diluted earnings per share

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Diluted Earnings per Share

The earnings per share of a publicly-traded company calculated on the assumption that all convertible securities were exercised. That is, instead of considering only common stock currently in existence, the diluted EPS assumes that all securities such as stock options, convertible bonds, and anything else that can be changed into common stock is actually changed. The diluted EPS is useful for common shareholders because it represents the earnings one would receive in the worst possible situation. Many companies report both the basic EPS and the diluted EPS. The actual EPS usually falls between the two. See also: Dual Presentation.
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diluted earnings per share

An earnings measure calculated by dividing net income less preferred stock dividends for a period by the average number of shares of common stock that would be outstanding if all convertible securities were converted into shares of common stock. Net income is adjusted for any changes that would occur because of the conversions. Diluted earnings per share is a particularly effective method of presenting earnings-per-share data for companies with complex capital structures. Compare basic earnings per share. See also dual presentation.
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Diluted earnings per share.

In addition to reporting earnings per share, corporations must report diluted earnings per share. This accounts for the possiblity that all outstanding warrants and stock options are exercised, and all convertible bonds and preferred shares are exchanged for common stock.

Diluted earnings actually report the smallest potential earnings per common share that a company could have based on its current earnings. In theory, at least, knowing the diluted earnings could influence how much you would be willing to pay for the stock.

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The FASB proposal will consider the IASC's requirement that basic earnings per share (net income/weighted average of common stock outstanding) and fully diluted earnings per share be presented.
The company expects diluted earnings per share to range from $5.56 to $5.71 and is reiterating its outlook for adjusted diluted earnings per share, which excludes any first quarter and future transaction and other costs, of $5.75 to $5.90, or $5.81 to $5.96 adjusted for the impact of the 1% currency headwind.
(OTC: FCBI), the parent company for Frederick County Bank (FCB), has reported net income of USD712,000 and diluted earnings per share of USD0.45 for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, as compared to net income of USD341,000 and diluted earnings per share of USD0.22 registered for the fourth quarter of 2017.
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Diluted earnings per share for the quarter was USD2.19 compared to diluted earnings per share of USD1.76 in fourth-quarter 2013.
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The company also reported cash diluted earnings per share for the year of $1.17 compared with 55 cents for the same period in 2008.