Earnings Per Share (EPS)

newratings.com  Sep 12  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI) reported a first-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $19.3 million or $0.14 per share, compared to net earnings from continuing operations of $42.2 million or $0.32 per share, last...
newratings.com  Sep 11  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Kroger Co. (KR) reported second quarter net earnings of $347 million or $0.70 per share, up from $317 million or $0.60 per share in the same quarter last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to...
StreetInsider.com  Sep 9  Comment 
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newratings.com  Sep 8  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Associated British Foods plc (ASBFY.PK, ABF.L) announced that, as previously indicated, its adjusted earnings per share for the full year are expected to be ahead of previous year. The Group said strong operating profit...
newratings.com  Sep 4  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Tyson Foods Inc.'s (TSN) executive vice president and chief financial officer, Dennis Leatherby, reiterated Tyson's fiscal 2014 earnings guidance of at least $2.78 per share, excluding costs or earnings associated...
Benzinga  Sep 4  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly C. Greenberger reiterated an Overweight rating on Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE: BURL), and raised the price target from $35.00 to $37.00. In the report, Morgan Stanley noted, “BURL...
Benzinga  Sep 2  Comment 
Helen of Troy Limited Sees FY2015 EPS $4.55-4.65 vs $4.33 Est; Sees Sales $1.28B-1.30B vs $1.39B Est Helen of Troy Limited Sees Q2 EPS $0.79-0.82 vs $0.85 Est © 2014 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights...
newratings.com  Sep 2  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) said Tuesday that it expects net loss per share from continuing operations for its fiscal first quarter ended August 24, 2014 to be about $0.13 to $0.15, and quarterly adjusted net earnings per...
newratings.com  Aug 29  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) reported income from continuing operations of $17.2 million, or $0.31 per share for the second-quarter of 2014. Net income from continuing operations was $21.94 million or $0.38 per share, prior year....
SeekingAlpha  Aug 28  Comment 
By The Specialist: Guess (NYSE:GES) reported its fiscal second quarter after hours on August 27. I'm not sure which was more disappointing: the year-over-year declines or the miss versus analyst expectations. Revenue dropped 5% to $609 million....


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Earnings per share is a company's total earnings divided by the total number of shares outstanding. It is calculated using annual earnings, usually after interest and taxes and after deducting the preference shares dividends, so as to compute the portion of total profit which is attributable to the ordinary shareholders. In this case, total earnings would be divided by the total number of ordinary shares outstanding.

There are three types of EPS numbers:

  1. a trailing EPS (calculated using the previous year's earnings),
  2. a current EPS (uses the current year), and
  3. forward EPS (a projection for the coming year).

Moreover, different accounting policies regarding the handling of new issue of ordinary shares, have led to the need of several computation approaches to the EPS ratio, in order to reflect in the best way possible the appropriate information for the users-stakeholders of the firm being analyzed. For this reason, there is the computation of the Basic EPS, the EPS Adjusted reflecting any bonus issue or rights issue or option/warrants exercise and the Diluted EPS - DEPS which reflects the convertible bonds or shares to ordinary shares (the approaches are being determined by the accounting policies in effect). Existing shareholders can look at the DEPS to see the effect on current profitability of commitments already entered into to issue ordinary shares in the future.

What is important, is that very often EPS is used as a considerable tool-indicator of a firm's performance. It measures performance from the perspective of investors and potential investors.Additionally, it shows the amount of earnings available to each ordinary shareholder, so that it indicates the potential return on individual investments. These results can be achieved by comparing the EPS of either different entities or the same entity's in different accounting periods, or even better, using both. Sometimes, the trend in EPS may be more accurate performance indicator than the trend in profit, though it is based on profit on ordinary activities after taxation.

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