Stock Valuation: American Express Co (AXP)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
AMERICAN EXPRESS CO US/
NYSE
Financial Services – Credit Services – Credit Services USD98.54
@ 26 Jun 2018
COMPANY PROFILE American Express Co is a payments, network and travel company. It provides charge and credit card products, travel services, network services, stored value products, loans, and other products and services to businesses and individuals.

American Express was founded as an express mail business in 1850. By the turn of the century, the company expanded into financial services and introduced its famous Travelers Cheques, before issuing the first American Express card in 1958. Today, the company provides charge and credit card products, travel services, network services, stored value products, loans, and other products and services to businesses and individuals. American Express issues cards to consumers and engages in merchant acquiring and processing globally.

Stock Code AXP
Valuation Analysis Below

American Express Market Cap to EBIT

The Price Earnings (PE) Ratio is the most frequently used valuation indicator for a stock. However, there are times when this ratio cannot be used e.g. when the company reports a loss or profit is so minimal that it results in an abnormally high PE Ratio. Or Net Profit After Tax may be volatile and it is better to use Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to value the company. We use the PE Band or Market Cap/EBIT Band to show whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued based on its historical valuation.
At the price of USD98.54 as at 26 Jun 2018, American Express Co is trading at a Market Cap/EBIT Ratio of 8.0 times last 12 months earnings.  This is a 0.9% discount to its historical average Market Cap/EBIT Ratio of 8.1 times. (Price based on the historical average Market Cap/EBIT Ratio of the company is indicated by the red line.)
Is the stock overvalued? One should not just look at one indicator to determine the fair value of a stock.
ProThinker believes in using a combination of valuation methods to decide whether a stock is over or undervalued? The five ratios we use are Price to Earnings, Price to Sales, Price to Cash Flow, Price to Book and Dividend Yield. We use multiple methods to value a stock because each has its benefits as well as shortcomings. Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow Ratios relate stock price to profitability but are meaningless when the comany has negative earnings or cash flows. Price to Sales Ratio is more stable because sales are never negative. However, this does not tell us whether the company is able to sell profitably. Price to Book Ratio gives us an indication as to how much we are paying for the company’s assets but it is not directly related to the company’s profitability. Dividend Yield cannot be used for companies that are paying little to no dividends.
While it is important to value stocks based on multiple valuation methods, this often leads to differing views on valuation. One indicator may suggest that a stock is overvalued while another suggest that it is undervalued. This does not help an investor who needs to make a definite decision whether to buy, hold or sell the stock. That is why we advocate the use of a Composite Valuation Indicator, which is derived from the best combination of the five indicators above. A Composite Valuation Indicator will give you ONE conclusion on whether a stock is under or over valued.
To find out more about our valuation methodology, click here. 
Source of Data: Price to Sales chart is from ProThinker Stock Report. Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from gurufocus.com. Estimates are from gurufocus and/or 4-traders.com – Thomson Reuters.
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