American Express Shares Dip on Q3 Misses

by Christopher Freeburn | October 18, 2012 10:39 am

American Express Shares Dip on Q3 Misses

American Express (NYSE:AXP[1]) said on Thursday that it earned $1.25 billion during the third quarter[2], up 1.2% from $1.24 billion in the same period last year. EPS was $1.03, disappointing Wall Street, which had expected $1.09 a share, Dow Jones noted.

The credit card issuer recorded quarterly revenue of $7.86 billion, up 3.8% from 2011. That also narrowly missed analysts, who had forecast revenue of $7.9 billion.

Investors were not impressed by the results. Shares of American Express slid almost 3% in Thursday morning trading.

The company raised its loss reserves to $479 million, nearly double the $249 million it set aside to cover losses last year.

U.S.-based American Express cardholders spent 8% more with their credit cards, compared to last year. International cardholders increased their spending by 6%.

Earlier this month, American Express agreed to pay $27.5 million in fines and return $85 million to customers under a settlement with regulators[3] relating to claims it misled customers with false advertising and conducted improper billing and collections.

Endnotes:
  1. AXP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AXP
  2. during the third quarter: http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2012/10/17/american-express-profit-up-12/
  3. under a settlement with regulators: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/amex-to-refund-85-million-over-illegal-practices/

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