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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K OF AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY)


 
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):  April 18, 2019
 
 

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

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. ☐
 
 

 

 
Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition and Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

The following information is furnished under Item 2.02 – Results of Operations and Financial Condition and Item 7.01 – Regulation FD Disclosure:
 
On April 18, 2019, American Express Company (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding its financial results for the first quarter of 2019. A copy of such press release is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1. The Company also made available additional information relating to the financial results for the first quarter of 2019. Such additional financial information is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.2. 
 
 
Exhibit
Description
 
99.1
 
99.2
 
 
 
 
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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: April 18, 2019
 
 
 
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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)


EXHIBIT 99.1
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

 
 
 
 
News Release
News Release
News Release
 News Release

 
 
 
 
Media Contact:
Marina H. Norville, marina.h.norville@aexp.com, +1.212.640.2832

Investors/Analysts Contacts:
Edmund Reese, edmund.reese@aexp.com, +1.212.640.5574
Melanie L. Michel, melanie.l.michel@aexp.com, +1.212.640.5574


AMERICAN EXPRESS REPORTS FIRST-QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $1.80,
ADJUSTED EPS OF $2.011

REVENUE GROWTH REFLECTS HIGHER CARD MEMBER SPENDING, LOANS AND CARD FEES

COMPANY AFFIRMS 2019 OUTLOOK

(Millions, except percentages and per share amounts)

             
   
Quarters Ended
March 31,
     
   
2019
   
2018
   
Percentage
Inc/(Dec)
 
Total Revenues Net of Interest Expense
 
$
10,364
   
$
9,718
     
7
 
Net Income
 
$
1,550
   
$
1,634
     
(5
)
Diluted Earnings Per Common Share2
 
$
1.80
   
$
1.86
     
(3
)
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Common Share1
 
$
2.01
   
$
1.86
     
8
 
Average Diluted Common Shares Outstanding
   
843
     
861
     
(2
)

                 

New York – April 18, 2019 - American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) today reported first-quarter net income of $1,550 million or $1.80 per share, compared with net income of $1,634 million or $1.86 per share a year ago.

First-quarter earnings per share of $1.80 included an addition to legal reserves of $0.21 per share related to a merchant litigation that has now been resolved.  Excluding that litigation-related charge, adjusted earnings per share for the quarter was $2.01.1

First-quarter consolidated total revenues net of interest expense were $10.4 billion, up 7 percent from $9.7 billion a year ago.  Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates, adjusted revenues net of interest expense grew 9 percent.3 The increases were broad-based and reflected higher Card Member spending, loan volumes and fee income.
 
 
 
 
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Consolidated provisions for losses were $809 million, up 4 percent from $775 million a year ago. The increase reflected continued growth in the loan and receivable portfolios and higher net lending write-offs, partially offset by a smaller reserve build compared to a year ago.

Consolidated expenses were $7.6 billion, up 11 percent from $6.9 billion a year ago.  The increase reflected, in part, higher customer engagement costs.  Operating expenses were up 10 percent from a year ago,4 primarily driven by the litigation-related charge.

The consolidated effective tax rate was 20.8 percent, down from 21.5 percent a year ago.

"With FX-adjusted revenues up 9 percent we are off to a solid start in 2019," said Stephen J. Squeri, chairman and chief executive officer.  "This growth was broad based and well-balanced across spend, lend and fee revenues, reflecting the benefits of our integrated business model.

"We continued to expand our merchant network and added 3.1 million new proprietary cards in the quarter driven primarily by our digital acquisition initiatives.  Billings growth remained solid across customer segments and geographies, with strong performance internationally, especially among consumers, small and mid-sized business customers.  Loan growth continued to be strong, and credit quality remained at industry-leading levels.

"During the quarter, we signed an extension of our partnership with Delta Air Lines that will take us to 2030. Delta is our largest cobrand partnership, and it's one of the most valuable portfolios in the industry. Spending on our Delta cobrand products has grown by double digits annually for the past several years, and together we've acquired more than 1 million new accounts in each of the past two years. The partnership contributes significant revenue and earnings to both companies and, from a customer and shareholder perspective, we feel great about the opportunity it represents.
"We are affirming our revenue and EPS guidance for the full year.5
"Looking ahead, we continue to see a number of attractive growth opportunities across our businesses, and we're going to invest to take advantage of those opportunities in order to drive revenue growth over the moderate to longer term."

Global Consumer Services Group reported first-quarter net income of $821 million, down 1 percent from $826 million a year ago.

Total revenues net of interest expense were $5.6 billion, up 9 percent from $5.1 billion a year ago. The rise primarily reflected higher loan volumes, Card Member spending and fee income.
 
