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AECOM (NYSE:ACM)
Retained Earnings
$544 Mil (As of Mar. 2016)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. AECOM's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was $544 Mil.

AECOM's quarterly retained earnings declined from Sep. 2015 ($522 Mil) to Dec. 2015 ($502 Mil) but then increased from Dec. 2015 ($502 Mil) to Mar. 2016 ($544 Mil).

AECOM's annual retained earnings increased from Sep. 2013 ($472 Mil) to Sep. 2014 ($677 Mil) but then declined from Sep. 2014 ($677 Mil) to Sep. 2015 ($522 Mil).


Definition

Retained Earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Because the net income was not distributed to shareholders, shareholders’ equity is increased by the same amount.

Of course, if a company loses, it is called retained losses, or accumulated losses.


Explanation

Historically profitable companies sometimes have negative retained earnings. This is because they have cumulatively paid out more to shareholders than they reported in profits.

For example, in 2011, Microsoft had negative retained earnings. This does not mean the company lost more money than it made over the years. It just means it paid out more money than it earned.

If a company has negative retained earnings, investors should check the 10-year financial results. They should not assume that negative retained earnings prove a company has generally lost money in the past.

Of course, many companies with negative retained earnings have indeed lost money in the past.

Retained Earnings: Warren Buffett’s Secret.

One of the most important indicators of durable competitive advantage. Net earnings can be paid out as dividends, used to buy back shares or retained for growth.

If the company loses more than it has accumulated, retained earnings is negative.

If a company isn’t adding to its retained earnings, it isn’t growing its net worth.

Rate of growth of retained earnings is good indicator whether it’s benefiting from a competitive advantage.

Microsoft is negative because it chose to buyback stock and pay dividends.

The more earnings retained, the faster it grows and increases growth rate for future earnings.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

AECOM Annual Data

Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14Sep15
Retained Earnings 075221414651827606472677522

AECOM Quarterly Data

Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16
Retained Earnings 504544613677574538521522502544
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