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News Release     News Release     News Release      News Release      News Release

 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

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

Investors/Analysts Contacts:
Ken Paukowits, ken.f.paukowits@aexp.com , +1.212.640.6348
Toby Willard, sherwood.s.willardjr@aexp.com, +1.212.640.5574


AMERICAN EXPRESS REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER EPS OF $0.89 OR $1.23 WHEN ADJUSTED FOR IMPAIRMENT AND RESTRUCTURING CHARGES1

CARD MEMBER SPENDING AND LOANS CONTINUED TO RISE

COMPANY EXPECTS 2016 EPS OF $5.40-$5.70
OUTLOOK INCLUDES MULTI-YEAR PLAN TO TAKE $1 BILLION OUT OF COST STRUCTURE


(Millions, except percentages and per share amounts)

   
Quarters Ended
December 31,
   
Percentage
Inc/(Dec)
   
Years Ended
December 31,
   
Percentage
Inc/(Dec)
 
   
2015
   
2014
       
2015
   
2014
     
Total Revenues Net of Interest Expense
 
$
8,391
   
$
9,081
     
(8
)
 
$
32,818
   
$
34,188
     
(4
)
Net Income
 
$
899
   
$
1,447
     
(38
)
 
$
5,163
   
$
5,885
     
(12
)
Earnings Per Common Share – Diluted:
                                               
Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders2
 
$
0.89
   
$
1.39
     
(36
)
 
$
5.05
   
$
5.56
     
(9
)
Average Diluted Common Shares Outstanding
   
981
     
1,033
     
(5
)
   
1,003
     
1,051
     
(5
)
Return on Average Equity
   
24.0
%
   
29.1
%
           
24.0
%
   
29.1
%
       



New York – January 21, 2016 – American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) today reported fourth-quarter net income of $899 million, down from $1.4 billion a year ago.  The current and year-ago quarters included a number of significant items that affected year-over-year comparisons.
 


1  Adjusted EPS and adjusted ROE, non-GAAP measures, exclude a $335MM after-tax charge ($419MM pretax) in Enterprise Growth, which was driven primarily by the impairment of goodwill and technology assets in addition to restructuring costs.  Management believes adjusted EPS and adjusted ROE are useful in evaluating the ongoing operating performance of the Company. See Appendix IV for reconciliations to EPS and ROE on a GAAP basis.
2  Represents net income less (i) earnings allocated to participating share awards of $6 million and $11 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $38 million and $46 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and (ii) dividends on preferred shares of $20 million and nil for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $62 million and nil for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
 
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The fourth quarter of 2015 included:
·
A $419 million charge ($335 million after-tax) that included an impairment of goodwill and technology assets, in addition to restructuring costs within the Enterprise Growth (EG) Group.

The year-ago quarter included:
·
A $719 million gain ($453 million after-tax) on the sale of the company’s investment in Concur Technologies;
·
A restructuring charge of $313 million ($206 million after-tax);
·
Incremental spending, which was largely reflected in higher marketing and promotion expenses;
·
The renewal of the company’s partnership with Delta Air Lines, which increased rewards costs by $109 million ($68 million after-tax).

The strong appreciation of the U.S. dollar had an impact on revenues and expenses and suppressed earnings in both quarters.

Diluted earnings per share for fourth quarter 2015 was $0.89, or $1.23 on an adjusted basis excluding the EG charge, compared to $1.39 a year ago.1

Fourth-quarter consolidated total revenues net of interest expense totaled $8.4 billion, down 8 percent from $9.1 billion a year ago.  Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates and last year’s Concur gain, adjusted revenues increased 4 percent.3 The increase primarily reflected continued growth in net interest income and higher Card Member spending.

Consolidated provisions for losses totaled $572 million, down 2 percent from $582 million a year ago. The decrease primarily reflected the impact of the reclassification of certain co-brand loan portfolios to "held for sale," as credit costs associated with those portfolios are now reported in other operating expenses beginning in December 2015.

Consolidated expenses totaled $6.4 billion, up 1 percent from $6.3 billion a year ago.  Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates, consolidated expenses rose 4 percent.4  The current quarter reflected the EG charge.  Last year’s quarter included the restructuring charge and co-brand partnership renewal costs.  Both periods included incremental spending mentioned above.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 38 percent, up from 35 percent a year ago.  The increase primarily reflected non-deductible expenses included in the EG charge mentioned earlier.
 