 
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Provisions for losses totaled $552 million, up 4 percent from $530 million a year ago. The rise primarily reflected continued growth in the loan portfolio and higher net lending write-offs, partially offset by a smaller reserve build compared to a year ago.

Total expenses were $4.0 billion, up 12 percent from $3.5 billion a year ago.  The increase was primarily driven by higher customer engagement costs.

The effective tax rate was 21 percent, unchanged from a year ago.

Global Commercial Services reported first-quarter net income of $586 million, up 7 percent from $546 million a year ago.

Total revenues net of interest expense were $3.2 billion, up 6 percent from $3.0 billion a year ago. The increase primarily reflected higher Card Member spending.

Provisions for losses totaled $254 million, up 6 percent from $240 million a year ago.

Total expenses were $2.2 billion, up 7 percent from $2.1 billion a year ago. The rise primarily reflected higher marketing and business development costs and increased operating expenses.

The effective tax rate was 21 percent, down from 23 percent a year ago.

Global Merchant and Network Services reported first-quarter net income of $631 million, up 22 percent from $516 million a year ago.

Total revenues net of interest expense were $1.6 billion, unchanged from a year ago.

Total expenses were $787 million, down 11 percent from $887 million a year ago, primarily due to a charge related to the sale of the company's prepaid operations in the prior year.

The effective tax rate was 25 percent, down from 27 percent a year ago.
 
 
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Corporate and Other reported first-quarter net loss of $489 million, compared with a net loss of $254 million a year ago, primarily reflecting the impact of the litigation-related charge mentioned earlier.
 
______________________________
Notes:
 
1
 
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share (EPS), a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of a litigation-related charge in Q1 '19. Management believes adjusted EPS is useful in evaluating the ongoing operating performance of the company. See Appendix I for a reconciliation to EPS on a GAAP basis.
 
2
 
Earnings per common share – diluted was reduced by the impact of (i) earnings allocated to participating share awards and other items of $11 million and $13 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and (ii) dividends on preferred shares of $21 million for both the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.
 
3
 
As reported in this release, FX-adjusted information assumes a constant exchange rate between the periods being compared for purposes of currency translations into U.S. dollars (e.g., assumes the foreign exchange rates used to determine results for the three months ended March 31, 2019 apply to the period(s) against which such results are being compared). Management believes the presentation of information on an FX-adjusted basis is helpful to investors by making it easier to compare the company's performance in one period to that of another period without the variability caused by fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
 
4
 
Operating expenses represent salaries and employee benefits, professional services, occupancy and equipment, and other expenses.
 
5
  The company's 2019 revenue growth guidance remains 8-10 percent. The company's 2019 EPS guidance on a GAAP basis, which includes the impact of a litigation-related charge in Q1'19, is between $7.64 and $8.14.  The 2019 adjusted EPS guidance, a non-GAAP measure, remains between $7.85 and $8.35. See Appendix I for a reconciliation. Management believes the presentation of adjusted EPS guidance is useful in evaluating the ongoing operating performance of the company.


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About American Express
American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.  Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, instagram.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.
Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, Accertify, InAuth, corporate card, business travel, and corporate responsibility.

This earnings release should be read in conjunction with the company's statistical tables for the first-quarter 2019, available on the American Express website at http://ir.americanexpress.com and in a Form 8-K filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

An investor conference call will be held at 8:30 a.m. (ET) today to discuss first-quarter earnings results. Live audio and presentation slides for the investor conference call will be available to the general public on the above-mentioned American Express Investor Relations website. A replay of the conference call will be available later today at the same website address.
 
