American Express Company (AXP)Growth Analysis: Profit Driven by Strength

American Express Company (AXP) is owned by a number of high-value investors. Its largest direct holder is Stephen J. Squeri Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer with 195,296 shares. The second-largest direct holder is Ronald A. Williams Lead Independent Director, with 59,125 shares of the company’s stock. In third place with 54,092 shares of AXP is Michael John O’neill Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.

Now turning to institutional ownership of American Express Company (AXP), Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (Investment Management) is the top holder with 151.61 million shares. The next largest fund holder of this company’s stock is The Vanguard Group, Inc. with 48.71 million shares. In the third-place spot with 35.59 million shares is SSgA Funds Management, Inc..

This company’s stock price was $116.57 at the previous market close, with its latest volume reaching 3789600. Compare that to its average daily volume of 3.17M. Given the fact that this stock has 819.70M shares outstanding, its current market value is sitting at $95.55B. This publicly-traded stock’s 60-month Beta is 1.04. Its Price to Sales ratio is 2.16, its Price to Cash Flow ratio is 30.15, and its Price to Book ratio is 4.18.

AXP stock has achieved a 5-day range of $114.64 to $120.89, with a total performance of -2.69% during that period. Meanwhile, in the past month of trading, this stock has traded in the range of $114.64 to $122.43, generating a -2.16% change during the period. In the past three months, this stock’s price has changed by -0.88%, trading in the range of $111.06 to $122.43.

In the past 5 days, shares of AXP have made a new high 2 times. In the last month, it has made a new high 2 times, and in the past 3 months, it has made a new high 3 times.

Now let’s turn to this public company’s earnings. For the quarter ending 9/29/2019, the earnings per share (EPS) was reported at 2.08. This is a 0.05 difference compared to the consensus estimate of 2.03, amounting to an earnings surprise of 2.50%. In the previous quarter, which ended in 9/29/2019, the consensus estimate was 2.04, making for an earnings surprise of 1.50%. For the quarter ending 3/30/2019, EPS was reported at 2.01, generating a 1.50% earnings surprise.

The Net Income for the most recent full fiscal year, which ended in 12-2018, was $6.92 billion. This is compared to the prior year, where Net Income was $2.75 billion. Meanwhile, this company’s Operating Cash Flow was $8.93 billion for the year, compared to $13.54 billion in 2017. Capital Expenditures for the year were reportedly -$1.31 billion, compared to -$1.06 billion, and Free Cash flow was $7.62 billion compared to the prior year’s $12.48 billion.

American Express Company (AXP) stock currently has a Financial Strength score of 3/10. This is due to a combination of factors, including a Cash to Debt ratio of 0.4, an Equity to Asset ratio of 0.12, a Debt to Equity ratio of 2.66 and a Debt to EBITDA of 2.03. The Beneish M-Score is -2.46.

This publicly-traded company’s Profitability and Growth score is 4/10, thanks to a combination of things: a Net Margin of 23.38, a ROE of 30.98.

Shifting focus now to Valuation and Return for AXP, this company’s Price to Tangible Book is 4.16 and its Price to Median PS Value is 1.27. Price to Peter Lynch Fair Value for AXP is now 0.00, and this organization’s Price to Graham Number is 1.61.

Certain ratios provide helpful insights into how a stock is performing. The Quick Ratio for AXP is sitting at 0.00, while its Current Ratio is 0.00. This stock’s PB Ratio is 4.16, its PS Ratio is 3.24, its Forward PE Ratio is 13.18, and its PE Ratio without NRI is 14.1. Similarly, its Shiller PE Ratio is 21.78, its Price to Owner Earnings is 22.56, its Price to Free Cash Flow is 13 and its Price to Operating Cash Flow is 10.67.