Earnings Per Share (EPS)

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....
Benzinga  Aug 27  Comment 
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newratings.com  Aug 27  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (TIF) Wednesday said second-quarter profit increased from the prior year, amid growth in sales and a higher gross margin. Both earnings and revenues topped Wall Street estimates. The company...
Benzinga  Aug 25  Comment 
In a report published Monday, Credit Suisse analyst Christopher S. Parkinson reiterated an Outperform rating on Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON), but lowered the price target from $148.00 to $141.00. In the report, Credit Suisse noted, “Based on...
Forbes  Aug 25  Comment 
Following these results, the company raised its full year EPS outlook slightly, which has been a rare occurrence in the U.S. retail market. L Brands now expects its full year EPS to be around $3.03-$3.18, up 3 cents from its previous guidance. It...
TechCrunch  Aug 21  Comment 
 After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter, as investors had expected it to...
StreetInsider.com  Aug 21  Comment 
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newratings.com  Aug 20  Comment 
NORTH WILKESBORO (dpa-AFX) - Home improvement retailer Lowe's Cos., Inc. (LOW) Wednesday reported higher second-quarter profit, benefited by about 6 percent growth in sales. Earnings per share, as well as revenues topped analysts'...
newratings.com  Aug 20  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) reported that its first-quarter net income decreased year-over-year to $116.0 million or $1.14 per share from $126.6 million or $1.19 per share. Income excluding certain items affecting...


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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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