Adjusted revenue growth and adjusted revenue growth on an FX adjusted basis are non-GAAP measures and exclude the Q4’14 gain on the sale of the Concur investment. Management believes adjusted revenue growth is useful in evaluating the ongoing operating performance of the Company. See footnote 4 for an explanation of FX adjusted information and Appendix IV for a reconciliation to total revenues net of interest expense on a GAAP basis.
As reported in this release, FX-adjusted information assumes a constant exchange rate between the periods being compared for purposes of currency translation into U.S. dollars (i.e., assumes the foreign exchange rates used to determine results for the three months ended December 31, 2015 apply to the period(s) against which such results are being compared). Certain amounts included in the calculation of FX-adjusted revenues and expenses, which constitute non-GAAP measures, are subject to management allocations. The company 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.
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The company's return on average equity (ROE) was 24.0 percent, down from 29.1 percent a year ago.  Excluding the EG charge, adjusted ROE was 25.6 percent.1

For the full year, the company reported net income of $5.2 billion, down 12 percent from $5.9 billion a year ago.  Diluted earnings per share was $5.05, or $5.38 on an adjusted basis excluding the EG charge, compared to $5.56 a year ago.1

Revenues net of interest expense for the full year decreased 4 percent (flat FX adjusted4) to $32.8 billion from $34.2 billion a year ago.

Consolidated expenses decreased 1 percent to $22.9 billion from $23.2 billion a year ago.  Adjusted for foreign currency translations, consolidated expenses increased 3 percent.4

Outlook

“Our 2015 results and outlook reflect the reset in co-brand economics, pressures on merchant fees, the evolving regulatory environment and intense competition that have been re-shaping the payments industry,” said Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief executive officer.  “A number of cyclical factors in the broader economy have also weighed on our performance and influenced our outlook.  Against that backdrop, and the fact that revenue growth has not accelerated as we anticipated, we are moving aggressively  to streamline the company and drive efficiencies in order to take out $1 billion from our overall cost base by the end of 2017.

“We now expect 2016 EPS between $5.40 and $5.70.  This reflects a substantial benefit from the planned sale of the Costco co-brand portfolio, offset in part by a continuation of elevated spending on growth opportunities as well as the loss of a partial year of Costco-related earnings.  The portfolio transaction is expected to occur mid-year. 

“For 2017, we are now targeting EPS of at least $5.60.  That includes growing over the portfolio gain and this year’s Costco-related earnings.  It also includes a combination of accelerated revenue growth, aggressive expense reductions and the use of our capital strength to create value for shareholders.  The 2016-17 earnings targets do not include restructuring charges or other contingencies.

“We have a great set of assets to draw upon, including a trusted brand, financial strength, an integrated business model, world class service and a history of innovation. We’re confident that we’ll not just deal with our near-term challenges, but return to growth and position the company for long-term success.” 


Segment Results

U.S. Card Services reported fourth-quarter net income of $799 million, up 20 percent from $665 million a year ago.
 
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Total revenues net of interest expense increased 5 percent to $4.8 billion, from $4.6 billion a year ago.  The rise reflected higher net interest income from growth in the loan portfolio, as well as an increase in net card fees and Card Member spending.

Provisions for losses totaled $440 million, up 10 percent from $399 million a year ago. The increase primarily reflected a larger build in reserves this quarter, compared to a year ago.  The current quarter’s provisions benefited from the reclassification of certain co-brand loan portfolios to "held for sale," as credit costs associated with those portfolios are now reported in other operating expenses, beginning in December 2015.

Total expenses were flat at $3.1 billion compared to a year ago. The current quarter reflected higher Card Member services costs and investment spending that was maintained at an elevated level.  The year-ago quarter included a portion of the three significant expense items mentioned earlier.

The effective tax rate was 36 percent, down from 39 percent a year ago.

International Card Services reported fourth-quarter net income of $73 million, up from $33 million a year ago.

Total revenues net of interest expense were $1.3 billion, down 5 percent from $1.4 billion a year ago.   Adjusted for foreign currency translations, revenues were up 6 percent, primarily reflecting higher Card Member spending.4

Total expenses were $1.1 billion, down 11 percent from $1.3 billion a year ago.  Adjusted for foreign currency translations, expenses were down 4 percent from last year, which included a portion of the previously mentioned restructuring charge a year ago.4

The effective tax rate was 2.7 percent, reflecting the impact of recurring permanent tax benefits on varying levels of pre-tax income.

Global Commercial Services reported fourth-quarter net income of $132 million, down 78 percent from $594 million a year ago, which included the Concur gain.

Total revenues net of interest expense totaled $817 million, down 48 percent from $1.6 billion a year ago, which included the Concur gain.  Excluding the Concur gain, adjusted revenues decreased 6 percent.3

Total expenses decreased 7 percent (down 4 percent FX-adjusted4) to $547 million, from $586 million a year ago, which included a portion of the restructuring charge in the prior year.

The effective tax rate was 44 percent, up from 37 percent a year ago, reflecting the impact of certain non-deductible foreign losses.
 
 
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Global Network & Merchant Services reported fourth-quarter net income of $417 million, unchanged from a year ago.

Total revenues net of interest expense totaled $1.4 billion, down 4 percent from $1.5 billion a year ago. On an FX-adjusted basis, revenues increased 1 percent.4

Total expenses decreased 4 percent to $743 million, from $772 million a year ago.  On an FX-adjusted basis, expenses increased 1 percent.4

Corporate and Other reported fourth-quarter net loss of $522 million, which included the EG charge.  This compared to a net loss of $262 million a year ago.

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About American Express
American Express is a global services 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, foursquare.com/americanexpresslinkedin.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, Plenti rewards program, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, corporate cardbusiness travel and corporate responsibility.

