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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 30, 2017

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

New York

 

1-7657

 

13-4922250

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

200 Vesey Street

 

 

New York, New York

 

10285

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 640-2000

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

o            Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

o            Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

o            Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

o            Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

 

 

 



 

Item 8.01                                           Other Events

 

On October 30, 2017, American Express Company (the “Company”) issued $1,500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 2.200% Notes due October 30, 2020 (the “2020 Fixed Rate Notes”), $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Floating Rate Notes due October 30, 2020 (the “Floating Rate Notes”) and $1,650,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.000% Notes due October 30, 2024 (the “2024 Fixed Rate Notes” and, together with the 2020 Fixed Rate Notes and the Floating Rate Notes, the “Securities”) pursuant to a Prospectus Supplement dated October 23, 2017 to the Prospectus dated October 2, 2015, filed as part of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-207239). The Securities were issued pursuant to the Senior Debt Indenture, dated as of August 1, 2007, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee.

 

The preceding is a summary of the terms of the Securities and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Forms of Global Notes attached as Exhibit 4.1, Exhibit 4.2 and Exhibit 4.3, and each is incorporated herein by reference as though it were fully set forth herein.

 

Item 9.01                                           Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)                                 Exhibits

 

4.1                               Form of Global Note for the 2020 Fixed Rate Notes.

 

4.2                               Form of Global Note for the Floating Rate Notes.

 

4.3                               Form of Global Note for the 2024 Fixed Rate Notes.

 

5                                         Opinion and Consent of David S. Carroll, Esq.

 

23                                  Consent of Counsel (included in Exhibit 5).

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY
(REGISTRANT)

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Tangela S. Richter

 

 

Name: Tangela S. Richter

 

 

Title: Corporate Secretary

 

 

Date:  October 30, 2017

 

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Section 2: EX-4.1 (EX-4.1)

Exhibit 4.1

 

Permanent Global Registered Fixed Rate Note

 

THIS NOTE IS A GLOBAL NOTE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE INDENTURE HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AND IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF A DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF.  UNLESS AND UNTIL IT IS EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR NOTES IN CERTIFICATED FORM, THIS NOTE MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED EXCEPT AS A WHOLE BY THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), TO A NOMINEE FOR DTC OR BY DTC OR ANY SUCH NOMINEE TO A SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE OF SUCH SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY.  UNLESS THIS NOTE IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC TO AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE OR PAYMENT, AND ANY NOTE ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO., HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

2.200% Notes due October 30, 2020

 

$

 

No.

 

CUSIP: 025816BP3

CC: 171118492

 

ISIN: US025816BP35

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY, a New York corporation (hereinafter called the “Company,” which term includes any successor corporation under the Indenture hereinafter referred to), for value received, hereby promises to pay to CEDE & CO., or registered assigns, the principal sum of $                   on October 30, 2020, and to pay interest (computed on the basis of a 360-day year and of twelve 30-day months) thereon from October 30, 2017, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, on April 30 and October 30 in each year, commencing April 30, 2018 and at maturity, at the rate per annum specified in the title of this Note, until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment. The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date will, as provided in said Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on April 15 or October 15, as the case may be, next preceding such Interest Payment Date. In any case where such Interest Payment Date shall not be a Business Day, then (notwithstanding any other provision of said Indenture or the Notes) payment of such interest need not be made on such date, but may be made on the next succeeding Business Day with the same force and effect as if

 



 

made on such date, and, if such payment is so made, no interest shall accrue for the period from and after such date. Any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for shall forthwith cease to be payable to the registered Holder on April 15 or October 15, as the case may be, and may be paid to the Person in whose name this Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on a Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee for the Notes, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Notes not less than 10 days prior to such record date, or may be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange on which the Notes may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by such exchange, all as more fully provided in said Indenture. Payment of the principal of and interest on this Note will be made by U.S. dollar check drawn on a bank in The City of New York and mailed to the Person in whose name this Note is registered at such Person’s address as provided in Securities Register. For Holders of at least $1,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of this Note, payment will be made by wire transfer to a U.S. dollar account maintained by the payee with a bank in The City of New York or in Europe, provided that the Trustee receives a written request from such Holder to such effect designating such account no later than the April 15 or October 15, as the case may be, immediately preceding such interest payment date.

 

Additional provisions of this Note are contained on the reverse hereof and such provisions shall have the same effect as though fully set forth in this place.

 

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by or on behalf of the Trustee for the Notes by manual signature, this Note shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture, or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY has caused this instrument to be duly executed under its corporate seal.

 

Dated:           October 30, 2017

 

 

TRUSTEE’S CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

This is one of the Securities described in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

 

David L. Yowan
Executive Vice President and Corporate Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON

 

Attest:

As Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Authorized Signatory

 

Tangela S. Richter

 

 

Corporate Secretary

 



 

REVERSE OF GLOBAL NOTE

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

2.200% Notes due October 30, 2020

 

$

 

No.

