Earnings Per Share

Indicator Description

Earnings per Share is one of the most critical measures of the firm's current share price and is used by investors to determine the overall company profitability, especially when compared to the EPS of similar companies.

Earnings per Share 
 = 
Earnings 
Average Shares 

Earnings per Share (EPS) denotes the portion of a company's earnings that is allocated to each share of common stock. To calculate Earnings per Share investors will need to take a company's net income, subtract any dividends for preferred stock, and divide it by the number of average outstanding shares. EPS is usually presented in two different ways: basic and diluted. Fully diluted Earnings per Share takes into account effects of warrants, options, and convertible securities and is generally viewed by analysts as a more accurate measure.

Earnings Per Share In A Nutshell

If there is a single data point that is used in almost every fundamental analysis, earnings per share would be it. With that, the best way to use this is when you identify a stock or equity worth investing, find the EPS for that stock and the others that compete in the same space.

Earnings per share or EPS is taking the company’s net income, subtracting dividends, and dividing that by how many shares are outstanding. EPS is used as a measuring tool to value a stock and compare it against others in the industry.

Closer Look at Earnings Per Share

When looking for an investment, you want to find the balance between value, low risk, and reputation of the company. If you take the EPS share of the equity you are researching, be sure to look at the historical numbers as well because you want to see a trend to the upside, which means the company is becoming more profitable, fueling potential growth into the future.

As with any financial data point, it is not wise to rely on just one financial number, but rather calculating others and getting a wide and vast opinion. Also, be sure to pick apart the calculation and understand what is generating the number. Understand the net income and find out how it is projected to do into the future. Then look at dividends and see if the company is going to make more into the future. Lastly, look at the outstanding shares and see if the company has implemented a share buyback program, which will shrink the denominator. These all will factor into the number you look at and can help to tell a little bit more of the story.

If you are stuck or need more background information, head to the Internet and find ways people are using this in their research. Join an investing and trading community and ask people the most efficient ways they are using this data point. Lastly, you can reach out to an investing professional and they help you in implementing this into your analysis of equities. EPS is certainly one you should know and understand how to use because it is widely used and implemented in many valuation tools and reports.

Other Suggestions

Analyzing currently trending equities could be an opportunity to develop a better portfolio based on different market momentums that they can trigger. Utilizing the top trending stocks is also useful when creating a market-neutral strategy or pair trading technique involving a short or a long position in a currently trending equity.

Explore Investing Ideas

You can quickly originate your optimal portfoio using our predefined set of ideas and optimize them against your very unique investing style. A single investing idea is a collection of funds, stocks, ETFs, or cryptocurrencies that are programmatically selected from a pull of investment themes. After you determine your investment opportunity, you can then find an optimal portfolio that will maximize potential returns on the chosen idea or minimize its exposure to market volatility.

Did you try this?

Run Equity Search Now

   

Equity Search

Search for actively traded equities including funds and ETFs from over 30 global markets
All  Next Launch Module
Check out your portfolio center. Note that this page's information should be used as a complementary analysis to find the right mix of equity instruments to add to your existing portfolios or create a brand new portfolio. You can also try Aroon Oscillator module to analyze current equity momentum using Aroon Oscillator and other momentum ratios.

Other Complementary Tools

Probability Of Bankruptcy
Get analysis of equity chance of financial distress in the next 2 years
Go
Companies Directory
Evaluate performance of over 100,000 Stocks, Funds, and ETFs against different fundamentals
Go
Portfolio Rebalancing
Analyze risk-adjusted returns against different time horizons to find asset-allocation targets
Go
Options Analysis
Analyze and evaluate options and option chains as a potential hedge for your portfolios
Go
Idea Analyzer
Analyze all characteristics, volatility and risk-adjusted return of Macroaxis ideas
Go
Pair Correlation
Compare performance and examine fundamental relationship between any two equity instruments
Go
Earnings Calls
Check upcoming earnings announcements updated hourly across public exchanges
Go