The 2015 Fourth Quarter/Full Year Earnings Supplement will be available today on the American Express website at http://ir.americanexpress.com. An investor conference call will be held at 5:00 p.m. (ET) today to discuss fourth-quarter earnings results and the company’s 2016-2017 outlook. Live audio and presentation slides for the investor conference call will be available to the general public at the same website. A replay of the conference call will be available later today at the same website address.

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 the Company’s expected business and financial performance and which include management’s outlook for 2015-2017, among other matters, contain words such as “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “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 earnings per common share (“EPS”) growth between $5.40 and $5.70 for 2016 and at least $5.60 for 2017, which will depend in part on the following: an acceleration of billed business and revenue growth, which could be impacted by, among other things, weakening economic conditions in the U.S. or internationally, a decline in consumer confidence impacting the willingness and ability of Card Members to sustain spending, a further decline in gas prices, a further strengthening of the U.S. dollar, a greater erosion of the average discount rate than expected and lower spending on new cards acquired than estimated; the Company’s success

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 in addressing competitive pressures and implementing its strategies and business initiatives, including growing profitable spending through proprietary, co-brand and network products, increasing penetration among corporate, middle market and small business clients, expanding its international footprint, growing loyalty coalitions and increasing merchant acceptance; the timing and impact of any potential sale of the Costco U.S. Card Member loan portfolio; realizing incremental economics associated with the Costco U.S. contract extension, which could be impacted by, among other things, Card Member behavior, including the desire of Costco U.S. Card Members to continue to use their Costco U.S. cobrand cards and the availability to those Card Members of other payment forms; the impact of any potential restructuring charges or other contingencies, including, but not limited to, litigation-related expenses, impairments, the imposition of fines or civil money penalties, an increase in Card Member reimbursements and changes in reserves; credit performance remaining in line with current expectations; continued growth of Card Member loans held for investment; the ability to continue to realize benefits from restructuring actions and operating leverage at levels consistent with current expectations; the amount the Company spends on growth initiatives; changes in interest rates beyond current expectations; 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 Company’s tax rate being in the 34-35% range, which could be impacted by, among other things, the Company’s geographic mix of income being weighted more to higher tax jurisdictions than expected and unfavorable tax audits and other unanticipated tax items; the impact of accounting changes and reclassifications; and the Company’s ability to continue executing its share repurchase program;
·
the actual amount to be spent on growth initiatives, including on marketing and promotion, 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, the amount of any potential gain arising from a sale of the Costco U.S. Card Member loan portfolio management decides to spend on growth initiatives, contractual obligations with business partners, 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 performance, and the Company’s ability to realize efficiencies and control expenses to fund such spending;
·
the ability of the Company to reduce its overall cost base by $1 billion by the end of 2017 and to realize the full benefit of the Company’s actions by the beginning of 2018, which will depend in part on the timing and financial impact of the Company’s future reengineering plans (including whether the Company will recognize restructuring charges in future periods), which could be impacted by factors such as the Company’s inability to mitigate the operational and other risks posed by potential staff reductions, the Company’s inability to develop and implement technology resources to realize cost savings, underestimating hiring needs related to some of the job positions being eliminated and other employee needs not currently anticipated, lower than expected attrition rates and higher than expected redeployment rates; the ability of the Company to reduce annual operating expenses, which could be impacted by, among other things, the factors identified below; and the ability of the Company to optimize and lower marketing and promotion expenses, which could be impacted by higher advertising and mailing costs, competitive pressures that may require additional expenditures or limit the Company’s ability to reduce costs, contractual obligations with business partners, the availability of opportunities to invest at a higher level due to favorable business results and changes in macroeconomic conditions;

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·
the ability to reduce annual operating expenses, which could be impacted by increases in significant categories of operating expenses, such as consulting or professional fees, including as a result of increased litigation, compliance or regulatory-related costs, technology costs or fraud costs; the ability of the Company to develop, implement and achieve substantial benefits from reengineering plans; higher than expected employee levels; 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; the Company’s decision to increase or decrease spending in such areas as technology, business and product development and sales forces depending on overall business performance; greater than expected inflation or merit increases; the Company’s ability to balance expense control and investments in the business; the impact of accounting changes and reclassifications; and the level of acquisition activity and related expenses;
·
the Company’s lending write-off rates increasing more quickly than current expectations and the Company’s provision expense being higher than current expectations, which will depend in part on changes in the level of loan balances, delinquency rates of Card Members, unemployment rates, the volume of bankruptcies and recoveries of previously written-off loans;
·
the Company’s ability to execute against its lending strategy and grow Card Member loans held for investment, including by targeting new lending prospects and deepening relationships with current customers, which may be affected by increasing competition, brand perceptions and reputation, the Company’s ability to manage risk in a growing Card Member loan portfolio, and the behavior of the Company’s Card Members and their actual spending and borrowing patterns, which in turn may be driven by the Company’s ability to issue new and enhanced card products, offer attractive services and rewards programs, attract new Card Members, reduce Card Member attrition and capture a greater share of existing Card Members’ spending and borrowing;
·
uncertainties associated with the timing and impact of any potential sale of the Costco U.S. Card Member loan portfolio and the extension of the merchant acceptance agreement, such as the negotiation and execution of definitive documentation, operational issues related to the transfer of Card Member loans and accounts, the parties’ ability to satisfy the closing conditions and the amount of any gain recognized by the Company as a result of a sale, which could be impacted by the credit quality and performance of the portfolio, the amount of any volume decline experienced by the cobrand portfolio and the timing of the potential sale as the gain will be determined by the amount of the aggregate outstanding loans transferred at closing;
·
the possibility that the Company will not fully execute on its plans for OptBlue to significantly increase merchant coverage and move toward parity coverage with other card networks in the U.S., which will depend in part on the success of OptBlue merchant acquirers in signing merchants to accept American Express, which could be impacted by the pricing set by the merchant acquirers, the value proposition offered to small merchants and the priority given to the Company by OptBlue merchant acquirers, as well as the willingness of Card Members to use American Express cards at small merchants and of those merchants to actively accept American Express cards;