 

This Note is one of a duly authorized issue of debentures, notes or other evidences of indebtedness (hereinafter called the “Securities”) of the Company of the series hereinafter specified, which series is initially limited in aggregate principal amount to $1,500,000,000, all such Securities issued and to be issued under an indenture dated as of August 1, 2007, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee (the “Indenture”), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the rights and limitation of rights thereunder of the Holders of the Securities and of the rights, obligations, duties and immunities of the Trustee for each series of Securities and of the Company, and the terms upon which the Securities are and are to be authenticated and delivered. As provided in the Indenture, the Securities may be issued in one or more series, which different series may be issued in various aggregate principal amounts, may be denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars (including composite currencies), may mature at different times, may bear interest, if any, at different rates, may be subject to different redemption provisions, if any, may be subject to different sinking, purchase or analogous funds, if any, may be subject to different covenants and Events of Default and may otherwise vary as in the Indenture provided or permitted. This Note is one of a series of the Securities designated 2.200% Notes due October 30, 2020 (the “Notes”).  Additional notes on the same terms and conditions and with the same CUSIP number as those of the Notes may be issued by the Company without the consent of the Holders of the Notes.  Such further notes shall be consolidated and form a single series with the Notes.

 

The Notes may be redeemed prior to Stated Maturity if certain events occur involving United States taxation: If as a result of (a) any change in (including any announced prospective change), or amendment to, the laws (including any regulations or rulings promulgated thereunder) of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein), or any change in (including any announced prospective change), or amendment to, any official position regarding the application or interpretation of such laws, which change or amendment is announced or becomes effective on or after October 23, 2017, or (b) a taxing authority of the United States taking any action, or such action becoming generally known, on or after October 23, 2017, whether or not such action is taken with respect to the Company or any of its affiliates, there is in either case a material increase in the probability that the Company will or may be required to pay additional amounts as provided for below, then the Company may in either case, at its option, redeem, in whole or in part, the Notes, at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the notes being redeemed, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the date fixed for redemption (the “Redemption Date”); provided that the Company determines, in its business judgment, that the obligation to pay such additional amounts cannot

 

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be avoided by the use of reasonable measures available to it, not including substitution of the obligor under the Notes.  Prior to the publication of any notice of redemption, the Company will deliver to the Trustee an officer’s certificate stating that the Company is entitled to effect a redemption and setting forth a statement of facts showing that the conditions precedent to the Company’s right to redeem have occurred and an opinion of counsel to that effect based on that statement of facts.

 

The Company may, at its option, redeem the Notes in whole or in part on or after the date that is thirty one (31) days prior to the Stated Maturity of the Notes at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the Redemption Date.

 

Notice of redemption shall be mailed to the registered Holders of the Notes designated for redemption at their addresses as the same shall appear on the Securities Register, not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days prior to the Redemption Date, subject to all the conditions and provisions of the Indenture.

 

In the event of redemption of this Note in part only, a new Note or Notes for the amount of the unredeemed portion hereof shall be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the cancellation hereof.

 

The Company shall, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest on the Note, such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Company or a paying agent of the principal of and interest on the Note to a Holder who is a Non-United States Holder (as defined below), after deduction for any present or future tax, assessment or governmental charge of the United States or a political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein, imposed by withholding with respect to the payment, will not be less than the amount that would have been payable had no such withholding or deduction been required.

 

The Company’s obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply (1) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the beneficial owner or the Holder, or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of, or possessor of a power over, the Holder if the Holder is an estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, corporation or other entity, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary Holder, being considered as (a) being or having been present or engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States, (b) having a current or former relationship with the United States, including a relationship as a citizen or resident thereof, (c) being or having been a foreign or domestic personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation with respect to the United States, a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid United States federal income tax or a private foundation or other tax-exempt organization or (d) being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Company as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), or any successor provision or being or having been a bank whose receipt of interest on a note is described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision; (2) to any beneficial owner that is not the sole beneficial owner of the Note, or a portion thereof, or that is a

 

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fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment; (3) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge (including backup withholding) that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the Holder or any other person to comply with certification, information, documentation, reporting or other similar requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the Holder or beneficial owner of such note, if compliance is required by statute or by regulation of the United States Treasury Department, without regard to any tax treaty, or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to partial or complete relief or exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge (including, but not limited to, the failure to provide United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI or any subsequent versions thereof), or any other certification, information, documentation, reporting or other similar requirement under United States income tax laws or regulations that would establish entitlement to otherwise applicable relief or exemption from any tax, assessment or governmental charge; (4) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by the Company or a paying agent from the payment; (5) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that would not have been imposed or withheld but for a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 10 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; (6) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that is imposed or withheld by reason of the presentation of a note for payment more than 30 days after the date on which such payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; (7) to an estate, inheritance, gift, sales, excise, transfer, wealth or personal property tax or a similar tax, assessment or governmental charge; (8) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any note, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent; or (9) in the case of any combination of items (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (8).

 

The Notes are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable thereto. Except as specifically provided for herein, the Company shall not be required to make any payment with respect to any tax, assessment or governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein.

 

As used herein, the term “United States Holder” means a beneficial owner of a note that is (i) a citizen or resident of the United States, (ii) a corporation or an entity taxable as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, that was established under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia, or (iii) an estate or trust whose world-wide income is subject to United States federal income tax.  If a partnership holds a note, the tax treatment of partners will generally depend upon the status of the partner and the activities of the partnership.  As used here, the term “Non-United States Holder” means a beneficial owner of the Note that is not a United States Holder and is not a partnership.