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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to risks and uncertainties.  The forward-looking statements, which address American Express Company's current expectations regarding business and financial performance, including management's outlook for 2019, among other matters, contain words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "aim," "will," "may," "should," "could," "would," "likely" and similar expressions.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.  The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the following:
·
the company's ability to achieve its 2019 earnings per common share outlook, which will depend in part on revenue growth, credit performance and the effective tax rate remaining consistent with current expectations, the company's ability to control operating expense growth and generate operating leverage, and the company's ability to continue executing its share repurchase program; any of which could be impacted by, among other things, the factors identified in the subsequent paragraphs as well as the following: issues impacting brand perceptions and the company's reputation; the impact of any future contingencies, including, but not limited to, restructurings, impairments, changes in reserves, legal costs, the imposition of fines or civil money penalties and increases in Card Member reimbursements; the amount and efficacy of investments in customer engagement; changes in interest rates beyond current expectations (including the impact of hedge ineffectiveness and deposit rate increases); a greater impact from new or renegotiated cobrand agreements than expected, which could be affected by spending volumes and customer acquisition; and the impact of regulation and litigation, which could affect the profitability of the company's business activities, limit the company's ability to pursue business opportunities, require changes to business practices or alter the company's relationships with partners, merchants and Card Members;
·
the ability of the company to achieve its 2019 revenue growth outlook, which could be impacted by, among other things, weakening economic conditions in the United States or internationally, a decline in consumer confidence impacting the willingness and ability of Card Members to sustain and grow spending and revolve balances, growth in Card Member loans and the yield on Card Member loans not remaining consistent with current expectations, the average discount rate changing by a greater amount than expected, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar beyond expectations, the willingness of Card Members to pay higher card fees, lower spending on new cards acquired than estimated, and the company's inability to address competitive pressures and implement its strategies and business initiatives, including within the premium consumer segment, commercial payments, the global network and digital environment;
·
changes in the substantial and increasing worldwide competition in the payments industry, including competitive pressure that may impact the prices charged to merchants that accept American Express cards, competition for new and existing cobrand relationships, competition from new and non-traditional competitors and the success of marketing, promotion and rewards programs;
 
·
the company's delinquency and write-off rates and growth of provisions for losses being higher or lower than current expectations, which will depend in part on changes in the level of loan and receivable balances and delinquencies generally as well as in macroeconomic factors, the mix of balances, newer vintages and balance transfers, loans and receivables related to new Card Members and other borrowers performing as expected, credit performance of new and enhanced lending products, unemployment rates, the volume of bankruptcies, collections capabilities and recoveries of previously written-off loans and receivables
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·
the company's ability to continue to grow loans, which may be affected by increasing competition, brand perceptions and reputation, the company's ability to manage risk, the behavior of Card Members and their actual spending and borrowing patterns, and the company's ability to issue new and enhanced card products, offer attractive non-card lending products, capture a greater share of existing Card Members' spending and borrowings, reduce Card Member attrition and attract new customers;
·
the company's rewards expense and cost of Card Member services growing inconsistently from expectations, which will depend in part on Card Member behavior as it relates to their spending patterns, including the level of spend in bonus categories, and their redemption of rewards and offers, as well as the degree of interest of Card Members in the value proposition offered by the company; increasing competition, which could result in additional benefits and services and greater rewards offerings; the company's ability to enhance card products and services to make them attractive to Card Members; and the pace and cost of the expansion of the company's global lounge collection;
·
the actual amount to be spent on marketing and business development, as well as the timing of any such spending, which will be based in part on management's assessment of competitive opportunities; overall business performance, corporate and GNS billings and changes in macroeconomic conditions; costs related to advertising and Card Member acquisition; the company's ability to continue to shift Card Member acquisition to digital channels; contractual obligations with business partners and other fixed costs and commitments, including as a result of partnership renegotiations; management's ability to identify attractive investment opportunities and make such investments, which could be impacted by business, regulatory or legal complexities; and the company's ability to realize efficiencies, optimize investment spending and control expenses to fund such spending;
·
the company's ability to control operating expense growth, which could be impacted by increases in costs, such as cyber, fraud or compliance expenses or consulting, legal and other professional fees, including as a result of increased litigation or internal and regulatory reviews; higher than expected employee levels; an inability to innovate efficient channels of customer interactions, such as chat supported by artificial intelligence, or customer acquisition; the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on costs; the payment of civil money penalties, disgorgement, restitution, non-income tax assessments and litigation-related settlements; impairments of goodwill or other assets; management's decision to increase or decrease spending in such areas as technology, business and product development and sales forces; greater-than-expected inflation; and the level of M&A activity and related expenses;
 
