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.

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.

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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Fully diluted earnings per Common Share before accounting changes were up 5 percent from $1.
Primary and fully diluted earnings per common share after preferred stock dividend requirements were $3.
As a result of the exchange of New Notes for Old Notes, First Horizon expects that the number of fully diluted weighted average shares included in its calculation of fully diluted earnings per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006, would have been reduced by approximately 6,772,000 to 35,824,000, as compared to 42,596,000 which included the Old Notes prior to the exchange offer.
8 million, or 29 cents in primary and fully diluted earnings per share.
The basic earnings and fully diluted earnings per share of $0.
On a fully diluted basis, the 2005 fully diluted earnings per share of $0.
5 million, the lower end of initial guidance and fully diluted earnings per share in the range of $0.
8 million, or 53 cents in primary and 52 cents in fully diluted earnings per share.
The Company now expects fully diluted earnings per share for the year in the range of $3.
This year's fourth quarter fully diluted earnings per share were $0.
For the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2006, CNS now anticipates sales will increase to between $106 million and $112 million, with fully diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.

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