 

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The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance and discharge of the entire principal of all the Notes of any series upon compliance by the Company with certain conditions set forth therein.

 

If an Event of Default with respect to the Notes, as defined in the Indenture, shall occur and be continuing, the principal of all the Notes may be declared due and payable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Indenture.

 

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Company and the rights of the Holders of the Notes under the Indenture at any time by the Company with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Notes at the time Outstanding of each series affected thereby.  The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Holders to waive compliance by the Company with certain provisions of the Indenture and certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences with respect to a series, provided that the Holders of at least a majority in principal amount of the Notes at the time Outstanding of any series affected by a waiver consent to such waiver. Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Note shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Note and of any Note issued upon the transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Note.

 

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Note or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Company, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and interest on this Note at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

 

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain exceptions therein set forth, this Note is transferable on the Securities Register of the Company, upon surrender of this Note for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Company to be maintained for that purpose in the City of New York, New York, or, at the option of the Holder, at the office or agency of the Company to be maintained for that purpose in the City of New York, New York, or at any other office or agency of the Company maintained for that purpose, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company and the Securities Registrar duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing, and thereupon one or more new Notes, of authorized denominations and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.

 

The Notes are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of $2,000.00 and integral multiples of $1,000.00 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, Notes are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Notes of a like tenor and of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same.

 

No service charge shall be made for any such transfer or exchange, but the Company may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection with the registration of such transfer or exchange, other than certain exchanges not involving any transfer.

 

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Certain terms used in this Note that are defined in the Indenture have the meanings set forth therein.

 

This Note shall for all purposes be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

The Company, the Trustee for the Notes and any agent of the Company or such Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Note is registered as the owner hereof for the purpose of receiving payment as herein provided and for all other purposes, whether or not this Note be overdue, and neither the Company, such Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

 

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Section 3: EX-4.2 (EX-4.2)

Exhibit 4.2

 

Permanent Global Registered Floating Rate Note

 

THIS NOTE IS A GLOBAL NOTE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE INDENTURE HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AND IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF A DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF.  UNLESS AND UNTIL IT IS EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR NOTES IN CERTIFICATED FORM, THIS NOTE MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED EXCEPT AS A WHOLE BY THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), TO A NOMINEE FOR DTC OR BY DTC OR ANY SUCH NOMINEE TO A SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE OF SUCH SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY.  UNLESS THIS NOTE IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC TO AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE OR PAYMENT, AND ANY NOTE ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO., HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

Floating Rate Notes due October 30, 2020

 

$

 

No.

CUSIP: 025816BQ1

CC: 171118395

ISIN: US025816BQ18

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY, a New York corporation (hereinafter called the “Company,” which term includes any successor corporation under the Indenture hereinafter referred to), for value received, hereby promises to pay to CEDE & CO., or registered assigns, the principal sum of $                    on October 30, 2020, and to pay interest (computed on the basis of the actual number of days elapsed over a 360-day year) thereon from October 30, 2017, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, quarterly, on January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30 in each year, subject to the Business Day Convention (as defined below), commencing October 30, 2017 and at maturity, at the rate of three-month LIBOR (as defined below) plus 0.330% per annum, until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment. The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date will, as provided in said Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on January 15, April 15, July 15 or October 15, as the case may be, next preceding such Interest Payment Date. Any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for shall forthwith cease to be payable to the registered Holder on January 15, April 15, July 15

 



 

or October 15, as the case may be, and may be paid to the Person in whose name this Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on a Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee for the Notes, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Notes not less than 10 days prior to such record date, or may be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange on which the Notes may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by such exchange, all as more fully provided in said Indenture. Payment of the principal of and interest on this Note will be made by U.S. dollar check drawn on a bank in The City of New York and mailed to the Person in whose name this Note is registered at such Person’s address as provided in Securities Register. For Holders of at least $1,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of this Note, payment will be made by wire transfer to a U.S. dollar account maintained by the payee with a bank in The City of New York or in Europe, provided that the Trustee receives a written request from such Holder to such effect designating such account no later than the January 15, April 15, July 15 or October 15, as the case may be, immediately preceding such Interest Payment Date.

 

“Business Day” means any day which is not a Saturday or Sunday or any other day on which banks in New York City are authorized or obligated by law or regulation to close.

 

“Business Day Convention” means if any Interest Payment Date (other than the Stated Maturity of the Notes) is not a Business Day, then such Interest Payment Date will be postponed to the next succeeding Business Day unless that Business Day is in the next succeeding calendar month, in which case the Interest Payment Date will be the immediately preceding Business Day. If any such Interest Payment Date (other than the Stated Maturity of the Notes) is postponed or brought forward as described above, the interest amount will be adjusted accordingly and the Holders of the Notes will be entitled to more or less interest, respectively. If the Stated Maturity in respect of the Notes is not a Business Day, the payment of principal and interest at the Stated Maturity will not be made until the next following Business Day and no further interest will be paid in respect of the delay in such payment.

 

“Calculation Agent” means The Bank of New York Mellon, or its successor appointed by the Issuer, acting as calculation agent.

