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  • Previous Rank90
  • Revenues ($M)35,999
  • Revenue Percent Change3.1%
  • Profits ($M)5,885
  • Profits Percent Change9.8%
  • Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)79,618

American Express has struggled lately. Sales were up a meager 4% last year, about half of the company’s goal. This year could likely be disappointing as well. In March, AmEx announced that it lost its long exclusive deal with retailer Costco, which accounted for 10% of AmEx’s cardholders, and about 20% of its loans. Ken Chenault is trying to replace the lost Costco users and expand the company beyond its traditionally affluent and corporate customer base. AmEx has been offering prepaid debt cards, which often appeal to people who don’t have access to a traditional bank account. AmEx is also striking up relationships with McDonald’s and Wal-mart in order to reach more everyday spending.

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Company Info

Kenneth I. Chenault
Commercial Banks
HQ Location
New York, NY
Years on List21

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)35,9993.1%
Profits ($M)5,8859.8%
Total Stockholder Equity20,673-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)79,618-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues16.3%
Profits as % of Assets3.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity28.5%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)5.56
EPS % Change (from 2013)13.9%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)29.3%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.6%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)3.7%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)19.7%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)8.1%