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·
the erosion of the average discount rate by a greater amount than anticipated during 2016 and beyond, including as a result of changes in the mix of spending by location and industry, volume-related pricing discounts, strategic investments, certain pricing initiatives, competition, pricing regulation (including regulation of competitors’ interchange rates) and other factors;
·
uncertainty relating to the ultimate outcome of the antitrust lawsuit filed against the Company by the U.S. Department of Justice and certain state attorneys general, including the success or failure of our appeal and the impact on existing private merchant cases and potentially additional litigation and/or arbitrations;
·
the ability of the Company to return capital to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases, including the opportunity for incremental capital returns related to the Costco U.S. portfolio sale, which will depend on factors such as approval of the Company’s capital plans by its primary regulators, the amount the Company spends on acquisitions and the Company’s results of operations and capital needs in any given period;
·
the ability of the Company to drive growth by developing and marketing value propositions that appeal to Card Members and new customers and by offering attractive services and rewards programs, which will depend in part on the Company’s ongoing investment in product innovation, marketing and promotion and acquisition efforts, including through digital channels; the ability of the Company to update its systems and platforms to support new products, services and benefits; the degree of interest of Card Members in the value proposition offered by the Company; the Company’s ability to tailor new products and services to make them attractive to Card Members; competition; and brand perceptions and reputation;
·
the ability of the Company to meet its long-term earnings per share growth target, which will depend on factors such as the Company’s success in implementing its strategies and business initiatives and on factors outside management’s control including the willingness and ability of Card Members to sustain spending, regulatory and competitive pressures, credit trends, currency and interest rate fluctuations, and changes in general economic conditions, such as GDP growth, consumer confidence, unemployment and the housing market; and
·
factors beyond the Company’s control such as changes in global economic and business conditions, including consumer and business spending, the availability and cost of capital, unemployment and political conditions, foreign currency rates, fire, power loss, disruptions in telecommunications, severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health pandemics, terrorism, cyber attacks or fraud, which could significantly affect spending on American Express cards, delinquency rates, loan balances and travel-related spending 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 the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30, 2015 and the Company’s other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
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American Express Company
 (Preliminary)
Consolidated Statements of Income
 
(Millions, except percentages and per share amounts)
 

   
Quarters Ended
   
% Change
   
Years Ended
   
% Change
 
   
Dec 31,
   
Sep 30,
   
Jun 30,
   
Mar 31,
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
 
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
 
Revenues
                                   
Non-interest revenues
                                   
Discount revenue (A)
 
$
4,913
   
$
4,778
   
$
4,946
   
$
4,660
   
$
4,961
     
(1
)
 
$
19,297
   
$
19,389
     
(0
)
Net card fees
   
687
     
679
     
667
     
667
     
671
     
2
     
2,700
     
2,712
     
(0
)
Other fees and commissions (B)
   
704
     
727
     
727
     
708
     
715
     
(2
)
   
2,866
     
3,626
     
(21
)
Other
   
540
     
504
     
521
     
468
     
1,310
     
(59
)
   
2,033
     
2,989
     
(32
)
Total non-interest revenues
   
6,844
     
6,688
     
6,861
     
6,503
     
7,657
     
(11
)
   
26,896
     
28,716
     
(6
)
Interest income
                                                                       
Interest on loans
   
1,891
     
1,847
     
1,776
     
1,795
     
1,769
     
7
     
7,309
     
6,929
     
5
 
Interest and dividends on investment securities
   
37
     
38
     
41
     
41
     
43
     
(14
)
   
157
     
179
     
(12
)
Deposits with banks and other
   
19
     
19
     
20
     
21
     
17
     
12
     
79
     
71
     
11
 
Total interest income
   
1,947
     
1,904
     
1,837
     
1,857
     
1,829
     
6
     
7,545
     
7,179
     
5
 
Interest expense
                                                                       
Deposits
   
138
     
125
     
109
     
103
     
97
     
42
     
475
     
373
     
27
 
Long-term debt and other
   
262
     
274
     
305
     
307
     
308
     
(15
)
   