 

“three-month LIBOR” means for any Interest Reset Period, the London interbank offered rate per annum determined by the Calculation Agent on the related Interest Determination Date, in accordance with the following provisions:

 

(i) three-month LIBOR will be the rate for deposits in U.S. dollars having a maturity of three months which appears on the Reuters LIBOR01 Page (or such other page as may replace page LIBOR01 on that service for the purpose of displaying London interbank offered rates) as of 11:00 a.m., London time, on the related Interest Determination Date.

 

(ii) If, on any such Interest Determination Date, the rate for deposits in U.S. dollars having a maturity of three months does not appear on the Reuters LIBOR01 Page (or such other page as may replace page LIBOR01 on that service for the purpose of displaying London interbank offered rates) as specified in (i) above, three-month LIBOR will be determined on the basis of the rates at which deposits in U.S. dollars having a maturity of three months and in a principal amount equal to an amount that is representative for a single transaction in such market

 

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at such time are offered by four major banks in the London interbank market selected by the Company at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, on such Interest Determination Date to prime banks in the London interbank market. The Company will request the principal London office of each of such banks to provide a quotation of its rate. If at least two such quotations are provided, the rate in respect of such Interest Determination Date will be the arithmetic mean of the quotations. If fewer than two quotations are provided, three-month LIBOR in respect of such Interest Determination Date will be the arithmetic mean of the rates quoted by three major banks in New York City, selected by the Company, at approximately 11:00 a.m., New York time, on such Interest Determination Date for loans in U.S. dollars to leading European banks, having a maturity of three months and in a principal amount equal to an amount that is representative for a single transaction in such market at such time. If fewer than three major banks in New York City so selected are quoting such rates as mentioned in the preceding sentence, LIBOR with respect to such Interest Determination Date will be the same as LIBOR in effect for the immediately preceding Interest Reset Period (or, if there was no preceding interest reset period, the rate of interest will be the initial interest rate).

 

“Interest Determination Date” means with respect to an Interest Reset Date, the second London Business Day preceding such Interest Reset Date.

 

“Interest Reset Date” means for each Interest Reset Period, other than the first Interest Reset Period, the first day of such Interest Reset Period.

 

“Interest Reset Period” means each period from and including an Interest Payment Date (or, in the case of the first such period, the issue date of the floating rate notes) to but excluding the next succeeding Interest Payment Date.

 

“London Business Day” means any day on which dealings in deposits in U.S. dollars are transacted in the London interbank market.

 

“Reuters LIBOR01 Page” means the display designated as page LIBOR01 on the Reuters 3000 Xtra (or such other page as may replace the Reuters LIBOR01 Page on that service, or such other service as may be nominated as the information vendor, for the purpose of displaying rates or prices comparable to the London Interbank Offered Rate for U.S. dollar deposits).

 

Additional provisions of this Note are contained on the reverse hereof and such provisions shall have the same effect as though fully set forth in this place.

 

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by or on behalf of the Trustee for the Notes by manual signature, this Note shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture, or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY has caused this instrument to be duly executed under its corporate seal.

 

Dated:           October 30, 2017

 

 

TRUSTEE’S CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

This is one of the Securities described in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

 

David L. Yowan

Executive Vice President and Corporate Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON

 

Attest:

As Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Authorized Signatory

 

Tangela S. Richter

 

 

Corporate Secretary

 



 

REVERSE OF GLOBAL NOTE

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

Floating Rate Notes due October 30, 2020

 

$

 

No.

 

This Note is one of a duly authorized issue of debentures, notes or other evidences of indebtedness (hereinafter called the “Securities”) of the Company of the series hereinafter specified, which series is initially limited in aggregate principal amount to $500,000,000 all such Securities issued and to be issued under an indenture dated as of August 1, 2007, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee (the “Indenture”), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the rights and limitation of rights thereunder of the Holders of the Securities and of the rights, obligations, duties and immunities of the Trustee for each series of Securities and of the Company, and the terms upon which the Securities are and are to be authenticated and delivered. As provided in the Indenture, the Securities may be issued in one or more series, which different series may be issued in various aggregate principal amounts, may be denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars (including composite currencies), may mature at different times, may bear interest, if any, at different rates, may be subject to different redemption provisions, if any, may be subject to different sinking, purchase or analogous funds, if any, may be subject to different covenants and Events of Default and may otherwise vary as in the Indenture provided or permitted.

 

The Notes may be redeemed prior to Stated Maturity if certain events occur involving United States taxation: If as a result of (a) any change in (including any announced prospective change), or amendment to, the laws (including any regulations or rulings promulgated thereunder) of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein), or any change in (including any announced prospective change), or amendment to, any official position regarding the application or interpretation of such laws, which change or amendment is announced or becomes effective on or after October 23, 2017, or (b) a taxing authority of the United States taking any action, or such action becoming generally known, on or after October 23, 2017, whether or not such action is taken with respect to the Company or any of its affiliates, there is in either case a material increase in the probability that the Company will or may be required to pay additional amounts as provided for below, then the Company may in either case, at its option, redeem, in whole or in part, the Notes, at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the notes being redeemed, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the date fixed for redemption (the “Redemption Date”); provided that the Company determines, in its business judgment, that the obligation to pay such additional amounts cannot be avoided by the use of reasonable measures available to it, not including substitution of the obligor under the Notes.  Prior to the publication of any notice of redemption, the Company will deliver to the Trustee an officer’s certificate stating that the Company is entitled to effect a redemption and setting forth a statement of facts showing that the conditions precedent to the Company’s right to redeem have occurred and an opinion of counsel to that effect based on that statement of facts.

