American Express Co.

American Express Co.

American Express Co.

Overview
Date Founded

1850

Headquarters

200 Vesey Street, New York, NY, 10285, USA

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

59K

Industries

Consumer Finance
Retail & Commercial Banking

Company Description

American Express Co. engages in the provision of charge and credit card products, and travel-related services. It operates through the following segments: Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, Global Merchant and Network Services and Corporate & Other. The Global Consumer Services Group segment issues a wide range of proprietary consumer cards globally. The Global Commercial Services segment provides proprietary corporate and small business cards, payment and expense management services, and commercial financing products. The Global Merchant and Network Services segment operates a global payments network that processes and settles card transactions, acquires merchants, and provides multi-channel marketing programs and capabilities, services, and data analytics. The Corporate & Other segment covers corporate functions and certain other businesses and operations. The company was founded by Henry Wells, William G. Fargo and John Warren Butterfield on March 28, 1850 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Executives & Employees

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

President & Chief Operating Officer

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Chief Legal Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

President, Global Services Group

Group President, Global Merchant & Network Services

Board of Directors

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at American Express Co.

Co-Founder at Axiomatic LLC

Co-Founder at Catholic Investment Services, Inc.

Chair, International Trade, Investment & Market Access Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Chief Executive Officer at A.L.P. SAS

Founder at De La Vega Group

Co-Chairman & Co-Founder at Malaria No More

Former Governor of Utah

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at RW2 Enterprises LLC

Chief Executive Officer at McAfee LLC

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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) Ltd. 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

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

Advisor

Former Chief Marketing Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA

Consultant

Co-President at China Europe International Business School

Clients

Wells Fargo & Co. is a diversified, community-based financial services company. It is engaged in the provision of banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance. The firm operates through the following segments: Community Banking, Wholesale Banking, Wealth & Investment Management, and Other. The Community Banking segment offers complete line of diversified financial products and services for consumers and small businesses including checking and savings accounts, credit and debit cards, and automobile, student, and small business lending. The Wholesale Banking segment provides financial solutions to businesses across the United States and globally. The Wealth and Investment Management segment includes personalized wealth management, investment and retirement products and services to clients across U.S. based businesses. The Other segment refers to the products of WIM customers served through community banking distribution channels. The company was founded by Henry Wells and William G. Fargo on March 18, 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

First Data Corp. engages in the provision of commerce-enabling technology and solutions; and payment technology and services. It operates through the following segments: Global Business Solutions; Global Financial Solutions; and Network and Security Solutions. The Global Business Solutions segment provides retail point-of-sale merchant acquiring and eCommerce services. The Global Financial Solutions segment provides credit solutions for bank and non-bank issuers, such as credit and retail private-label card processing; and licensed financial software systems, such as VisionPLUS bank processing application and lending solutions. The Network and Security Solutions segment provides EFT network solutions, such as STAR Network and debit card processing solutions. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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. Once a seller downloads the Square Point of Sale mobile app, they can quickly and easily take their first payment, typically within minutes. Once on this system, sellers gain access to features such as next-day settlements, digital receipts, payment dispute management, data security, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) 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.

Key Stats and Financials As of 2018
Market Capitalization
$97.4B
Total Enterprise Value
$116B
Earnings Per Share
$7.9
Revenue
$43.3B
Net Profit
$6.87B
Five Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
4.38%
Total Debt
$61.5B
Total Equity
$22.3B
Enterprise Value Sales
2.68x
TEVNet Income
16.89x
Debt TEV
0.53x
EBITDAMargin
34.93%
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
7.67x
EBITDA
$15.1B
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
7.91%
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
$250K - $1M
2017
$15K - $25K
2016
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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Partner at Firebolt Ventures Management Co. LLC

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Advisor & Angel Investor at Mez Mobile, Inc.

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Lead Singer-30 Seconds to Mars at Interscope Records, Inc.

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.

MasterCard, Inc. Consumer Finance - 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

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. It 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. It 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.

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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