Earnings Per Share (EPS)

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newratings.com  Jul 18  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH) Friday reported second-quarter net earnings of $141.3 million, down from $151.9 million in the prior year. Earnings per share, however, increased to $1.64 from $1.62 per share in the...
TechCrunch  Jul 17  Comment 
 Today after the bell Google reported its second quarter financial results, including net revenue (ex-TAC) of $12.67 billion, and $6.08 in non-GAAP earnings per share. Google gross revenue for the period came in at $15.96 billion Analysts had...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 17  Comment 
ByAlbert Alfonso: Philip Morris (NYSE:PM) likely posted one of its better quarters in quite some time. Reported EPS came in at $1.17. However, when factoring for forex, EPS was $1.41, beating estimates by $0.17. On an adjusted basis, Philip Morris...
newratings.com  Jul 17  Comment 
NEW YORK CITY (dpa-AFX) - Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc.'s (PM) second-quarter net earnings attributable to the company slid to $1.85 billion, or $1.17 per share, from last year's $2.12 billion, or $1.30 per...
newratings.com  Jul 17  Comment 
PERTH (SCOTLAND) (dpa-AFX) - SSE Plc. (SSE.L) said it continues to expect that its adjusted earnings per share for 2014/15 will be around or slightly greater than last year adjusted earnings per share of 123.4 pence. The company noted that it...
newratings.com  Jul 16  Comment 
NORTH CHICAGO (dpa-AFX) - Abbott Laboratories (ABT) said its second-quarter net earnings declined 2.2% to $466 million from last year's $476 million, while earnings per share remained flat at $0.30 for the recent period. Excluding specified...
TechCrunch  Jul 15  Comment 
 Today after the bell, Yahoo reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue (excluding traffic acquisition costs, or TAC) of $1.04 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.37. Revenue including TAC was $1.08. Analysts...
Forbes  Jul 14  Comment 
Analysts have become increasingly bullish on BlackRock in the month leading up to the company's second-quarter earnings announcement scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The consensus earnings per share estimate has moved up from $4.42 a share...
newratings.com  Jul 9  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Tractor Supply Company (TSCO) announced that it expects second-quarter net income to be in the range of $0.94 per share to $0.95 per share. Analysts currently expect earnings of $1.02 per share. The company said net sales...




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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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