 

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The Company may, at its option, redeem the Notes in whole or in part on or after the date that is thirty one (31) days prior to the Stated Maturity of the Notes at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the Redemption Date.

 

Notice of redemption shall be mailed to the registered Holders of the Notes designated for redemption at their addresses as the same shall appear on the Securities Register, not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days prior to the Redemption Date, subject to all the conditions and provisions of the Indenture.

 

In the event of redemption of this Note in part only, a new Note or Notes for the amount of the unredeemed portion hereof shall be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the cancellation hereof.

 

The Company shall, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest on the Note, such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Company or a paying agent of the principal of and interest on the Note to a Holder who is a Non-United States Holder (as defined below), after deduction for any present or future tax, assessment or governmental charge of the United States or a political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein, imposed by withholding with respect to the payment, will not be less than the amount that would have been payable had no such withholding or deduction been required.

 

The Company’s obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply (1) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the beneficial owner or the Holder, or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of, or possessor of a power over, the Holder if the Holder is an estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, corporation or other entity, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary Holder, being considered as (a) being or having been present or engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States, (b) having a current or former relationship with the United States, including a relationship as a citizen or resident thereof, (c) being or having been a foreign or domestic personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation with respect to the United States, a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid United States federal income tax or a private foundation or other tax-exempt organization or (d) being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Company as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), or any successor provision or being or having been a bank whose receipt of interest on a note is described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision; (2) to any beneficial owner that is not the sole beneficial owner of the Note, or a portion thereof, or that is a fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment; (3) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge (including backup withholding) that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the Holder or any other person to comply with

 

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certification, information, documentation, reporting or other similar requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the Holder or beneficial owner of such note, if compliance is required by statute or by regulation of the United States Treasury Department, without regard to any tax treaty, or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to partial or complete relief or exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge (including, but not limited to, the failure to provide United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI or any subsequent versions thereof), or any other certification, information, documentation, reporting or other similar requirement under United States income tax laws or regulations that would establish entitlement to otherwise applicable relief or exemption from any tax, assessment or governmental charge; (4) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by the Company or a paying agent from the payment; (5) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that would not have been imposed or withheld but for a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 10 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; (6) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that is imposed or withheld by reason of the presentation of a note for payment more than 30 days after the date on which such payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; (7) to an estate, inheritance, gift, sales, excise, transfer, wealth or personal property tax or a similar tax, assessment or governmental charge; (8) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any note, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent; or (9) in the case of any combination of items (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (8).

 

The Notes are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable thereto. Except as specifically provided for herein, the Company shall not be required to make any payment with respect to any tax, assessment or governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein.

 

As used herein, the term “United States Holder” means a beneficial owner of a note that is (i) a citizen or resident of the United States, (ii) a corporation or an entity taxable as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, that was established under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia, or (iii) an estate or trust whose world-wide income is subject to United States federal income tax.  If a partnership holds a note, the tax treatment of partners will generally depend upon the status of the partner and the activities of the partnership.  As used here, the term “Non-United States Holder” means a beneficial owner of the Note that is not a United States Holder and is not a partnership.

 

The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance and discharge of the entire principal of all the Notes of any series upon compliance by the Company with certain conditions set forth therein.

 

If an Event of Default with respect to the Notes, as defined in the Indenture, shall occur and be continuing, the principal of all the Notes may be declared due and payable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Indenture.

 

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The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Company and the rights of the Holders of the Notes under the Indenture at any time by the Company with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Notes at the time Outstanding of each series affected thereby.  The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Holders to waive compliance by the Company with certain provisions of the Indenture and certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences with respect to a series, provided that the Holders of at least a majority in principal amount of the Notes at the time Outstanding of any series affected by a waiver consent to such waiver. Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Note shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Note and of any Note issued upon the transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Note.

 

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Note or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Company, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and interest on this Note at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

 

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain exceptions therein set forth, this Note is transferable on the Securities Register of the Company, upon surrender of this Note for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Company to be maintained for that purpose in the City of New York, New York, or, at the option of the Holder, at the office or agency of the Company to be maintained for that purpose in the City of New York, New York, or at any other office or agency of the Company maintained for that purpose, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company and the Securities Registrar duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing, and thereupon one or more new Notes, of authorized denominations and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.

 

The Notes are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of $2,000.00 and integral multiples of $1,000.00 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, Notes are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Notes of a like tenor and of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same.

 

No service charge shall be made for any such transfer or exchange, but the Company may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection with the registration of such transfer or exchange, other than certain exchanges not involving any transfer.

 

Certain terms used in this Note that are defined in the Indenture have the meanings set forth therein.