1,148
     
1,334
     
(14
)
Total interest expense
   
400
     
399
     
414
     
410
     
405
     
(1
)
   
1,623
     
1,707
     
(5
)
Net interest income
   
1,547
     
1,505
     
1,423
     
1,447
     
1,424
     
9
     
5,922
     
5,472
     
8
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
   
8,391
     
8,193
     
8,284
     
7,950
     
9,081
     
(8
)
   
32,818
     
34,188
     
(4
)
Provisions for losses
                                                                       
Charge card
   
195
     
203
     
165
     
174
     
198
     
(2
)
   
737
     
792
     
(7
)
Card Member loans
   
361
     
309
     
285
     
235
     
341
     
6
     
1,190
     
1,138
     
5
 
Other
   
16
     
17
     
17
     
11
     
43
     
(63
)
   
61
     
114
     
(46
)
Total provisions for losses
   
572
     
529
     
467
     
420
     
582
     
(2
)
   
1,988
     
2,044
     
(3
)
Total revenues net of interest expense after provisions for losses
   
7,819
     
7,664
     
7,817
     
7,530
     
8,499
     
(8
)
   
30,830
     
32,144
     
(4
)
     
Expenses
                                                                       
Marketing and promotion (A)
   
892
     
847
     
761
     
609
     
887
     
1
     
3,109
     
3,216
     
(3
)
Card Member rewards
   
1,794
     
1,763
     
1,799
     
1,640
     
1,881
     
(5
)
   
6,996
     
6,931
     
1
 
Card Member services and other
   
246
     
269
     
242
     
261
     
203
     
21
     
1,018
     
822
     
24
 
Salaries and employee benefits
   
1,209
     
1,212
     
1,250
     
1,305
     
1,607
     
(25
)
   
4,976
     
6,095
     
(18
)
Professional services
   
784
     
687
     
655
     
624
     
768
     
2
     
2,750
     
3,008
     
(9
)
Occupancy and equipment
   
482
     
523
     
415
     
434
     
446
     
8
     
1,854
     
1,807
     
3
 
Communications
   
88
     
84
     
85
     
88
     
98
     
(10
)
   
345
     
383
     
(10
)
Other, net
   
870
     
341
     
380
     
253
     
384
     
#
     
1,844
     
891
     
#
 
Total
   
6,365
     
5,726
     
5,587
     
5,214
     
6,274
     
1
     
22,892
     
23,153
     
(1
)
Pretax income
   
1,454
     
1,938
     
2,230
     
2,316
     
2,225
     
(35
)
   
7,938
     
8,991
     
(12
)
Income tax provision
   
555
     
672
     
757
     
791
     
778
     
(29
)
   
2,775
     
3,106
     
(11
)
Net income
 
$
899
   
$
1,266
   
$
1,473
   
$
1,525
   
$
1,447
     
(38
)
 
$
5,163
   
$
5,885
     
(12
)
Net income attributable to common shareholders (C)
 
$
873
   
$
1,234
   
$
1,442
   
$
1,514
   
$
1,436
     
(39
)
 
$
5,063
   
$
5,839
     
(13
)
Effective tax rate
   
38.2
%
   
34.7
%
   
33.9
%
   
34.2
%
   
35.0
%
           
35.0
%
   
34.5
%
       
                                                                         
Earnings Per Common Share
   
                                                                         
BASIC
                                                                       
Net income attributable to common shareholders
 
$
0.89
   
$
1.24
   
$
1.43
   
$
1.49
   
$
1.40
     
(36
)
 
$
5.07
   
$
5.58
     
(9
)
Average common shares outstanding
   
977
     
994
     
1,009
     
1,019
     
1,028
     
(5
)
   
999
     
1,045
     
(4
)
DILUTED
                                                                       
Net income attributable to common shareholders
 
$
0.89
   
$
1.24
   
$
1.42
   
$
1.48
   
$
1.39
     
(36
)
 
$
5.05
   
$
5.56
     
(9
)
Average common shares outstanding
   
981
     
997
     
1,013
     
1,023
     
1,033
     
(5
)
   
1,003
     
1,051
     
(5
)
Cash dividends declared per common share
 
$
0.29
   
$
0.29
   
$
0.29
   
$
0.26
   
$
0.26
     
12
   
$
1.13
   
$
1.01
     
12
 
     

