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Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI)
Earnings Per Share
\$-2.64 (TTM As of Dec. 2014)

Arch Coal Inc's diluted earnings per share (Diluted EPS) for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-1.13. Its diluted earnings per share (Diluted EPS) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-2.64.

Arch Coal Inc's basic earnings per share (Basic EPS) for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-1.13. Its basic earnings per share (Basic EPS) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-2.64.

Arch Coal Inc's earnings per share without non-recurring items for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-1.13. Its earnings per share without non-recurring items for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-2.64.

During the past 13 years, Arch Coal Inc's highest 3-Year average earnings per share (NRI) Growth Rate was 140.10% per year. The lowest was -81.30% per year. And the median was -7.10% per year.

Definition

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the amount of earnings per outstanding share of the companys stock. In calculating earnings per share, the dividends of preferred stocks need to subtracted from the total net income first.

Arch Coal Inc's Earnings Per Share (Diluted) for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

 Diluted Earnings Per Share (A: Dec. 2014 ) = (Net Income - Preferred Dividends) / Total Shares Outstanding = (-558.353 - 0) / 212.221 = -2.63

Arch Coal Inc's Earnings Per Share (Diluted) for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

 Diluted Earnings Per Share (Q: Dec. 2014 ) = (Net Income - Preferred Dividends) / Total Shares Outstanding = (-240.136 - 0) / 212.248 = -1.13

Arch Coal Inc Earnings per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was -0.59 (Mar. 2014 ) + -0.46 (Jun. 2014 ) + -0.46 (Sep. 2014 ) + -1.131 (Dec. 2014 ) = \$-2.64

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

Companies also reported diluted shares in their financial reports. Diluted shares include the shares of convertibles or warrants outstanding.

Explanation

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the single most important variable used by Wall Street in determining the earnings power of a company. But investors need to be aware that Earnings per Share can be easily manipulated by adjusting depreciation and amortization rate or non-recurring items. That's why GuruFocus lists Earnings per share without Non-Recurring Items, which better reflects the company's underlying performance.

Be Aware

Compared with Earnings per share, a companys cash flow is better indicator of the companys earnings power.

If a companys earnings per share is less than cash flow per share over long term, investors need to be cautious and find out why.

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Historical Data

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

Arch Coal Inc Annual Data

 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 per share eps 0.18 1.80 1.21 2.45 0.28 0.97 0.74 -3.24 -3.03 -2.63

Arch Coal Inc Quarterly Data

 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 per share eps 0.22 -1.41 -0.33 -0.34 -0.61 -1.75 -0.59 -0.46 -0.46 -1.13
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