 

This Note shall for all purposes be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

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The Company, the Trustee for the Notes and any agent of the Company or such Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Note is registered as the owner hereof for the purpose of receiving payment as herein provided and for all other purposes, whether or not this Note be overdue, and neither the Company, such Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

 

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Section 4: EX-4.3 (EX-4.3)

Exhibit 4.3

 

Permanent Global Registered Fixed Rate Note

 

THIS NOTE IS A GLOBAL NOTE WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE INDENTURE HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AND IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF A DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE THEREOF.  UNLESS AND UNTIL IT IS EXCHANGED IN WHOLE OR IN PART FOR NOTES IN CERTIFICATED FORM, THIS NOTE MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED EXCEPT AS A WHOLE BY THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), TO A NOMINEE FOR DTC OR BY DTC OR ANY SUCH NOMINEE TO A SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY OR A NOMINEE OF SUCH SUCCESSOR DEPOSITARY.  UNLESS THIS NOTE IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC TO AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE OR PAYMENT, AND ANY NOTE ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO., HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

3.000% Notes due October 30, 2024

 

$

 

No.

CUSIP: 025816BR9

CC: 171089743

ISIN: US025816BR90

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY, a New York corporation (hereinafter called the “Company,” which term includes any successor corporation under the Indenture hereinafter referred to), for value received, hereby promises to pay to CEDE & CO., or registered assigns, the principal sum of $                    on October 30, 2024, and to pay interest (computed on the basis of a 360-day year and of twelve 30-day months) thereon from October 30, 2017, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, on April 30 and October 30 in each year, commencing April 30, 2018 and at maturity, at the rate per annum specified in the title of this Note, until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment. The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date will, as provided in said Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on April 15 or October 15, as the case may be, next preceding such Interest Payment Date. In any case where such Interest Payment Date shall not be a Business Day, then (notwithstanding any other provision of said Indenture or the Notes) payment of such interest need not be made on such date, but may be made on the next succeeding Business Day with the same force and effect as if

 



 

made on such date, and, if such payment is so made, no interest shall accrue for the period from and after such date. Any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for shall forthwith cease to be payable to the registered Holder on April 15 or October 15, as the case may be, and may be paid to the Person in whose name this Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on a Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee for the Notes, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Notes not less than 10 days prior to such record date, or may be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange on which the Notes may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by such exchange, all as more fully provided in said Indenture. Payment of the principal of and interest on this Note will be made by U.S. dollar check drawn on a bank in The City of New York and mailed to the Person in whose name this Note is registered at such Person’s address as provided in Securities Register. For Holders of at least $1,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of this Note, payment will be made by wire transfer to a U.S. dollar account maintained by the payee with a bank in The City of New York or in Europe, provided that the Trustee receives a written request from such Holder to such effect designating such account no later than the April 15 or October 15, as the case may be, immediately preceding such interest payment date.

 

Additional provisions of this Note are contained on the reverse hereof and such provisions shall have the same effect as though fully set forth in this place.

 

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by or on behalf of the Trustee for the Notes by manual signature, this Note shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture, or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY has caused this instrument to be duly executed under its corporate seal.

 

Dated:           October 30, 2017

 

 

TRUSTEE’S CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

This is one of the Securities described in the within-mentioned Indenture.

 

 

David L. Yowan

Executive Vice President and Corporate Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON

 

Attest:

As Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Authorized Signatory

 

Tangela S. Richter

 

 

Corporate Secretary

 



 

REVERSE OF GLOBAL NOTE

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

 

3.000% Notes due October 30, 2024

 

$

 

No.

 

This Note is one of a duly authorized issue of debentures, notes or other evidences of indebtedness (hereinafter called the “Securities”) of the Company of the series hereinafter specified, which series is initially limited in aggregate principal amount to $1,650,000,000, all such Securities issued and to be issued under an indenture dated as of August 1, 2007, between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee (the “Indenture”), to which Indenture and all indentures supplemental thereto reference is hereby made for a statement of the rights and limitation of rights thereunder of the Holders of the Securities and of the rights, obligations, duties and immunities of the Trustee for each series of Securities and of the Company, and the terms upon which the Securities are and are to be authenticated and delivered. As provided in the Indenture, the Securities may be issued in one or more series, which different series may be issued in various aggregate principal amounts, may be denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars (including composite currencies), may mature at different times, may bear interest, if any, at different rates, may be subject to different redemption provisions, if any, may be subject to different sinking, purchase or analogous funds, if any, may be subject to different covenants and Events of Default and may otherwise vary as in the Indenture provided or permitted. This Note is one of a series of the Securities designated 3.000% Notes due October 30, 2024 (the “Notes”).  Additional notes on the same terms and conditions and with the same CUSIP number as those of the Notes may be issued by the Company without the consent of the Holders of the Notes.  Such further notes shall be consolidated and form a single series with the Notes.