·
the company's ability to realize the benefits from its strategic partnerships, including Delta Air Lines, which is dependent in part on the ability of the companies to collaborate, develop and market value propositions that appeal to Card Members and new customers and offer attractive services and rewards programs, which will depend in part on the competitive environment, brand perceptions, ongoing investments, new product innovation and development, Card Member acquisition efforts and enrollment processes, and infrastructure to support new products, services and benefits;
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·
the company's ability to grow Personal Savings deposits consistent with expectations, including as a result of market demand, changes in benchmark interest rates or regulatory restrictions on the company's ability to obtain deposit funding or offer competitive interest rates, which could affect the company's net interest yield and ability to fund its businesses;
·
a failure in or breach of the company's operational or security systems, processes or infrastructure, or those of third parties, including as a result of cyberattacks, which could compromise the confidentiality, integrity, privacy and/or security of data, disrupt its operations, reduce the use and acceptance of American Express cards and lead to regulatory scrutiny, litigation, remediation and response costs, and reputational harm;
·
legal and regulatory developments, which could require the company to make fundamental changes to many of its business practices, including its ability to continue certain cobrand and agent relationships in their current form in the EU; exert further pressure on the average discount rate and GNS volumes; result in increased costs related to regulatory oversight, litigation-related settlements, judgments or expenses, restitution to Card Members or the imposition of fines or civil money penalties; materially affect capital or liquidity requirements, results of operations, or ability to pay dividends or repurchase stock; or result in harm to the American Express brand; and
·
factors beyond the company's control such as changes in global economic and business conditions, consumer and business spending generally, the availability and cost of capital, unemployment rates, geopolitical conditions, Brexit, trade policies, foreign currency rates and interest rates, as well as fire, power loss, disruptions in telecommunications, severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health pandemics or terrorism, any of which could significantly affect demand for and spending on American Express cards, delinquency rates, loan and receivable balances and other aspects of the company and its results of operations or disrupt the company's global network systems and ability to process transactions.

A further description of these uncertainties and other risks can be found in American Express Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and the company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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American Express Company
                 
Appendix I
                 
Reconciliations of Adjustments
                 
   
Q1'19
   
Q1'18
   
Percentage Inc/(Dec)
 
Diluted earnings per common share
 
$
1.80
   
$
1.86
     
(3
)
Litigation-related charge (pre-tax)
   
0.27
     
         
Tax impact of litigation-related charge
   
(0.06
)
   
         
Net Impact of Q1'19 litigation-related charge
   
0.21
     
         
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share
 
$
2.01
   
$
1.86
     
8
 



   
2019 EPS Range
 
GAAP EPS Outlook
 
$
7.64
   
$
8.14
 
    Litigation-related charge (pre-tax)
   
0.27
     
0.27
 
    Tax impact of litigation-related charge
 
 
(0.06
)
 
 
(0.06
)
Net Impact of Q1'19 litigation-related charge
   
0.21
     
0.21
 
Adjusted EPS Outlook
 
$
7.85
   
$
8.35
 


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Section 3: EX-99.2 (EXHIBIT 99.2)

EXHIBIT 99.2

American Express Company
 (Preliminary)
Consolidated Statements of Income
 
(Millions, except percentages and per share amounts)
 

 
 
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
   
YOY % change
 
Non-interest revenues
                                   
Discount revenue
 
$
6,195
   
$
6,457
   
$
6,181
   
$
6,194
   
$
5,889
     
5
 
Net card fees
   
944
     
897
     
870
     
844
     
830
     
14
 
Other fees and commissions
   
803
     
788
     
798
     
786
     
781
     
3
 
Other
   
363
     
300
     
334
     
349
     
377
     
(4
)
Total non-interest revenues
   
8,305
     
8,442
     
8,183
     
8,173
     
7,877
     
5
 
Interest income
                                               
Interest on loans
   
2,725
     
2,674
     
2,554
     
2,387
     
2,326
     
17
 
Interest and dividends on investment securities
   
33
     
35
     
35
     
27
     
21
     
57
 
Deposits with banks and other
   
196
     
157
     
149
     
126
     
115
     
70
 
Total interest income
   
2,954
     
2,866
     
2,738
     
2,540
     
2,462
     
20
 
Interest expense
                                               
Deposits
   
399
     
377
     
340
     
300
     
270
     
48
 
Long-term debt and other
   
496
     
457
     
437
     
411
     
351
     
41
 
Total interest expense
   
895
     
834
     
777
     
711
     
621
     
44
 
Net interest income
   
2,059
     
2,032
     
1,961
     
1,829
     
1,841
     
12
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
   
10,364
     
10,474
     
10,144
     
10,002
     
9,718
     
7
 
Provisions for losses
                                               
Charge card
   
253
     
236
     
214
     
245
     
242
     
5
 
Card Member loans
   
525
     
679
     
560
     
528
     
499
     
5
 
Other
   
31
     
39
     
43
     
33
     
34
     
(9
)
Total provisions for losses
   
809
     
954
     
817
     
806
     
775
     
4
 
Total revenues net of interest expense after provisions for losses
   
9,555
     
9,520
     
9,327
     
9,196
     
8,943
     
7
 
   
Expenses
                                               
Marketing and business development
   
1,573
     
1,820
     
1,642
     
1,663
     
1,345
     
17
 
Card Member rewards
   
2,451
     
2,516
     
2,400
     
2,433
     
2,347
     
4
 
Card Member services
   
550
     
495
     
457
     
416
     
409
     
34
 
Salaries and employee benefits
   
1,422
     
1,294
     
1,350
     
1,280
     
1,326
     
7
 
Professional services
   
494
     
671
     
489
     
508
     
457
     
8
 
Occupancy and equipment
   
508
     
540
     
489
     
484
     
520
     
(2
)
Other, net
   
599
     
353
     
382
     
321
     
457
     
31
 
Total expenses
   
7,597
     
7,689
     
7,209
     
7,105
     
6,861
     
11
 
Pretax income
   
1,958
     
1,831
     
2,118
     
2,091
     
2,082
     
(6
)
Income tax provision (benefit)
   
