American Express Company (AXP) is a leading credit services business based in the US. Amex is listed on the NYSE and employs 64,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$65.8222 - $135.6134|
|50-day moving average||$121.0239|
|200-day moving average||$106.638|
|Wall St. target price||$129.32|
|Dividend yield||$1.72 (1.36%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$4.062|
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Valuing Amex stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Amex's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Amex's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, Amex shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
However, Amex's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the credit services industry or those of similar companies.
Amex's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 14.6932. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Amex's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider Amex's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$32.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||14.32%|
|Gross profit TTM||$27.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||1.78%|
|Return on equity TTM||15.1%|
|Market capitalisation||$101.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 6.3 million Amex shares held short by investors – that's known as Amex's "short interest". This figure is 15.3% down from 7.4 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Amex shares can be evaluated.
Amex's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Amex shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Amex shares traded daily (recently around 3.5 million). Amex's SIR currently stands at 1.79. In other words for every 100,000 Amex shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1790 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Amex's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However Amex's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Amex shares, or, against the total number of tradable Amex shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Amex's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Amex shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0096% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Amex shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Amex.
Find out more about how you can short Amex stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Amex.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 22.29
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Amex's overall score of 22.29 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Amex is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Amex's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Environmental score: 4.55/100
Amex's environmental score of 4.55 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amex is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 15.43/100
Amex's social score of 15.43 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amex is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 15.82/100
Amex's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Amex is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Amex scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Amex hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
|Total ESG score||22.29|
|Total ESG percentile||25.26|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||3|
Dividend payout ratio: 42.68% of net profits
Recently Amex has paid out, on average, around 42.68% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Amex shareholders could enjoy a 1.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Amex's case, that would currently equate to about $1.72 per share.
While Amex's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Amex may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Amex's most recent dividend payout was on 10 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Amex's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
Amex's shares were split on a 10000:8753 basis on 3 October 2005. So if you had owned 8753 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Amex shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Amex shares which in turn could have impacted Amex's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Amex's shares have ranged in value from as little as $65.8222 up to $135.6134. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Amex's is 1.355. This would suggest that Amex's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
To put Amex's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
Unlike the vast majority of other card issuers, however, Amex doubles as a payments network – directly competing with Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Although it's generally considered to be a less widely accepted payment method outside of the US, it's pushing hard to grow its popularity worldwide. Where previously using your Amex at smaller UK merchants in rural locations was something of a long shot, the brand's "Shop small" campaign has sought to change this perception in recent years.
The company's origins go back to 1850's New York (where it remains headquartered today). It was founded by Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, who would later go on to form Wells Fargo.
Today, it's split into three main sections: Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant and Network Services. The company's products and services include merchant acquisition and processing, servicing and settlement, point-of-sale marketing, and information products and services for merchants; and fraud prevention services, as well as the design and operation of customer loyalty programs.
It sells its products and services to consumers, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through mobile and online applications, third-party vendors and business partners, direct mail, telephone, in-house sales teams, and direct response advertising.
American Express is also know for its Airport lounges (notably the Centurion lounges) and for striking deals to offer its cardholders access to third party-operated lounges though lounge networks including Delta Sky Club, Escape Lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges and Priority Pass. In 2019 Amex acquired LoungeBuddy, a pay-as-you go lounge access scheme.
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