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Primus Guaranty Ltd (OTCPK:PRSG)
Earnings Per Share
$-1.07 (TTM As of Dec. 2011)

Primus Guaranty Ltd's diluted earnings per share (Diluted EPS) for the three months ended in Dec. 2011 was $2.86. Its diluted earnings per share (Diluted EPS) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2011 was $-1.07.

Primus Guaranty Ltd's basic earnings per share (Basic EPS) for the three months ended in Dec. 2011 was $2.86. Its basic earnings per share (Basic EPS) for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2011 was $-1.05.

Primus Guaranty Ltd's earnings per share without non-recurring items for the three months ended in Dec. 2011 was $2.84. Its earnings per share without non-recurring items for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2011 was $-1.19.


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.

Primus Guaranty Ltd's Earnings Per Share (Diluted) for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2011 is calculated as

Diluted Earnings Per Share (A: Dec. 2011 )=(Net Income-Preferred Dividends)/Total Shares Outstanding
=(-33.765-3.035)/36.849
=-1.00

Primus Guaranty Ltd's Earnings Per Share (Diluted) for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2011 is calculated as

Diluted Earnings Per Share (Q: Dec. 2011 )=(Net Income-Preferred Dividends)/Total Shares Outstanding
=(101.16-0.692)/35.163
=2.86

Primus Guaranty Ltd Earnings per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2011 was 2.21 (Mar. 2011 ) + 1.62 (Jun. 2011 ) + -7.76 (Sep. 2011 ) + 2.857 (Dec. 2011 ) = $-1.07

* 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.


Related Terms

Net Income, Preferred Dividends, Total Shares Outstanding (Diluted), Diluted Earnings Per Share (Diluted EPS), Basic Earnings Per Share (Basic EPS), Earnings Per Share (NRI)


Historical Data

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

Primus Guaranty Ltd Annual Data

Dec02Dec03Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11
per share eps -1.222.330.590.092.13-12.58-38.3735.266.33-1.00

Primus Guaranty Ltd Quarterly Data

Sep09Dec09Mar10Jun10Sep10Dec10Mar11Jun11Sep11Dec11
per share eps 11.147.032.15-4.845.723.272.211.62-7.762.86
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