratio is ranked lower than
80% of the 312 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. AXP: 3.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PB Ratio only.
AXP' s PB Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.95  Med: 3.48 Max: 7.24
Current: 3.73
0.95
7.24
PS Ratio 2.52
AXP's PS Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 393 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.73 vs. AXP: 2.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PS Ratio only.
AXP' s PS Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.44  Med: 2.15 Max: 3.13
Current: 2.52
0.44
3.13
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 10.04
AXP's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
63% of the 83 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.05 vs. AXP: 10.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow only.
AXP' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.07  Med: 8.37 Max: 47.21
Current: 10.04
2.07
47.21
Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow 8.67
AXP's Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow is ranked lower than
60% of the 104 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.91 vs. AXP: 8.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow only.
AXP' s Price-to-Operating-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.81  Med: 7.4 Max: 31.56
Current: 8.67
1.81
31.56
EV-to-EBIT 15.55
AXP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
62% of the 344 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.99 vs. AXP: 15.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
AXP' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.8  Med: 16.6 Max: 47.1
Current: 15.55
8.8
47.1
EV-to-EBITDA 13.23
AXP's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
64% of the 348 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.26 vs. AXP: 13.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
AXP' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.8  Med: 14.6 Max: 32.6
Current: 13.23
7.8
32.6
EV-to-Revenue 3.23
AXP's EV-to-Revenue is ranked higher than
75% of the 390 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.88 vs. AXP: 3.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-Revenue only.
AXP' s EV-to-Revenue Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.3  Med: 3.5 Max: 5.2
Current: 3.23
2.3
5.2
PEG Ratio 1.97
AXP's PEG Ratio is ranked lower than
67% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.92 vs. AXP: 1.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG Ratio only.
AXP' s PEG Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.72  Med: 1.36 Max: 607
Current: 1.97
0.72
607
Shiller PE Ratio 20.51
AXP's Shiller PE Ratio is ranked lower than
61% of the 54 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.34 vs. AXP: 20.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller PE Ratio only.
AXP' s Shiller PE Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.96  Med: 17.91 Max: 26.76
Current: 20.51
3.96
26.76

Dividend & Buy Back

vs
industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield % 1.44
AXP's Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
65% of the 304 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.81 vs. AXP: 1.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield % only.
AXP' s Dividend Yield % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.72  Med: 1.48 Max: 8.77
Current: 1.44
0.72
8.77
Dividend Payout Ratio 0.26
AXP's Dividend Payout Ratio is ranked higher than
96% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. AXP: 0.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout Ratio only.
AXP' s Dividend Payout Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.14  Med: 0.22 Max: 0.47
Current: 0.26
0.14
0.47
3-Year Dividend Growth Rate 22.70
AXP's 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate is ranked higher than
82% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. AXP: 22.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate only.
AXP' s 3-Year Dividend Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.4  Med: 3.6 Max: 22.7
Current: 22.7
-3.4
22.7
Forward Dividend Yield % 1.46
AXP's Forward Dividend Yield % is ranked lower than
72% of the 296 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.96 vs. AXP: 1.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield % only.
N/A
5-Year Yield-on-Cost % 2.66
AXP's 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % is ranked lower than
54% of the 381 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.29 vs. AXP: 2.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % only.
AXP' s 5-Year Yield-on-Cost % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.33  Med: 2.74 Max: 16.23
Current: 2.66
1.33
16.23
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 5.30
AXP's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
96% of the 207 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. AXP: 5.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
AXP' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.7  Med: 1.8 Max: 5.3
Current: 5.3
-4.7
5.3

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price-to-Tangible-Book 3.72
AXP's Price-to-Tangible-Book is ranked lower than
78% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. AXP: 3.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Tangible-Book only.
AXP' s Price-to-Tangible-Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.19  Med: 3.36 Max: 6.92
Current: 3.72
1.19
6.92
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF 0.75
AXP's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 87 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. AXP: 0.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF only.
AXP' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-Projected-FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.2  Med: 0.78 Max: 2.43
Current: 0.75
0.2
2.43
Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) 1.30
AXP's Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
67% of the 21 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. AXP: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) only.
AXP' s Price-to-Intrinsic-Value-DCF (Earnings Based) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.58  Med: 1.31 Max: 2.23
Current: 1.3
0.58
2.23
Price-to-Median-PS-Value 1.17
AXP's Price-to-Median-PS-Value is ranked lower than
61% of the 374 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. AXP: 1.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Median-PS-Value only.
AXP' s Price-to-Median-PS-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.21  Med: 0.96 Max: 1.53
Current: 1.17
0.21
1.53
Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value 2.20
AXP's Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value is ranked lower than
69% of the 77 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. AXP: 2.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value only.
AXP' s Price-to-Peter-Lynch-Fair-Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.58  Med: 1.69 Max: 5.6
Current: 2.2
0.58
5.6
Price-to-Graham-Number 1.73
AXP's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
65% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. AXP: 1.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price-to-Graham-Number only.
AXP' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.64  Med: 1.48 Max: 2.77
Current: 1.73
0.64
2.77
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % 6.43
AXP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % is ranked higher than
69% of the 419 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.85 vs. AXP: 6.43 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % only.
AXP' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.1  Med: 6 Max: 11.3
Current: 6.43
2.1
11.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % 16.79
AXP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is ranked higher than
61% of the 135 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.33 vs. AXP: 16.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % only.
AXP' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.7  Med: 20.8 Max: 62.6
Current: 16.79
8.7
62.6

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $31,992.00
EPS (TTM) $ 4.90
Beta1.11
Short Percentage of Float2.33%
52-Week Range $59.50 - 87.78
Shares Outstanding (Mil)883.98

Analyst Estimate

Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 32,834 34,190 36,244
EPS ($) 5.72 6.31 6.95
EPS without NRI ($) 5.72 6.31 6.95
EPS Growth Rate
(Future 3Y To 5Y Estimate)
9.40%
Dividends per Share ($) 1.34 1.45 1.48
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