408
     
(179
)
   
464
     
468
     
448
     
(9
)
Net income
 
$
1,550
   
$
2,010
   
$
1,654
   
$
1,623
   
$
1,634
     
(5
)
Net income attributable to common shareholders (A)
 
$
1,518
   
$
1,975
   
$
1,621
   
$
1,591
   
$
1,600
     
(5
)
Effective tax rate
   
20.8
%
   
(9.8
%)
   
21.9
%
   
22.4
%
   
21.5
%
       
 
                                               
Earnings Per Common Share
                                               
Basic
                                               
Net income attributable to common shareholders
 
$
1.81
   
$
2.33
   
$
1.89
   
$
1.85
   
$
1.86
     
(3
)
Average common shares outstanding
   
841
     
850
     
858
     
860
     
859
     
(2
)
Diluted
                                               
Net income attributable to common shareholders
 
$
1.80
   
$
2.32
   
$
1.88
   
$
1.84
   
$
1.86
     
(3
)
Average common shares outstanding
   
843
     
852
     
860
     
862
     
861
     
(2
)
Cash dividends declared per common share
 
$
0.39
   
$
0.39
   
$
0.39
   
$
0.35
   
$
0.35
     
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See Appendix IV for footnote references.

 

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American Express Company
(Preliminary)
Consolidated Balance Sheets and Related Statistical Information
 
(Billions, except percentages, per share amounts and where indicated)
 

 
 
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
   
YOY % change
 
Assets
                                   
Cash & cash equivalents
 
$
33
   
$
27
   
$
30
   
$
30
   
$
31
     
6
 
Card Member receivables, less reserves
   
56
     
55
     
55
     
54
     
54
     
4
 
Card Member loans, less reserves
   
79
     
80
     
76
     
74
     
71
     
11
 
Investment securities
   
6
     
5
     
6
     
5
     
3
     
#
 
Other (B)
   
23
     
22
     
22
     
22
     
21
     
10
 
Total assets
 
$
197
   
$
189
   
$
189
   
$
185
   
$
180
     
9
 
   
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
                                               
Customer deposits
 
$
73
   
$
70
   
$
69
   
$
67
   
$
67
     
9
 
Short-term borrowings
   
2
     
3
     
2
     
2
     
2
     
-
 
Long-term debt
   
58
     
58
     
55
     
56
     
52
     
12
 
Other (B)
   
42
     
36
     
42
     
39
     
39
     
8
 
Total liabilities
   
175
     
167
     
168
     
164
     
160
     
9
 
   
Shareholders' Equity
   
22
     
22
     
21
     
21
     
20
     
10
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
$
197
   
$
189
   
$
189
   
$
185
   
$
180
     
9
 
   
Return on average equity (C)
   
31.9
%
   
33.5
%
   
18.1
%
   
16.7
%
   
15.2
%
       
Return on average common equity (C)
   
33.7
%
   
35.6
%
   
19.0
%
   
17.5
%
   
15.9
%
       
Book value per common share (dollars)
 
$
24.65
   
$
24.45
   
$
23.27
   
$
22.42
   
$
20.96
     
18
 

# - Denotes a variance of 100 percent or more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



See Appendix IV for footnote references.
 

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American Express Company
(Preliminary)
Consolidated Capital

 
 
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
 
Shares Outstanding (in millions)
   
Beginning of period
   
847
     
854
     
861
     
860
     
859
 
Repurchase of common shares
   
(12
)
   
(8
)
   
(7
)
   
-
     
-
 
Net impact of employee benefit plans and others
   
2
     
1
     
-
     
1
     
1
 
End of period
   
837
     
847
     
854
     
861
     
860
 
   
Risk-Based Capital Ratios - Basel III ($ in billions) (D)
   
Common Equity Tier 1/Risk Weighted Assets (RWA)
   
