American Express Co

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AXP : NYSE : Financial
$89.09 up 0.09 | 0.1%
Today's Range: 88.58 - 89.3787
Avg. Daily Volume: 3271400.0
09/20/17 - 11:10 AM ET

Financial Analysis

AMERICAN EXPRESS CO's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 2.23% from the same quarter last year.

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Income Statement Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)8829.08671.0
EBITDA ($mil)2495.02628.0
EBIT ($mil)2176.02353.0
Net Income ($mil)1340.02015.0

Balance Sheet Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)30442.033767.0
Total Assets ($mil)166997.0159642.0
Total Debt ($mil)55371.052992.0
Equity ($mil)21175.020712.0

Profitability Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Gross Profit Margin28.2630.31
EBITDA Margin28.2530.3
Operating Margin24.6527.14
Sales Turnover0.20.22
Return on Assets2.723.51
Return on Equity21.0826.67
Debt Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Current Ratio0.00.0
Interest Expense227.0196.0
Interest Coverage9.5912.01

Share Data Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)885.0925.0
Div / share0.320.58
Book value / share23.9322.39
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume3219331.03662068.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 14.70 for the Consumer Finance industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.88. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.60 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.10 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.22. The current price-to-sales ratio is above both the S&P 500 average and 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.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AXP 17.63 Peers 14.70   AXP 8.17 Peers 7.16

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.


Premium. 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 premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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AXP 13.57 Peers 14.09   AXP 10.02 Peers 5.57

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

AXP is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Premium. 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 premium to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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AXP 3.60 Peers 2.22   AXP -13.91 Peers 42.05

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.

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  Sales Growth
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AXP 2.26 Peers 1.88   AXP -2.22 Peers 6.07

Premium. 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 premium to 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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