Earnings Per Share (EPS)

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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Off-price retailer TJX Companies Inc. (TJX) reported that its second-quarter net income rose to $517.62 million from last year's $479.56 million, with earnings per share improving to $0.73 from $0.66 in the year ago...
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PROPERTY group Stockland expects to lift earnings per share in the year ahead by between 6 and 7.5pc but warns of below-trend growth ahead.
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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Beauty and personal care products maker Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (EL) reported that its fourth-quarter net earnings attributable to the company rose to $257.7 million, from the prior year's $94.0 million,...
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newratings.com  Aug 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Nordstrom, Inc. (JWN) reported net income for the second quarter of $183 million or $0.95 per share, compared to $184 million or $0.93 per share for the year-ago quarter. Net sales for the second quarter rose 6.2% to $3.30...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 14  Comment 
By ValueWalk: By Aman Jain Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) is set to announce its second-quarter 2014 earnings on Thursday, August 14th. As per analysts estimate, the company is expected to post earnings per share of ($0.03) and revenue is expected to...
Benzinga  Aug 14  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, Morgan Stanley analyst David Risinger reiterated an Equal-Weight rating on Alkermes plc (NASDAQ: ALKS). In the report, Morgan Stanley noted, “We reduced 2014E EPS from $0.52 to $0.30, near the upper end of...
newratings.com  Aug 13  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Department store chain Macy's Inc. (M) reported that its second-quarter net income increased to $292 million from the previous year's $281 million, with earnings per share improving to $0.80 from $0.72 in the same...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 13  Comment 
By Stephen Faulkner: When choosing an investment, individuals often flip through various metrics surrounding the companies that they are considering. What's the metric you most often hear mentioned when companies are discussed? If you answered...
DailyFinance  Aug 13  Comment 
-- After Tax Adjusted Operating EPS of $0.11 in line with consensus TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/14 -- Element Financial Corporation (TSX:EFN) ("Element" or the "Company"), one of North America's leading equipment finance companies,...




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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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