# - Denotes a variance of more than 100 percent.
 

 
See Appendix V for footnote references
-9-


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

   
Quarters Ended
   
% Change
 
   
Dec 31,
   
Sep 30,
   
Jun 30,
   
Mar 31,
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
 
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
 
Assets
                       
Cash & cash equivalents
 
$
23
   
$
20
   
$
21
   
$
24
   
$
22
     
5
 
Card Member loans and receivables held for sale
   
15
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Accounts receivable
   
47
     
46
     
47
     
46
     
47
     
-
 
Investment securities
   
4
     
4
     
5
     
4
     
4
     
-
 
Loans
   
59
     
69
     
69
     
67
     
70
     
(16
)
Other assets
   
13
     
15
     
15
     
14
     
16
     
(19
)
Total assets
 
$
161
   
$
154
   
$
157
   
$
155
   
$
159
     
1
 
                                                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
                                               
Customer deposits
 
$
55
   
$
49
   
$
47
   
$
45
   
$
44
     
25
 
Short-term borrowings
   
5
     
3
     
4
     
2
     
3
     
67
 
Long-term debt
   
48
     
49
     
53
     
55
     
58
     
(17
)
Other liabilities
   
32
     
32
     
31
     
31
     
33
     
(3
)
Total liabilities
   
140
     
133
     
135
     
133
     
138
     
1
 
                                                 
Shareholders' Equity
   
21
     
21
     
22
     
22
     
21
     
-
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
$
161
   
$
154
   
$
157
   
$
155
   
$
159
     
1
 
                                                 
Selected Statistical Information
                                               
                                                 
Return on average equity (D)
   
24.0
%
   
26.8
%
   
28.1
%
   
29.0
%
   
29.1
%
       
Return on average common equity (D)
   
25.2
%
   
27.8
%
   
28.8
%
   
29.3
%
   
29.0
%
       
Return on average tangible common equity (D)
   
31.0
%
   
34.2
%
   
35.4
%
   
36.2
%
   
35.9
%
       
Common shares outstanding (millions)
   
969
     
985
     
1,002
     
1,016
     
1,023
     
(5
)
Book value per common share (dollars) (E)
 
$
19.71
   
$
20.06
   
$
20.27
   
$
19.93
   
$
19.49
     
1
 
Shareholders' equity
 
$
20.7
   
$
21.3
   
$
21.9
   
$
21.8
   
$
20.7
     
0
 

# - Denotes a variance of more than 100 percent.
 

 See Appendix V for footnote references
-10-



American Express Company
 (Preliminary)
Financial Summary
 
(Millions)
 

   
Quarters Ended
   
% Change
   
Years Ended
   
% Change
 
   
Dec 31,
   
Sep 30,
   
Jun 30,
   
Mar 31,
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
 
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
                                   
U.S. Card Services
 
$
4,813
   
$
4,729
   
$
4,726
   
$
4,525
   
$
4,594
     
5
   
$
18,793
   
$
17,810
     
6
 
International Card Services
   
1,281
     
1,238
     
1,258
     
1,241
     
1,355
     
(5
)
   
5,018
     
5,492
     
(9
)
Global Commercial Services
   
817
     
817
     
881
     
827
     
1,585
     
(48
)
   
3,342
     
4,948
     
(32
)
Global Network & Merchant Services
   
1,418
     
1,370
     
1,396
     
1,344
     
1,477
     
(4
)
   
5,528
     
5,747
     
(4
)
     
8,329
     
8,154
     
8,261
     
7,937
     
9,011
     
(8
)
   
32,681
     
33,997
     
(4
)
Corporate & Other
   
62
     
39
     
23
     
13
     
70
     
(11
)
   
137
     
191
     
(28
)
                                                                         
CONSOLIDATED TOTAL REVENUES NET OF INTEREST EXPENSE
 
$
8,391
   
$
8,193
   
$
8,284
   
$
7,950
   
$
9,081
     
(8
)
 
$
32,818
   
$
34,188
     
(4
)
                                                                         
Pretax income (loss)
                                                                       
U.S. Card Services
 
$
1,247
   
$
1,262
   
$
1,366
   
$
1,480
   
$
1,083
     
15
   
$
5,355
   
$
5,100
     
5
 
International Card Services
   
75
     
105
     
144
     
184
     
1
     
#
     
508
     
449
     
13
 
Global Commercial Services
   
237
     
238
     
314
     
284
     
949
     
(75
)
   
1,073
     
2,408
     
(55
)
Global Network & Merchant Services
   
659
     
723
     
695
     
698
     
670
     
(2
)
   
2,775
     
2,620
     
6
 
     
2,218
     
2,328
     
2,519
     
2,646
     
2,703
     
(18
)
   
9,711
     
10,577
     
(8
)
Corporate & Other
   
(764
)
   
(390
)
   
(289
)
   
(330
)
   
(478
)
   
60
     
(1,773
)
   
(1,586
)
   
12
 
                                                                         
PRETAX INCOME
 
$
1,454
   
$
1,938
   
$
2,230
   
$
2,316
   
$
2,225
     
(35
)
 
$
7,938
   
$
8,991
     
(12
)
                                                                         
Net income (loss)
                                                                       
U.S. Card Services
 
$
799
   
$
794
   
$
886
   
$
934
   
$
665
     
20
   
$
3,413
   
$
3,200
     
7
 
International Card Services
   
73
     
89
     
125
     
134
     
33
     
#
     
421
     
411
     
2
 
Global Commercial Services
   
132
     
151
     
203
     
180
     
594
     
(78
)
   
