American Express Co.

American Express Co.

American Express Co.

Overview
Date Founded

1850

Headquarters

200 Vesey Street,50th floor,New York, NY 10285-1000

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

64.5K

Industries

Consumer Finance
Retail & Commercial Banking

Company Description

The American Express Company, also known as Amex, is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Three World Financial Center in New York City. The company was founded in 1850 and is one of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is best known for its charge card, credit card, and traveler's cheque businesses.

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Executives & Employees

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Risk Officer & President, Global Risk, Banking & Compliance

Chief Legal Officer

Chief Colleague Experience Officer

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Group President, Global Merchant & Network Services

President-Global Services Group

Group President-Global Consumer Services

Board of Directors

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Medtronic Plc

Co-Founder at Catholic Investment Services, Inc.

Founder at De La Vega Group

Former President, Business Banking at Bank of America Corp.

Former Governor of Utah

Former Senior Vice President & General Manager-Group Intel Security at Intel Corp.

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer at First Pacific Co., Ltd.

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Owners & Shareholders
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Berkshire Hathaway employs the value investing principles of Benjamin Graham. Their investment approach focuses on buying shares of companies as a long-term investment. The firm seeks to invest in businesses that are easy to understand and have high ROE, exceptional management teams and limited debt. Rather than a diversified stock portfolio, Berkshire Hathaway invests in a small number of trusted investments that are overweighed in order to leverage the expected returns. The firm owns stock in a diverse group of over 50 public and private companies in wide range of industries including, but not limited to, manufacturing, retail, energy and finance. Investments are typically financed using the float from Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.'s insurance operations. Securities are sold when the firm no longer feels comfortable with the fundamentals of a company.

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Wellington Management's investment services rely on their extensive independent research and include portfolio management styles and approaches in equities, fixed income securities, currencies and commodities, as well as asset allocation across these categories. The firm has a number of different disciplines when approaching research and these include asset allocation analysts, currency analysts, data scientists, factor analysts, fixed income credit analysts, fixed income market analysts, global industry analysts and research associates, macroanalysts, quantitative analysts and technical analysts. Wellington Management's portfolio management teams often include dedicated analysts who evaluate securities and other instruments for suitability based on the team's investment approach. The firm supplements their internal research with external research from sources such as broker/dealers and third-party research firms. These sources typically provide data, research and analysis and may serve as a gauge of market consensus.

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Dodge & Cox employs in-house fundamental bottom-up research, a rigorous valuation discipline, and maintains a long-term investment horizon. Their investment decisions are made by a team of seasoned investment professionals. The firm's approach stresses an evaluation of risk relative to opportunity and they seek investments that they believe are undervalued by the market.

Recent Transactions
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American Express Co. purchases Resy Network, Inc. from Lerer Hippeau, A-Grade Investments, TOMS Capital LLC, Slow Ventures LLC, RSE Ventures LLC, RiverPark Ventures, Enlightened Hospitality Investments Management LLC

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American Express Co. purchases LoungeBuddy, Inc. from Benson Oak. spol. s r.o., The Founders Fund Management LLC, Concur Technologies (Venture Capital), Plug & Play Venture Group LLC

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ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH purchases Emnos GmbH from American Express Co.

Transaction Clients
Accountant

Advised on LaserMedics purchases Henley Healthcare, Inc. from Maxxim Medical, Inc.

Accountant

Advised on Schwarzkopf Technologies Corp. LLC purchases Santier LLC from SEMX Corporation

Accountant

Advised on Catamaran PBM of Illinois, Inc. purchases Centrus from Well Nation

Insider Transactions
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Transaction Advisors
Accountant

Advised onIndustrial & Commercial Bank of China /Investor Group purchases Industrial And Commercial Bank Of China Ltd.

Legal Advisor

Advised on purchases Ameriprise Financial, Inc. from American Express Co.

Investment Advisor

Advised on purchases Ameriprise Financial, Inc. from American Express Co.

Legal Advisor

Advised onStandard Chartered PLC purchases Standard Chartered International (USA) LLC from American Express Co.

Investment Advisor

Advised onAmerican Express Co. purchases Corporate Payment Services from General Electric Company

Co-Head of FIG Americas

Advised onAmerican Express Co. purchases Corporate Payment Services from General Electric Company

Advisors & Consultants
Advisor

Former Chief Marketing Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA

Advisor

Managing Director & Co-Chairman of Investment Banking at Lazard Ltd.

