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American Express


One of the most storied brands in the financial services industry, American Express has fallen on hard times of late. In 2015, the company announced that it would be ending its 16-year exclusive relationship with mega-retailer Costco, a big hit considering 1 in 10 Amex cards were issued by the wholesaler. The firm has also had to reduce its prices to small merchants and beef up the rewards it offers its customers to hold its own in a highly competitive credit card landscape. Nonetheless, American Express was able to beat revenue estimates in the first quarter of 2016, in part on the strength of its loyal corporate business.


Kenneth I. Chenault




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New York, NY

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Key Financials (last fiscal year)
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Revenues ($M)$34,441-4.3%
Profits ($M)$5,163-12.3%
Assets ($M)$161,184
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$20,673
Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$58,842
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues15.0%
Profits as % of Assets3.2%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity25.0%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)5.05
EPS % Change (from 2014)-9.2%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)8.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)5.5%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2015)-24.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)11.6%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)4.6%
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News about American Express

American Express Shares Jump After It Lifts 2016 Profit Forecast

Results were driven by faster-than-expected progress on cost cutting initiatives.

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Amex Platinum Card Now Pays 5 Points Per Dollar

Get 5 points per dollar on airfare purchases.

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Costco Shares Pop After It Beats Estimates on Lower Visa Card Fees

The lower payments helped offset falling prices of grocery and fresh food in the quarter.

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Videos about American Express

I Hired This Famous Ex-Con Man to Help Me Think Like A Criminal

After he convinced me to quit my position at American Express

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Amex went too far

A judge has ruled that the credit card's ban on member stores running promotions for other cards violated antitrust laws.

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American Express stock plunges with Costco deal set to end

With one of the largest retailers in the U.S. announcing its exclusive deal with American Express would end in March 2016, stock prices for the credit card company dropped steeply Thursday.

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AmEx CEO and Sheryl Sandberg on 'Lean In'

AmEx CEO Ken Chenault and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg say that informal relationships are key to developing a healthy business culture.

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Cash is still AmEx's biggest competitor

Use of American Express products has consistently grown, as they work to offset the need for consumers to carry cash.

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