Earnings Per Share (EPS)

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Forbes  Jul 25  Comment 
Expectations have dropped for Eaton's second quarter results in the month leading up to the company's earnings announcement slated for Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The consensus analyst estimate has dropped from $1.16 a share to the current estimate of...
newratings.com  Jul 25  Comment 
NORWALK (dpa-AFX) - Printer and copier maker Xerox (XRX) Friday said second-quarter profit declined marginally from the prior year, while adjusted earnings were in line with last year. Further, the company raised the lower end of its full year...
Mondo Visione  Jul 24  Comment 
Deutsche Börse AG published its figures for the second quarter of 2014 on Thursday. The Group generated net revenue of €488.4 million (Q2/2013: €497.1 million), a slight decrease year-on-year. Operating costs adjusted for exceptional items...
newratings.com  Jul 24  Comment 
ISLANDIA (dpa-AFX) - Software maker CA Technologies (CA) reported first-quarter net income of $217 million or $0.49 per share, down from $335 million or $0.73 per share in the previous year. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $0.65...
newratings.com  Jul 24  Comment 
NEW YORK CITY (dpa-AFX) - Biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) reported Thursday that its second-quarter net earnings attributable to the company was $333 million, compared to $536 million a year ago. Earnings per share plunged...
Benzinga  Jul 23  Comment 
In a report published Wednesday, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss reiterated an Equal-Weight rating on Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). In the report, Morgan Stanley noted, “Solid enterprise business and strong expense management clearly marks the...
newratings.com  Jul 23  Comment 
HOPKINTON (dpa-AFX) - Data storage solutions provider EMC Corp. (EMC) reported that its second-quarter 2014 GAAP net income attributable to the company was $589 million and $0.28 per share, down from $701 million and $0.32 per share in the same...
newratings.com  Jul 23  Comment 
FALLS CHURCH (dpa-AFX) - Defense contractor General Dynamics (GD) Wednesday said second-quarter net earnings declined to $541 million or $1.58 per share from $640 million or $1.81 per share in the prior year. The firm recognized a charge of $105...
TechCrunch  Jul 22  Comment 
 Today after the bell Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth quarter performance, including revenue for the period of $23.38 billion and earnings per share of $0.55. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.60 on revenue of $23.00 billion. In...
Benzinga  Jul 22  Comment 
In a report published Tuesday, Sterne Agee analyst Peyton Green reiterated a Neutral rating on Fidelity Southern (NASDAQ: LION). In the report, Sterne Agee noted, “We are lowering our 2014E EPS to $1.15 (-$0.05) and 2015E EPS to $1.05...




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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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