AMERICAN EXPRESS CO's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 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 9.27% from the same quarter last year.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||8360.0||8612.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||1525.0||1432.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||23572.0||20740.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||154684.0||151497.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||57073.0||56916.0|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||33.1||30.97|
|Return on Assets||3.86||3.63|
|Return on Equity||27.38||27.58|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||1016.0||1059.0|
|Div / share||0.52||0.23|
|Book value / share||21.49||18.86|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||6559697.0||6421564.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 13.05 for the Consumer Finance industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.83. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.76 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.88 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.56. 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 14.17||Peers 13.05||AXP 8.30||Peers 8.26|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
AXP is trading at a valuation on par with 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 14.05||Peers 12.89||AXP NM||Peers 4.24|
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.
Neutral. 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's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|AXP 3.76||Peers 2.56||AXP 12.64||Peers 53.26|
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.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, AXP is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|AXP 2.34||Peers 2.28||AXP -0.41||Peers 9.55|
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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