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American Express

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One of the most storied brands in the financial services industry, American Express fell on hard times of late. In 2015, the company announced that it would end 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 also reduced its prices to small merchants and beefed up the rewards it offers its customers to hold its own in a highly competitive credit card landscape. Nonetheless, American Express has been able to rebound. Its adjusted revenues (excluding Costco and foreign exchange) were up 5% in 2016, grew worldwide spending on its cards by 8%, and added more than a million new merchant locations in the U.S. in a bid to compete more aggressively with Visa and MasterCard.

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CEO

Kenneth I. Chenault

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Sector

Financials

Industry

Diversified Financials

HQ Location

New York, NY

Years on Fortune 500 List

23

Employees

56,400

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Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$33,823-1.8%
Profits ($M)$5,408.04.7%
Assets ($M)$158,893
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$20,501
Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)$71,193
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues16.0%
Profits as % of Assets3.4%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity26.4%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)5.65
EPS % Change (from 2015)11.9%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)6.5%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)6.6%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2016)8.6%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)11.0%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)3.7%
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