AMERICAN EXPRESS CO's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2014 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 5.20% from the same quarter last year.
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|Income Statement||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||8749.0||8785.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||1477.0||1366.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||21264.0||22286.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||153862.0||150103.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||59094.0||55776.0|
|Profitability||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||30.52||28.45|
|Return on Assets||3.73||3.12|
|Return on Equity||28.42||24.39|
|Debt||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Share Data||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||1035.0||1071.0|
|Div / share||0.26||0.23|
|Book value / share||19.53||17.94|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||4370100.0||3529501.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 15.46 for the Consumer Finance industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.99. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.77 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.76 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 3.00. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average and above the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, AMERICAN EXPRESS CO proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|AXP 17.35||Peers 15.46||AXP 10.75||Peers 10.34|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
AXP is trading at a premium to its peers.
Average. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
AXP is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.
|AXP 15.35||Peers 13.78||AXP 1.28||Peers 1.74|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
AXP is trading at a premium to its peers.
Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
AXP trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|AXP 4.77||Peers 3.00||AXP 26.95||Peers 18.81|
Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
AXP is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
AXP is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|AXP 2.72||Peers 2.66||AXP 2.57||Peers 6.79|
Average. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
AXP is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
AXP significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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