 

The Notes may be redeemed prior to Stated Maturity if certain events occur involving United States taxation: If as a result of (a) any change in (including any announced prospective change), or amendment to, the laws (including any regulations or rulings promulgated thereunder) of the United States (or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein), or any change in (including any announced prospective change), or amendment to, any official position regarding the application or interpretation of such laws, which change or amendment is announced or becomes effective on or after October 23, 2017, or (b) a taxing authority of the United States taking any action, or such action becoming generally known, on or after October 23, 2017, whether or not such action is taken with respect to the Company or any of its affiliates, there is in either case a material increase in the probability that the Company will or may be required to pay additional amounts as provided for below, then the Company may in either case, at its option, redeem, in whole or in part, the Notes, at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the notes being redeemed, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the date fixed for redemption (the “Redemption Date”); provided that the Company determines, in its business judgment, that the obligation to pay such additional amounts cannot

 

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be avoided by the use of reasonable measures available to it, not including substitution of the obligor under the Notes.  Prior to the publication of any notice of redemption, the Company will deliver to the Trustee an officer’s certificate stating that the Company is entitled to effect a redemption and setting forth a statement of facts showing that the conditions precedent to the Company’s right to redeem have occurred and an opinion of counsel to that effect based on that statement of facts.

 

The Company may, at its option, redeem the Notes in whole or in part on or after the date that is thirty one (31) days prior to the Stated Maturity of the Notes at a redemption price equal to the principal amount of the Notes being redeemed, together with any accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the Redemption Date.

 

Notice of redemption shall be mailed to the registered Holders of the Notes designated for redemption at their addresses as the same shall appear on the Securities Register, not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days prior to the Redemption Date, subject to all the conditions and provisions of the Indenture.

 

In the event of redemption of this Note in part only, a new Note or Notes for the amount of the unredeemed portion hereof shall be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the cancellation hereof.

 

The Company shall, subject to the exceptions and limitations set forth below, pay as additional interest on the Note, such additional amounts as are necessary in order that the net payment by the Company or a paying agent of the principal of and interest on the Note to a Holder who is a Non-United States Holder (as defined below), after deduction for any present or future tax, assessment or governmental charge of the United States or a political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein, imposed by withholding with respect to the payment, will not be less than the amount that would have been payable had no such withholding or deduction been required.

 

The Company’s obligation to pay additional amounts shall not apply (1) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that would not have been imposed but for the beneficial owner or the Holder, or a fiduciary, settlor, beneficiary, member or shareholder of, or possessor of a power over, the Holder if the Holder is an estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, corporation or other entity, or a person holding a power over an estate or trust administered by a fiduciary Holder, being considered as (a) being or having been present or engaged in a trade or business in the United States or having or having had a permanent establishment in the United States, (b) having a current or former relationship with the United States, including a relationship as a citizen or resident thereof, (c) being or having been a foreign or domestic personal holding company, a passive foreign investment company or a controlled foreign corporation with respect to the United States, a corporation that has accumulated earnings to avoid United States federal income tax or a private foundation or other tax-exempt organization or (d) being or having been a “10-percent shareholder” of the Company as defined in section 871(h)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), or any successor provision or being or having been a bank whose receipt of interest on a note is described in section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code or any successor provision; (2) to any beneficial owner that is not the sole beneficial owner of the Note, or a portion thereof, or that is a

 

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fiduciary, partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, but only to the extent that a beneficiary or settlor with respect to the fiduciary, or a beneficial owner or member of the partnership, limited liability company or other fiscally transparent entity, would not have been entitled to the payment of an additional amount had the beneficiary, settlor, beneficial owner or member received directly its beneficial or distributive share of the payment; (3) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge (including backup withholding) that would not have been imposed but for the failure of the Holder or any other person to comply with certification, information, documentation, reporting or other similar requirements concerning the nationality, residence, identity or connection with the United States of the Holder or beneficial owner of such note, if compliance is required by statute or by regulation of the United States Treasury Department, without regard to any tax treaty, or by an applicable income tax treaty to which the United States is a party as a precondition to partial or complete relief or exemption from such tax, assessment or other governmental charge (including, but not limited to, the failure to provide United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI or any subsequent versions thereof), or any other certification, information, documentation, reporting or other similar requirement under United States income tax laws or regulations that would establish entitlement to otherwise applicable relief or exemption from any tax, assessment or governmental charge; (4) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that is imposed otherwise than by withholding by the Company or a paying agent from the payment; (5) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that would not have been imposed or withheld but for a change in law, regulation, or administrative or judicial interpretation that becomes effective more than 10 days after the payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; (6) to a tax, assessment or governmental charge that is imposed or withheld by reason of the presentation of a note for payment more than 30 days after the date on which such payment becomes due or is duly provided for, whichever occurs later; (7) to an estate, inheritance, gift, sales, excise, transfer, wealth or personal property tax or a similar tax, assessment or governmental charge; (8) to any tax, assessment or other governmental charge required to be withheld by any paying agent from any payment of principal of or interest on any note, if such payment can be made without such withholding by any other paying agent; or (9) in the case of any combination of items (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (8).

 

The Notes are subject in all cases to any tax, fiscal or other law or regulation or administrative or judicial interpretation applicable thereto. Except as specifically provided for herein, the Company shall not be required to make any payment with respect to any tax, assessment or governmental charge imposed by any government or a political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein.