666
     
1,543
     
(57
)
Global Network & Merchant Services
   
417
     
462
     
448
     
444
     
417
     
-
     
1,771
     
1,660
     
7
 
     
1,421
     
1,496
     
1,662
     
1,692
     
1,709
     
(17
)
   
6,271
     
6,814
     
(8
)
Corporate & Other
   
(522
)
   
(230
)
   
(189
)
   
(167
)
   
(262
)
   
99
     
(1,108
)
   
(929
)
   
19
 
                                                                         
NET INCOME
 
$
899
   
$
1,266
   
$
1,473
   
$
1,525
   
$
1,447
     
(38
)
 
$
5,163
   
$
5,885
     
(12
)

# - Denotes a variance of more than 100 percent.
 
 
 
See Appendix V for footnote references
-11-


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

   
Quarters Ended
   
% Change
   
Years Ended
   
% Change
 
   
Dec 31,
   
Sep 30,
   
Jun 30,
   
Mar 31,
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
 
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
 
Card billed business (F):
                                   
United States
 
$
189.9
   
$
180.3
   
$
181.6
   
$
169.2
   
$
182.5
     
4
   
$
721.0
   
$
688.1
     
5
 
Outside the United States
   
83.3
     
78.6
     
80.4
     
76.4
     
86.0
     
(3
)
   
318.7
     
334.7
     
(5
)
Total
 
$
273.2
   
$
258.9
   
$
262.0
   
$
245.6
   
$
268.5
     
2
   
$
1,039.7
   
$
1,022.8
     
2
 
Total cards-in-force (G) (millions):
                                                                       
United States
   
57.6
     
56.4
     
55.3
     
54.8
     
54.9
     
5
     
57.6
     
54.9
     
5
 
Outside the United States
   
60.2
     
59.4
     
58.5
     
57.4
     
57.3
     
5
     
60.2
     
57.3
     
5
 
Total
   
117.8
     
115.8
     
113.8
     
112.2
     
112.2
     
5
     
117.8
     
112.2
     
5
 
Basic cards-in-force (G) (millions):
                                                                       
United States
   
44.8
     
43.6
     
42.8
     
42.4
     
42.6
     
5
     
44.8
     
42.6
     
5
 
Outside the United States
   
49.5
     
49.0
     
48.2
     
47.3
     
47.0
     
5
     
49.5
     
47
     
5
 
Total
   
94.3
     
92.6
     
91.0
     
89.7
     
89.6
     
5
     
94.3
     
89.6
     
5
 
                                                                         
Average discount rate (A) (H)
   
2.42
%
   
2.46
%
   
2.49
%
   
2.49
%
   
2.44
%
           
2.46
%
   
2.48
%
       
Average basic Card Member spending (dollars) (I)
 
$
4,305
   
$
4,165
   
$
4,272
   
$
4,008
   
$
4,377
     
(2
)
 
$
16,743
   
$
16,884
     
(1
)
Average fee per card (dollars) (I)
 
$
39
   
$
39
   
$
39
   
$
39
   
$
39
     
-
   
$
39
   
$
40
     
(3
)
Average fee per card adjusted (dollars) (I)
 
$
43
   
$
44
   
$
43
   
$
44
   
$
44
     
(2
)
 
$
44
   
$
45
     
(2
)
                                                                         
Worldwide Card Member receivables: (J)
                                                                       
Total receivables
 
$
44.1
   
$
44.3
   
$
44.9
   
$
43.7
   
$
44.9
     
(2
)
 
$
44.1
   
$
44.9
     
(2
)
Loss reserves (millions):
                                                                       
Beginning balance
 
$
441
   
$
420
   
$
429
   
$
465
   
$
432
     
2
   
$
465
   
$
386
     
20
 
Provisions (K)
   
195
     
203
     
165
     
174
     
198
     
(2
)
   
737
     
792
     
(7
)
Net write-offs (L)
   
(169
)
   
(174
)
   
(171
)
   
(199
)
   
(156
)
   
8
     
(713
)
   
(683
)
   
4
 
Other (M)
   
(5
)
   
(8
)
   
(3
)
   
(11
)
   
(9
)
   
(44
)
   
(27
)
   
(30
)
   
(10
)
Ending balance
 
$
462
   
$
441
   
$
420
   
$
429
   
$
465
     
(1
)
 
$
462
   
$
465
     
(1
)
% of receivables
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
   
0.9
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
           
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
       
Net write-off rate (principal only) - USCS/ICS (N)
   
1.7
%
   
1.8
%
   
1.7
%
   
2.1
%
   
1.5
%
           
1.8
%
   
1.7
%
       
Net write-off rate (principal and fees) - USCS/ICS (N)
   
1.9
%
   
2.0
%
   
1.9
%
   
2.3
%
   
1.7
%
           
2.0
%
   
1.9
%
       
30 days past due as a % of total - USCS/ICS
   
1.5
%
   
1.6
%
   
1.5
%
   
1.6
%
   
1.6
%
           
1.5
%
   
1.6
%
       
Net loss ratio (as a % of charge volume) - GCS
   
0.08
%
   
0.08
%
   
0.09
%
   
0.10
%
   
0.08
%
           
0.09
%
   
0.09
%
       
90 days past billing as a % of total - GCS
   
0.9
%
   
0.7
%
   
0.7
%
   
0.7
%
   
0.8
%
           
0.9
%
   
0.8
%
       
                                                                         
Worldwide Card Member loans: (J)
                                                                       
