American Express Company (AXP - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share of $1.88, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5.6%. Moreover, the bottom line witnessed a 25.3% year-over-year improvement.
Better-than-expected results were mainly backed by higher card member spending, loans and fee income.
Revenues came in at $10.1 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.1%. The top line increased 9% year over year, driven by higher loan volumes and an increase in Card Member spending and fees.
Provisions for loss totaled $817 million, up 6% year over year, which is attributable to growth in loan and an increase in higher write-offs, partly offset by stable delinquency rates.
Total expenses of $7.2 billion increased 8% year over year due to higher rewards expense and other customer engagement costs. The effective tax rate declined to 22% from 26% in the year-ago quarter, courtesy of the Tax Act.
American Express Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Strong Segment Results
American Express’ Global Consumer Services segment reported net income of $779 million, up 15% year over year. Total revenues, net of interest expense of $5.4 billion, were up 11% year over year, reflecting higher loans and Card Member spending as well as fee income.
Global Commercial Services’ net income of $606 million was up 20% year over year. Total revenues, net of interest expenses, increased 9% year over year to $3.2 billion, primarily reflecting higher Card Member spending.
Global Merchant and Network Services’ net income rose 30% year over year to $580 million in the reported quarter. Total revenues, net of interest expenses, inched up 2% year over year to $1.6 billion on higher Card Member spending, partially offset by an expected decrease in the average discount rate and lower revenues from network partners.
Corporate and Other reported net loss of $311 million, wider than $246 million loss incurred in the year-ago quarter.
2018 Guidance Update
On the back of strong results in the first nine months of 2018, the company pulled up its earnings guidance. It now expects full-year 2018 revenues to be up 9% to 10% compared with earlier guidance of at least 9%.
Adjusted EPS is expected in the range of $7.30 to $7.40, up from the $6.90 to $7.30 range, that was set at the start of the year.
American Express carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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