 

As used herein, the term “United States Holder” means a beneficial owner of a note that is (i) a citizen or resident of the United States, (ii) a corporation or an entity taxable as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, that was established under the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia, or (iii) an estate or trust whose world-wide income is subject to United States federal income tax.  If a partnership holds a note, the tax treatment of partners will generally depend upon the status of the partner and the activities of the partnership.  As used here, the term “Non-United States Holder” means a beneficial owner of the Note that is not a United States Holder and is not a partnership.

 

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The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance and discharge of the entire principal of all the Notes of any series upon compliance by the Company with certain conditions set forth therein.

 

If an Event of Default with respect to the Notes, as defined in the Indenture, shall occur and be continuing, the principal of all the Notes may be declared due and payable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Indenture.

 

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Company and the rights of the Holders of the Notes under the Indenture at any time by the Company with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Notes at the time Outstanding of each series affected thereby.  The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Holders to waive compliance by the Company with certain provisions of the Indenture and certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences with respect to a series, provided that the Holders of at least a majority in principal amount of the Notes at the time Outstanding of any series affected by a waiver consent to such waiver. Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Note shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Note and of any Note issued upon the transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Note.

 

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Note or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Company, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and interest on this Note at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

 

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain exceptions therein set forth, this Note is transferable on the Securities Register of the Company, upon surrender of this Note for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Company to be maintained for that purpose in the City of New York, New York, or, at the option of the Holder, at the office or agency of the Company to be maintained for that purpose in the City of New York, New York, or at any other office or agency of the Company maintained for that purpose, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company and the Securities Registrar duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing, and thereupon one or more new Notes, of authorized denominations and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.

 

The Notes are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of $2,000.00 and integral multiples of $1,000.00 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, Notes are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Notes of a like tenor and of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same.

 

No service charge shall be made for any such transfer or exchange, but the Company may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection with the registration of such transfer or exchange, other than certain exchanges not involving any transfer.

 

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Certain terms used in this Note that are defined in the Indenture have the meanings set forth therein.

 

This Note shall for all purposes be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.

 

The Company, the Trustee for the Notes and any agent of the Company or such Trustee may treat the Person in whose name this Note is registered as the owner hereof for the purpose of receiving payment as herein provided and for all other purposes, whether or not this Note be overdue, and neither the Company, such Trustee nor any such agent shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

 

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Section 5: EX-5 (EX-5)

Exhibit 5

 

 

 

 

 

American Express Company

 

 

October 30, 2017

 

American Express Company

200 Vesey Street

New York, New York 10285

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

I am Senior Counsel of American Express Company (the “Company”), a New York corporation, and I have represented the Company in connection with the offering by the Company pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-207239) of $1,500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 2.200% Notes due October 30, 2020 (the “2020 Fixed Rate Notes”), $500,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Floating Rate Notes due October 30, 2020 (the “Floating Rate Notes”) and $1,650,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.000% Notes due October 30, 2024 (the “2024 Fixed Rate Notes,” and, together with the 2020 Fixed Rate Notes and the Floating Rate Notes, the “Securities”). The Securities are being issued pursuant to an indenture (the “Indenture”) dated as of August 1, 2007 between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee (the “Trustee”).

 

I, or members of the staff of the General Counsel’s Office of the Company, have reviewed the originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such corporate records and documents relating to the Company and have made such other investigations of law and fact as we have deemed appropriate as the basis for the opinions expressed below. In such examination, we have assumed the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals and the conformity to the originals of all documents submitted to us as copies. In addition, I have assumed the due authorization, execution, delivery and, where appropriate, authentication of the documents by all parties thereto other than the Company.

 

I am admitted to the practice of law only in the State of New York and do not purport to be expert in the laws of any jurisdictions other than the federal law of the United States of America and the law of the State of New York.

 

Based on the foregoing, and subject to the further assumptions and qualifications set forth below, it is my opinion that:

 



 

The issuance and sale of the Securities have been authorized by the Company. The Securities have been duly executed and delivered by the Company and constitute valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms.

 

Insofar as the foregoing opinions relate to the validity, binding effect or enforceability of any agreement or obligation of the Company, (a) I have assumed that each other party to such agreement or obligation has satisfied those legal requirements that are applicable to it to the extent necessary to make such agreement or obligation enforceable against it (except that no such assumption is made as to the Company regarding matters of the federal law of the United States of America or the law of the State of New York), and (b) such opinions are subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency and similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and to general principles of equity. The foregoing opinions are limited to the law of the State of New York.

 

As to certain factual matters, I have relied upon certificates of officers of the Company and certificates of public officials and other sources believed by me to be responsible; and I have assumed that the Indenture has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Trustee, that the Trustee’s certificates of authentication of the Securities have been manually signed by one of the Trustee’s authorized officers, that the Securities have been delivered against payment as contemplated in the prospectus and the prospectus supplement and that the signatures on all documents examined by me or members of the staff of the General Counsel’s Office of the Company are genuine (assumptions that I have not independently verified).

 

I hereby consent to the use of my name in each of the prospectus and the prospectus supplement constituting a part of the Registration Statement under the heading “Legal Matters,” as counsel for the Company who has passed on the validity of the Securities, and to the use of this opinion as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, dated October 30, 2017, which will be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.  In giving such consent, I do not thereby admit that I am within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ David S. Carroll

 

Name: David S. Carroll

 

Title:   Senior Counsel

 

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