American Express Co

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AXP : NYSE : Financial
$77.12 -0.08 | -0.1%
Today's Range: 76.93 - 77.46
Avg. Daily Volume: 3913100.0
05/24/17 - 3:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AMERICAN EXPRESS CO's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 1.00% from the same quarter last year.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)8332.08513.0
EBITDA ($mil)2306.02597.0
EBIT ($mil)2010.02336.0
Net Income ($mil)1237.01426.0

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)29366.025045.0
Total Assets ($mil)161385.0158816.0
Total Debt ($mil)55247.049907.0
Equity ($mil)20935.020727.0

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin27.6830.51
EBITDA Margin27.6730.5
Operating Margin24.1227.44
Sales Turnover0.210.22
Return on Assets3.233.18
Return on Equity24.5424.03
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.00.0
Interest Expense193.0195.0
Interest Coverage10.4111.98

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)895.0951.0
Div / share0.320.29
Book value / share23.3921.8
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume3881099.04124972.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 13.14 for the Consumer Finance industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.02. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.27 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 3.00 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.05. The current price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is 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.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AXP 13.84 Peers 13.14   AXP 9.80 Peers 6.71

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.


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 significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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AXP 12.12 Peers 13.47   AXP 13.06 Peers 6.96

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 3.27 Peers 2.05   AXP 10.40 Peers -38.57

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.

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  Sales Growth
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AXP 2.03 Peers 1.77   AXP -2.76 Peers 5.34

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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