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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For Q1 FY18 , AmEx's total revenues, net of interest expenses, reached $9.72 billion, reflecting an increase of 11.59% from $8.71 billion in Q1 FY17, driven by higher card member spending and loan growth. The Company's total revenue numbers exceeded analysts' consensus estimates of $9.46 billion. AmEx had provision for losses of $775 million in Q1 FY18 compared to $573 million in Q1 FY17. The increase, which was in-line with the Company's expectations, indicated growth in the Company's loan portfolio and an increase in the lending write-off and delinquency rates.

AmEx had non-interest revenues of $7.88 billion in Q1 FY18, which was an increase of 9.30% from $7.21 billion in Q1 FY17. The Company had a net interest income of $1.84 billion in the quarter under review compared to $1.50 billion in prior year's same quarter, reflecting an increase of 22.57%. Also, AmEx's worldwide card-billed business grew 12.49% to $283.80 billion on a y-o-y basis, while its worldwide average basic Card Member spending jumped 6.61% to $4.68 trillion on a y-o-y basis in the reported quarter.

AmEx incurred total expenses of $6.86 billion in Q1 FY18, 8.96% higher than $6.30 billion in Q1 FY17. The Company spent a record $2.35 billion on card member reward expenses in the quarter under review, up 13.88% from $2.06 billion in the previous year's corresponding quarter. This increased expenditure was intended to attract more high-spending customers and counter competition from major US banks.

AmEx reported a net income of $1.63 billion in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, an increase of 30.62% from $1.25 billion in the same period of the previous year. The Company's diluted earnings per share (EPS) also jumped 37.78% to $1.86 in the reported quarter from $1.35 in Q1 FY17, outperforming analysts' consensus estimates of $1.71.

Segment Details

During Q1 FY18, AmEx's US Consumer Services (USCS) segment's revenues, net of interest expenses, were $3.7 billion, up 13.16% y-o-y. The segment had a net income of $640 million in Q1 FY18 compared to $494 million in Q1 FY17, reflecting an increase of 29.55%.

AmEx's International Consumer and Network Services (ICNS) segment reported revenues, net of interest expenses, of $1.77 billion in Q1 FY18, an increment of 11.76% from $1.58 billion in Q1 FY17. The segment had a net income of $291 million in the quarter under review, an increase of 15.48% from $252 million in the previous year's comparable quarter.

For Q1 FY18, AmEx's Global Commercial Services (GCS) segment generated revenues of $3.04 billion, 8.75% higher than $2.80 billion in Q1 FY17. The segment had a net income of $552 million in Q1 FY18, up 34.96% from $409 million in Q1 FY17.

During Q1 FY18, AmEx's Global Merchant Services (GMC) segment's net revenues were $1.17 billion, up 10.24% y-o-y. The segment had a net income of $472 million in Q1 FY18 compared to $357 million in Q1 FY17, reflecting an increase of 32.21%.

Cash Matters

AmEx had cash and cash equivalents of $31 billion as on March 31, 2018, an increase of 6.90% from $29 billion as on March 31, 2017. The Company had a long-term debt of $52 billion at the end of Q1 FY18, the same as in Q1 FY17.

Outlook

For the full fiscal year 2018, AmEx expects revenues to increase by at least 8%, and EPS to be at the high-end of the $6.90 to $7.30 range, which the Company shared in January 2018.

On April 24, 2018, AmEx declared a semi-annual dividend on the Company's 5.200% Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Preferred Shares, Series B, of $26,000 per share, equivalent to $26.00 per related Depositary Share. The dividend is payable on May 15, 2018, to shareholders of record as on May 01, 2018.

Stock Performance Snapshot

May 01, 2018 - At Tuesday's closing bell, American Express' stock marginally fell 0.17%, ending the trading session at $98.58.

Volume traded for the day: 2.90 million shares.

Stock performance in the last month – up 8.33%; previous six-month period – up 2.91%; and past twelve-month period – up 24.42%

After yesterday's close, American Express' market cap was at $84.68 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 28.88.

The stock has a dividend yield of 1.42%.

The stock is part of the Financial sector, categorized under the Credit Services industry. This sector was up 0.2% at the end of the session.

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