10.8
%
   
11.0
%
   
10.8
%
   
10.1
%
   
9.4
%
Tier 1
   
11.8
%
   
12.0
%
   
11.8
%
   
11.1
%
   
10.5
%
Total
   
13.4
%
   
13.6
%
   
13.4
%
   
12.8
%
   
12.2
%
   
Common Equity Tier 1
 
$
17.4
   
$
17.5
   
$
16.6
   
$
15.2
   
$
13.9
 
Tier 1 Capital
 
$
19.0
   
$
19.1
   
$
18.2
   
$
16.8
   
$
15.5
 
Tier 2 Capital
 
$
2.6
   
$
2.6
   
$
2.5
   
$
2.5
   
$
2.4
 
Total Capital
 
$
21.6
   
$
21.7
   
$
20.7
   
$
19.3
   
$
17.9
 
RWA
 
$
161.3
   
$
158.8
   
$
154.7
   
$
150.9
   
$
147.4
 
Tier 1 Leverage
   
10.0
%
   
10.4
%
   
10.1
%
   
9.7
%
   
8.8
%
Supplementary Leverage Ratio (SLR) (E)
   
8.6
%
   
8.9
%
   
8.6
%
   
8.3
%
   
7.6
%
Average Total Assets to calculate the Tier 1 Leverage Ratio (F)
 
$
189.4
   
$
183.2
   
$
179.8
   
$
172.5
   
$
175.0
 
Total Leverage Exposure to calculate SLR
 
$
221.4
   
$
214.4
   
$
210.7
   
$
202.4
   
$
204.4
 



See Appendix IV for footnote references.

 

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American Express Company
 
(Preliminary)
Selected Card Related Statistical Information
 
 
(Billions, except percentages and where indicated)
 
 

 
 
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
   
YOY % change
 
Billed business (G)
                                   
U.S.
 
$
195.5
   
$
205.1
   
$
194.6
   
$
195.4
   
$
182.5
     
7
 
Outside the U.S.
   
100.2
     
103.9
     
100.1
     
101.1
     
101.3
     
(1
)
Total
 
$
295.7
   
$
309.0
   
$
294.7
   
$
296.5
   
$
283.8
     
4
 
Proprietary
 
$
253.3
   
$
264.4
   
$
250.2
   
$
251.1
   
$
236.9
     
7
 
Global Network Services (GNS)
   
42.4
     
44.6
     
44.5
     
45.4
     
46.9
     
(10
)
Total
 
$
295.7
   
$
309.0
   
$
294.7
   
$
296.5
   
$
283.8
     
4
 
Cards-in-force (millions) (H)
                                               
U.S.
   
54.1
     
53.7
     
53.0
     
51.9
     
51.3
     
5
 
Outside the U.S.
   
59.8
     
60.3
     
62.1
     
62.4
     
62.9
     
(5
)
Total
   
113.9
     
114.0
     
115.1
     
114.3
     
114.2
     
-
 
Proprietary
   
69.7
     
69.1
     
68.5
     
67.4
     
66.4
     
5
 
GNS
   
44.2
     
44.9
     
46.6
     
46.9
     
47.8
     
(8
)
Total
   
113.9
     
114.0
     
115.1
     
114.3
     
114.2
     
-
 
Basic cards-in-force (millions) (H)
                                               
U.S.
   
42.5
     
42.3
     
41.7
     
40.9
     
40.4
     
5
 
Outside the U.S.
   
49.9
     
50.3
     
51.8
     
52.0
     
52.4
     
(5
)
Total
   
92.4
     
92.6
     
93.5
     
92.9
     
92.8
     
-
 
Average proprietary basic Card Member spending (dollars)
                                               
U.S.
 
$
5,082
   
$
5,369
   
$
5,169
   
$
5,275
   
$
5,015
     
1
 
Outside the U.S.
 
$
3,927
   
$
4,103
   
$
3,864
   
$
3,909
   
$
3,869
     
1
 
Average
 
$
4,741
   
$
4,997
   
$
4,784
   
$
4,871
   
$
4,677
     
1
 
Card Member loans
                                               
U.S.
 
$
70.8
   
$
72.0
   
$
68.1
   
$
66.3
   
$
63.9
     
11
 
Outside the U.S.
   
10.2
     
9.9
     
9.5
     
9.1
     
8.9
     
15
 
Total
 
$
81.0
   
$
81.9
   
$
77.6
   
$
75.4
   
$
72.8
     
11
 
 
                                               
Average discount rate (I)
   
2.37
%
   
2.36
%
   
2.38
%
   
2.37
%
   
2.37
%
       
Average fee per card (dollars) (J)
 
$
54
   
$
52
   
$
51
   
$
51
   
$
51
     
6
 



See Appendix IV for footnote references.

