American Express second quarter profits slipped year-on-year (YOY) by 3.9% to $1.47 billion due to the significant impact of a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. However, U.S. Card Services posted Q2/15 net income of $886 million, up 15% from $770 million a year ago.
U.S. Card Services reported total revenues net of interest expense increased 6 percent to $4.7 billion from $4.5 billion a year ago. The rise largely reflected an increase in Card Member spending and higher net interest income from the growth in the loan portfolio. Provisions for losses totaled $327 million, down 4 percent from $339 million a year ago. The decrease reflected lower net write-offs in the current quarter, offset, in part, by a larger reserve release a year ago. Total expenses increased 4 percent to $3.0 billion from $2.9 billion a year ago. The rise primarily reflected higher rewards and Card Member services expenses driven by increased Card Member spending volumes and increased costs related to certain previously renewed co-brand partnerships.
International Card Services reported second-quarter net income of $125 million, up 62 percent from $77 million a year ago. Total revenues net of interest expense were $1.3 billion, down 10 percent from $1.4 billion a year ago. Revenues rose 5 percent on an FX-adjusted basis,2 primarily reflecting higher FX-adjusted net interest income and net card fees. Total expenses were $1.0 billion, down 16 percent (down 8 percent FX-adjusted2) from $1.2 billion a year ago. The year-ago period included a portion of the incremental investments and restructuring charge mentioned earlier.
Global Commercial Services reported second-quarter net income of $203 million, down 64 percent from $561 million a year ago, which included the joint venture transaction gain. Total revenues net of interest expense were $881 million, down 31 percent (down 27 percent FX-adjusted2) from $1.3 billion a year ago. Year-ago revenues included the company’s business travel operations. Total expenses increased 45 percent (up 67 percent FX-adjusted2) to $525 million from $361 million a year ago. The increase primarily reflected the joint venture transaction gain in the prior year (which was reported as an expense reduction).
Global Network & Merchant Services reported second-quarter net income of $448 million, up 20 percent from $373 million a year ago. Total revenues net of interest expense decreased 4 percent to $1.4 billion from $1.5 billion a year ago. Revenues increased 2 percent on an FX-adjusted basis,2 reflecting higher global Card Member spending.
Total expenses decreased 20 percent to $688 million from $859 million a year ago. The year-ago period included a portion of the incremental investments mentioned earlier.
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