Total loans
 
$
58.6
   
$
68.9
   
$
69.0
   
$
66.8
   
$
70.4
     
(17
)
 
$
58.6
   
$
70.4
     
(17
)
Loss reserves (millions):
                                                                       
Beginning balance
 
$
1,164
   
$
1,132
   
$
1,130
   
$
1,201
   
$
1,146
     
2
   
$
1,201
   
$
1,261
     
(5
)
Provisions (K)
   
361
     
309
     
285
     
235
     
341
     
6
     
1,190
     
1,138
     
5
 
Net write-offs - principal (L)
   
(234
)
   
(231
)
   
(243
)
   
(259
)
   
(237
)
   
(1
)
   
(967
)
   
(1,023
)
   
(5
)
Net write-offs - interest and fees (L)
   
(40
)
   
(37
)
   
(42
)
   
(43
)
   
(40
)
   
-
     
(162
)
   
(164
)
   
(1
)
Reserves transferred to held for sale
   
(224
)
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
(224
)
   
-
     
-
 
Other (M)
   
1
     
(9
)
   
2
     
(4
)
   
(9
)
   
#
     
(10
)
   
(11
)
   
(9
)
Ending balance
 
$
1,028
   
$
1,164
   
$
1,132
   
$
1,130
   
$
1,201
     
(14
)
 
$
1,028
   
$
1,201
     
(14
)
Ending reserves - principal
 
$
975
   
$
1,114
   
$
1,076
   
$
1,074
   
$
1,149
     
(15
)
 
$
975
   
$
1,149
     
(15
)
Ending reserves - interest and fees
 
$
53
   
$
50
   
$
56
   
$
56
   
$
52
     
2
   
$
53
   
$
52
     
2
 
% of loans
   
1.8
%
   
1.7
%
   
1.6
%
   
1.7
%
   
1.7
%
           
1.8
%
   
1.7
%
       
% of past due
   
164
%
   
164
%
   
171
%
   
163
%
   
167
%
           
164
%
   
167
%
       
Average loans
 
$
67.1
   
$
69.0
   
$
68.0
   
$
67.6
   
$
67.7
     
(1
)
 
$
67.9
   
$
66.0
     
3
 
Net write-off rate (principal only) (N)
   
1.4
%
   
1.3
%
   
1.4
%
   
1.5
%
   
1.4
%
           
1.4
%
   
1.5
%
       
Net write-off rate (principal, interest and fees) (N)
   
1.6
%
   
1.6
%
   
1.7
%
   
1.8
%
   
1.6
%
           
1.7
%
   
1.8
%
       
30 days past due loans as a % of total
   
1.1
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
   
1.0
%
           
1.1
%
   
1.0
%
       
Net interest income divided by average loans* (O)
   
8.7
%
   
8.7
%
   
8.4
%
   
8.6
%
   
8.4
%
           
8.6
%
   
8.3
%
       
Net interest yield on Card Member loans (O)
   
9.4
%
   
9.5
%
   
9.3
%
   
9.6
%
   
9.3
%
           
9.4
%
   
9.3
%
       

* - Annualized
                                   
# - Denotes a variance of more than 100 percent.
 
                                       
 
 
See Appendix V for footnote references
-12-


U.S. Card Services
 (Preliminary)
Selected Income Statement Data
 
(Millions, except percentages)
 

   
Quarters Ended
   
% Change
   
Years Ended
   
% Change
 
   
Dec 31,
   
Sep 30,
   
Jun 30,
   
Mar 31,
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
   
Dec 31,
   
Dec 31, 2015 vs.
 
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
   
2015
   
2014
   
Dec 31, 2014
 
Revenues
                                   
Non-interest revenues (A)
 
$
3,358
   
$
3,302
   
$
3,372
   
$
3,148
   
$
3,253
     
3
   
$
13,180
   
$
12,628
     
4
 
Interest income
   
1,628
     
1,593
     
1,517
     
1,529
     
1,490
     
9
     
6,267
     
5,786
     
8
 
Interest expense
   
173
     
166
     
163
     
152
     
149
     
16
     
654
     
604
     
8
 
Net interest income
   
1,455
     
1,427
     
1,354
     
1,377
     
1,341
     
9
     
5,613
     
5,182
     
8
 
Total revenues net of interest expense
   
4,813
     
4,729
     
4,726
     
4,525
     
4,594
     
5
     
18,793
     
17,810
     
6
 
Provisions for losses
   
440
     
390
     
327
     
296
     
399
     
10
     
1,453
     
1,396
     
4
 
Total revenues net of interest expense after provisions for losses
   
4,373
     
4,339
     
4,399
     
4,229
     
4,195
     
4
     
17,340
     
16,414
     
6
 
Expenses