 

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American Express Company
(Preliminary)
Selected Credit Related Statistical Information
 
(Billions, except percentages and where indicated)
 

 
 
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
   
YOY % change
 
Worldwide Card Member loans
                                   
Total loans
 
$
81.0
   
$
81.9
   
$
77.6
   
$
75.4
   
$
72.8
     
11
 
Loss reserves (millions)
                                               
Beginning balance
 
$
2,134
   
$
1,937
   
$
1,840
   
$
1,786
   
$
1,706
     
25
 
Provisions - principal, interest and fees
   
525
     
679
     
560
     
528
     
499
     
5
 
Net write-offs - principal less recoveries
   
(457
)
   
(399
)
   
(393
)
   
(389
)
   
(358
)
   
28
 
Net write-offs - interest and fees less recoveries
   
(92
)
   
(79
)
   
(77
)
   
(77
)
   
(71
)
   
30
 
Other (K)
   
11
     
(4
)
   
7
     
(8
)
   
10
     
10
 
Ending balance
 
$
2,121
   
$
2,134
   
$
1,937
   
$
1,840
   
$
1,786
     
19
 
Ending reserves - principal
 
$
1,999
   
$
2,028
   
$
1,834
   
$
1,737
   
$
1,691
     
18
 
Ending reserves - interest and fees
 
$
122
   
$
106
   
$
103
   
$
103
   
$
95
     
28
 
% of loans
   
2.6
%
   
2.6
%
   
2.5
%
   
2.4
%
   
2.5
%
       
% of past due
   
178
%
   
182
%
   
185
%
   
188
%
   
174
%
       
Average loans
 
$
80.6
   
$
79.4
   
$
76.4
   
$
74.1
   
$
72.7
     
11
 
Net write-off rate (principal only) (L)
   
2.3
%
   
2.0
%
   
2.1
%
   
2.1
%
   
2.0
%
       
Net write-off rate (principal, interest and fees) (L)
   
2.7
%
   
2.4
%
   
2.5
%
   
2.5
%
   
2.4
%
       
30+ days past due as a % of total
   
1.5
%
   
1.4
%
   
1.3
%
   
1.3
%
   
1.4
%
       
   
Net interest income divided by average Card Member loans (M)
   
10.2
%
   
10.2
%
   
10.3
%
   
9.9
%
   
10.1
%
       
Net interest yield on average Card Member loans (M)
   
10.9
%
   
10.7
%
   
10.8
%
   
10.6
%
   
10.8
%
       
   
Worldwide Card Member receivables
                                               
Total receivables
 
$
56.8
   
$
55.9
   
$
55.5
   
$
55.0
   
$
54.2
     
5
 
Loss reserves (millions)
                                               
Beginning balance
 
$
573
   
$
544
   
$
558
   
$
565
   
$
521
     
10
 
Provisions - principal and fees
   
253
     
236
     
214
     
245
     
242
     
5
 
Net write-offs - principal and fees less recoveries
   
(216
)
   
(198
)
   
(226
)
   
(236
)
   
(199
)
   
9
 
Other (K)
   
(2
)
   
(9
)
   
(2
)
   
(16
)
   
1
     
#
 
Ending balance
 
$
608
   
$
573
   
$
544
   
$
558
   
$
565
     
8
 
% of receivables
   
1.1
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
       
Net write-off rate, excluding Global Corporate Payments (GCP) (principal only) (L)
   
1.8
%
   
1.4
%
   
1.7
%
   
1.8
%
   
1.6
%
       
Net write-off rate, excluding GCP (principal and fees) (L)
   
2.0
%
   
1.6
%
   
1.9
%
   
2.1
%
   
1.8
%
       
30+ days past due as a % of total, excluding GCP
   
1.5
%
   
1.4
%
   
1.3
%
   
1.3
%
   
1.5
%
       
GCP Net loss ratio (as a % of charge volume) (N)
   
0.08
%
   
0.11
%
   
0.12
%
   
0.12
%
   
0.10
%
       
GCP 90+ days past billing as a % of total (N)
   
0.6
%
   
0.7
%
   
0.8
%
   
0.8
%
   
0.8
%
       

# - Denotes a variance of 100 percent or more.


See Appendix IV for footnote references.

