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Manitowoc Co Inc (NYSE:MTW)
Retained Earnings
$238 Mil (As of Sep. 2016)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Manitowoc Co Inc's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was $238 Mil.

Manitowoc Co Inc's quarterly retained earnings declined from Mar. 2016 ($386 Mil) to Jun. 2016 ($378 Mil) and declined from Jun. 2016 ($378 Mil) to Sep. 2016 ($238 Mil).

Manitowoc Co Inc's annual retained earnings increased from Dec. 2013 ($353 Mil) to Dec. 2014 ($487 Mil) and increased from Dec. 2014 ($487 Mil) to Dec. 2015 ($540 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 local exchange's currency.

Manitowoc Co Inc Annual Data

Retained Earnings 9049031891051312223534875400

Manitowoc Co Inc Quarterly Data

Retained Earnings 4644874795025075403863782380
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