Diluted EPS (Earnings Per Share) What is Diluted EPS?

Diluted Earning Per Share (Diluted EPS) is a financial ratio to check the quality of the Earnings per Share after taking into account potentially dilutive securities that may increase the number of outstanding shares in the future. Calculating diluted EPS is useful when the company has a complex capital structure and contains convertible securities like Preference Shares, Stock Option, Warrants, Convertible Debentures etc

Diluted EPS Formula

Diluted EPS Formula = (Net Income – Preferred Stock Dividends) / (Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding + the Conversion of Any in The Money Options, Warrants and Other Dilutive Securities)

For eg:
Source: Diluted EPS (Earnings Per Share) (wallstreetmojo.com)

From the above-diluted earnings per share formula, you can understand you need to look at the entire balance sheet and the income statement Diluted EPS Calculation.

Steps to Calculate Diluted EPS

To find diluted EPS, start from basic EPS and then remove the adverse effect of all outstanding during the period.

For eg:
Source: Diluted EPS (Earnings Per Share) (wallstreetmojo.com)

The Diluted EPS Formula is as per below =

The adverse effects of dilutive securities are removed by adjusting the numerator and the denominator of the basic EPS formula.

1. Identify all potentially dilutive securities: convertible bond, options, convertible preferred stock, , etc.
2. Calculate the basic EPS. The effect of potentially dilutive securities is not included in the calculation.
3. Determine the effect of each potentially dilutive security on EPS to see whether it is dilutive or anti-dilutive. How? Calculate the adjusted EPS assuming the conversion occurs. If adjusted EPS (>) basic EPS, the security is dilutive (anti-dilutive).
4. Exclude all from the calculation of diluted earnings per share.
5. Use basic and dilutive securities to calculate diluted EPS.

Diluted EPS Example

Let’s take an example for Diluted EPS Calculation.

Good Inc. has the following information in the year-end 2017 –

• Net Income: \$450,000
• Common Shares Outstanding: 50,000
• Preferred Stock Dividend: \$50,000
• Unexercised Employee Stock Options: 5000
• Convertible Preferred Stocks: 23,000
• Convertible Debt: 10,000
• Warrants: 2000

Calculate the Diluted Earnings Per Share.

All information is given in the example above. We will put it in the diluted earnings per share formula.

• First, we will find out the .
• Basic Earnings per share = Net Income / Common Shares Outstanding = \$450,000 / 50,000 = \$9 per share.

Diluted Earnings per Share Formula = (Net Income – Preferred Stock Dividends) / (Common Shares Outstanding + Unexercised Employee Stock Options + Convertible Preferred Stocks + Convertible Debt + Warrants)

• Or, Diluted EPS Formula = (\$450,000 – \$50,000) / (50,000 + 5000 + 23,000 + 10,000 + 2000)
• Or, DPS = \$400,000 / 90,000 = \$4.44 per share.

Colgate Diluted EPS Analysis

We note the following in Colgate’s Earnings Per Share schedule

source – Colgate 10K filings

• Basic EPS Calculation Methodology – Basic earnings per common share is calculated by dividing net income available for common stockholders by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding for the period.
• Diluted Earnings Per Share Calculation Methodology – Diluted earnings per common share is calculated using the treasury stock method on the basis of the weighted-average number of shares of common stock plus the dilutive effect of potential common shares outstanding during the period.
• Dilutive potential common shares include outstanding stock options and .
• Anti-dilutive securities – As of December 31, 2013, 2012, and 2011, the average number of stock options that were anti-dilutive and not included in diluted earnings per share calculations were 1,785,032, 3,504,608, and 3,063,536, respectively.
• Stock Split Adjustment – As a result of the 2013 Stock Split, all historical per share data and numbers of shares outstanding were retroactively adjusted.

How useful is diluted EPS to the investors?

• Diluted Earnings Per Share isn’t very popular among investors because it is based on a “what if” analysis. But it’s quite popular among financial analysts that want to ascertain an organization’s earnings per share at its truest sense.
• The basic assumption behind calculating diluted EPS is this – what if the firm’s other convertible securities get converted into equity shares.
• If the firm’s capital structure is complex and consists of stock options, warrants, debt, etc. along with outstanding equity shares, then diluted earnings per share must be calculated.
• Financial analysts and potential investors who are very conservative in judging the company’s earnings per share assume that all the convertible securities like , warrants, debt, etc. can be converted into equity shares, and then the basic EPS would be reduced.
• Though this idea that all the will convert into equity shares is just a fictitious one, still calculating diluted earnings per share helps a potential investor looks through all the aspects of the company’s capital structure.

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