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Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC)
Retained Earnings
$438 Mil (As of Apr. 2016)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Brady Corp's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2016 was $438 Mil.

Brady Corp's quarterly retained earnings increased from Oct. 2015 ($423 Mil) to Jan. 2016 ($428 Mil) and increased from Jan. 2016 ($428 Mil) to Apr. 2016 ($438 Mil).

Brady Corp's annual retained earnings declined from Jul. 2013 ($539 Mil) to Jul. 2014 ($452 Mil) and declined from Jul. 2014 ($452 Mil) to Jul. 2015 ($414 Mil).


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.


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.

Brady Corp Annual Data

Retained Earnings 461540639673719789732539452414

Brady Corp Quarterly Data

Retained Earnings 558572452455457464414423428438
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