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American Express

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There’s a new regime at American Express, after its legendary CEO Ken Chenault, who’d held the top job for 16 years, retired in early 2018. Now under Stephen Squeri, a 32-year employee, the company is thriving amid an expanding economy. American Express is seeing greater spending on its credit cards and faster growth on interest-earning loans, while also maintaining one of the lowest payment default rates in the industry. Although the accounting charge triggered by the new tax law took its 2017 profits down by nearly half, the company expects its business will ultimately benefit from reform–starting with lower tax rates this year.

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Stephen J. Squeri

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Diversified Financials

HQ Location

New York City

Years on Fortune 500 List

24

Employees

55,000

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$35,5835.2%
Profits ($M)$2,736.0-49.4%
Assets ($M)$181,159
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$18,227
Market Value — as of March 29, 2018 ($M)$80,234
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues7.7%
Profits as % of Assets1.5%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity15.0%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)2.97
EPS % Change (from 2016)-47.4%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)-5.3%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-1.2%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2017)36.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)13.2%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)8.5%
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