Consultant

Co-President at China Europe International Business School

Clients

Square, Inc. engages in the provision of credit card payment processing solutions. It is a cohesive commerce ecosystem that helps sellers start, run, and grow their businesses. The firms sellers downloads the Square Point of Sale mobile app, they can quickly and easily take their first payment, typically within minutes. Its system, sellers gain access to features such as next-day settlements, digital receipts, payment dispute management, data security, and Payment Card Industry compliance. The firm offers additional point-of-sale services, financial services, and marketing services. The company was founded by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey in February 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

Rakuten, Inc. engages in the business of Internet services. It operates through the following segments: Internet Services, FinTech, and Mobile. The Internet Services segment manages e-commerce (EC), online cash-back, travel booking, and portal and digital content sites. The FinTech segment provides services over the internet related to banking and securities, credit cards, life insurance, and electronic money. The Mobile segment manages messaging and communication services and sale of mobile devices. The company was founded by Hiroshi Mikitani on February 7, 1997 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

First Data Corp. engages in the provision of commerce-enabling technology and solutions. It offers credit card processing and solutions, cash advance, data security, payroll delivery, and check acceptance services. The firm serves to the small and large businesses, education solutions, financial institutions, and public sector. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Key Stats and Financials As of 2019
Market Capitalization
$66.2B
Total Enterprise Value
$144B
Earnings Per Share
$7.99
Revenue
$47B
Net Profit
$6.71B
Total Debt
$64.3B
Total Equity
$23.1B
Enterprise Value Sales
3.06x
TEVNet Income
21.41x
Debt TEV
0.45x
EBITDAMargin
32.33%
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
9.45x
EBITDA
$15.2B
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
10.29%
Five Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
5.48%
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
Non-Profit Donations & Grants Received
Political Donations
$2,000
2014
$2,500
2014
$1,000
2014
Investments
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Inspirato LLC operates as a private vacation club for travelers. It offers various membership options to individuals; and vacation travel services to businesses. The firm also provides various vacation properties, private vacation homes, signature residences, villas, adventure travel experiences, and club benefits and privileges. The company was founded by Bradley Handler, Brent Handler, Martin J. Pucher and Brian Corbett in November 2010 and is headquartered in Denver, CO.

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GBT US LLC provides global business travel services. It offers end-to-end corporate travel and meetings program management for companies of all sizes and across all industries. The firm's services include tools for travelers, traveler managers and business consulting services. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Loyalty Solutions & Research Pvt Ltd. provides loyalty programs. It presents many advantages over traditional, stand-alone customer loyalty schemes restricted to one brand or company only. The firm's power stems from pooling loyalty benefits from many attractive partners: Using one single card, members earn loyalty points when they shop at a wide range of different merchants and brands - offline and online. The company was founded by Vijay Bobba and is headquartered in Gurgaon, India.

Investors
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Adivsor at KarmaCircles

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Advisor & Angel Investor at Mez Mobile, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Just Salad LLC

Suppliers
Pegasystems Inc. IT Consulting & Services | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Pegasystems, Inc. engages in the development, market, license, and support of software, which allows organizations to build, deploy, and change enterprise applications. The company was founded by Alan Trefler in 1983 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

US Dataworks, Inc. Computer Software | Sugar Land, TX

US Dataworks, Inc. develops, markets and supports payment processing software solutions to the financial institutions, businesses and government entities. Its products include Integrated Receivables, Electronic Invoicing, Image Cash Letter and ClearView ACH-X9. The company was founded by Mario Villarreal in 1997 and is headquartered in Sugar Land, TX.

SmartPros Ltd. Computer Software | Hawthorne, New York

SmartPros Ltd. provides education and content publishing and development services. Its products and services are primarily focused in specific markets, including accounting, finance, legal, engineering, securities, and insurance as well as banking and information technology. The company deliver training solutions for accountants, attorneys, securities/financial services professionals, engineers, and many other professionals. The company's content is available in text and video-based formats, deliverable through various mediums as well as through live education and webinars, and can be customized to meet the specialized needs of its clients. SmartPros was founded by Jack Fingerhut and William K. Grollman in April 1981 and is headquartered in Hawthorne, NY.

Competitors
Amazon.com, Inc. Retail: Other - Seattle, Washington

Amazon.com, Inc. engages in the provision of online retail shopping services. It operates through the following business segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The North America segment includes retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through North America-focused websites such as www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca. The International segment offers retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through internationally-focused websites. The Amazon Web Services segment involves in the global sales of compute, storage, database, and AWS service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions. The company was founded by Jeffrey P. Bezos in July 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. IT Consulting & Services - San Jose, California

PayPal Holdings, Inc. engages in the development of technology platform for digital payments. Its solutions include PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, and Paydiant products. The firm manages a two-sided proprietary global technology platform that links customers, which consist of both merchants and consumers, to facilitate the processing of payment transactions. It allows its customers to use their account for both purchase and paying for goods, as well as to transfer and withdraw funds. The firm also enables consumers to exchange funds with merchants using funding sources, which include bank account, PayPal account balance, PayPal Credit account, credit and debit card or other stored value products. It offers consumers person-to-person payment solutions through its PayPal Website and mobile application, Venmo and Xoom. The company was founded in December 1998 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

MasterCard, Inc. Retail & Commercial Banking - Purchase, New York

MasterCard is a technology company and payments industry leader. For more than four decades, we have been a driving force at the heart of commerce, making the global economy safer, more efficient, more inclusive and more transparent for all. Consumers, merchants, business partners and governments in markets around the world have reaped the benefits of our innovative products and solutions which, simply put, are designed to make life easier

Awards & Honors
Rank #69
2017
Fortune Magazine - The 100 Best Companies to Work For
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
Rank #85
2016
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 1000 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
Rank #85
2016
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 500 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
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