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The Western Union Co (NYSE:WU)
Retained Earnings
$419 Mil (As of Dec. 2016)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. The Western Union Co's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was $419 Mil.

The Western Union Co's quarterly retained earnings increased from Jun. 2016 ($877 Mil) to Sep. 2016 ($931 Mil) but then declined from Sep. 2016 ($931 Mil) to Dec. 2016 ($419 Mil).

The Western Union Co's annual retained earnings increased from Dec. 2014 ($969 Mil) to Dec. 2015 ($977 Mil) but then declined from Dec. 2015 ($977 Mil) to Dec. 2016 ($419 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.

The Western Union Co Annual Data

Retained Earnings 45329433592760755877969977419

The Western Union Co Quarterly Data

Retained Earnings 856969932884912977828877931419
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