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Qualcomm Inc (NAS:QCOM)
Retained Earnings
$29,618 Mil (As of Jun. 2014)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Qualcomm Inc's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2014 was $29,618 Mil.

Qualcomm Inc's quarterly retained earnings increased from Dec. 2013 ($26,737 Mil) to Mar. 2014 ($28,097 Mil) and increased from Mar. 2014 ($28,097 Mil) to Jun. 2014 ($29,618 Mil).

Qualcomm Inc's annual retained earnings increased from Sep. 2011 ($16,204 Mil) to Sep. 2012 ($20,701 Mil) and increased from Sep. 2012 ($20,701 Mil) to Sep. 2013 ($25,461 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.

Qualcomm Inc Annual Data

Sep04Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13
Retained Earnings 2,7094,3286,1008,54110,71711,23513,30516,20420,70125,461

Qualcomm Inc Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
Retained Earnings 19,09019,86820,70122,17223,59924,56425,46126,73728,09729,618
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