 

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American Express Company
 (Preliminary)
Selected Income Statement Information by Segment
 
(Millions)
 
 
 

 
 
Global Consumer Services Group
   
Global Commercial Services
   
Global Merchant and Network Services
   
Corporate and Other
   
Consolidated
 
 
 
(GCSG)
   
(GCS)
   
(GMNS)
             
Q1'19
                             
Non-interest revenues
 
$
3,741
   
$
3,020
   
$
1,525
   
$
19
   
$
8,305
 
Interest income
   
2,272
     
454
     
9
     
219
     
2,954
 
Interest expense
   
459
     
241
     
(93
)
   
288
     
895
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
   
5,554
     
3,233
     
1,627
     
(50
)
   
10,364
 
Total provisions for losses
   
552
     
254
     
4
     
(1
)
   
809
 
Total revenues net of interest expense after provisions for losses
   
5,002
     
2,979
     
1,623
     
(49
)
   
9,555
 
Marketing, business development, rewards, Card Member services
   
2,785
     
1,470
     
305
     
14
     
4,574
 
Salaries and employee benefits and other operating expenses
   
1,177
     
766
     
482
     
598
     
3,023
 
Pretax income (loss)
   
1,040
     
743
     
836
     
(661
)
   
1,958
 
Income tax provision (benefit)
   
219
     
157
     
205
     
(173
)
   
408
 
Net income (loss)
   
821
     
586
     
631
     
(488
)
   
1,550
 
Q1'18
                                       
Non-interest revenues
 
$
3,491
   
$
2,838
   
$
1,532
   
$
16
   
$
7,877
 
Interest income
   
1,949
     
377
     
9
     
127
     
2,462
 
Interest expense
   
327
     
171
     
(59
)
   
182
     
621
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
   
5,113
     
3,044
     
1,600
     
(39
)
   
9,718
 
Total provisions for losses
   
530
     
240
     
5
     
-
     
775
 
Total revenues net of interest expense after provisions for losses
   
4,583
     
2,804
     
1,595
     
(39
)
   
8,943
 
Marketing, business development, rewards, Card Member services
   
2,446
     
1,374
     
267
     
14
     
4,101
 
Salaries and employee benefits and other operating expenses
   
1,089
     
722
     
620
     
329
     
2,760
 
Pretax income (loss)
   
1,048
     
708
     
708
     
(382
)
   
2,082
 
Income tax provision (benefit)
   
222
     
162
     
192
     
(128
)
   
448
 
Net income (loss)
   
826
     
546
     
516
     
(254
)
   
1,634
 
YOY % change
                                       
Non-interest revenues
   
7
     
6
     
-
     
19
     
5
 
Interest income
   
17
     
20
     
-
     
72
     
20
 
Interest expense
   
40
     
41
     
58
     
58
     
44
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
   
9
     
6
     
2
     
28
     
7
 
Total provisions for losses
   
4
     
6
     
(20
)
   
-
     
4
 
Total revenues net of interest expense after provisions for losses
   
9
     
6
     
2
     
26
     
7
 
Marketing, business development, rewards, Card Member services
   
14
     
7
     
14
     
-
     
12
 
Salaries and employee benefits and other operating expenses
   
8
     
6
     
(22
)
   
82
     
10
 
Pretax income (loss)
   
(1
)
   
5
     
18
     
73
     
(6
)
Income tax provision (benefit)
   
(1
)
   
(3
)
   
7
     
35
     
(9
)
Net income (loss)
   
(1
)
   
7
     
22
     
92
     
(5
)
 
                                       


See Appendix IV for footnote references.



-6-









American Express Company
(Preliminary)
Billed Business Growth Trend
 

 
 
YOY % change
 
 
 
Reported
   
FX-Adjusted (O)
 
 
 
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
   
Q1'19
   
Q4'18
   
Q3'18
   
Q2'18
   
Q1'18
 
Worldwide
                                                           
Proprietary consumer
   
7
%
   
10
%
   
11
%
   
13
%
   
15
%
   
9
%
   
11
%
   
12
%
   
12
%
   
12
%
Proprietary commercial
   
7
     
9
     
11
     
12
     
13
     
8
     
10
     
12
     
12
     
11
 
Proprietary
   
7
     
9
     
11
     
12
     
13
     
9
     
10
     
12
     
12
     
11
 
GNS
   
(10
)
   
(9
)
   
(5
)
   
(1
)
   
8
     
(4
)
   
(4
)
   
(1
)
   
(3
)
   
3
 
Total
   
4
     
6
     
8
     
10
     
12
     
7
     
8
     
10
     
9
     
10
 
Airline-related volume (9% of Q1'19 Worldwide Total)
   
1
     
5
     
7
     
8
     
10
     
5
     
8
     
9
     
7
     
6
 
 
                                                                               
U.S.
                                                                               
Proprietary consumer
   
7
     
9
     
10
     
10
     
11
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
 
Proprietary commercial
   
7
     
9
     
10
     
10
     
10
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
 
Proprietary
   
7
     
8
     
10
     
10
     
10
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
     
n/a
 
Total
   
7
     
9
     
10
     
10
     
10
     
n/a
     
n/a