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Amazon.com Inc  (NAS:AMZN) EBITDA per Share: $28.57 (TTM As of Sep. 2017)

Amazon.com Inc's EBITDA per share for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was $7.00. Its EBITDA per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was $28.57.

During the past 12 months, the average EBITDA per Share Growth Rate of Amazon.com Inc was 17.70% per year. During the past 3 years, the average EBITDA per Share Growth Rate was 45.50% per year. During the past 5 years, the average EBITDA per Share Growth Rate was 41.10% per year. During the past 10 years, the average EBITDA per Share Growth Rate was 28.90% per year. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)'s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the EBITDA per share growth rate using EBITDA per Share data.

NAS:AMZN' s 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.7   Max: 220.1
Current: 45.5

15.7
220.1

During the past 13 years, the highest 3-Year average EBITDA per Share Growth Rate of Amazon.com Inc was 220.10% per year. The lowest was 15.70% per year. And the median was 32.40% per year.

NAS:AMZN's 3-Year EBITDA Growth Rate is ranked higher than
92% of the 750 Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. NAS:AMZN: 45.50 )

Amazon.com Inc's EBITDA for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was $3,456 Mil.

During the past 12 months, the average EBITDA Growth Rate of Amazon.com Incwas 19.80% per year. During the past 3 years, the average EBITDA Growth Rate was 47.40% per year. During the past 5 years, the average EBITDA Growth Rate was 42.70% per year. During the past 10 years, the average EBITDA Growth Rate was 30.60% per year. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)'s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the EBITDA Growth Rate using EBITDA data.

During the past 13 years, the highest 3-Year average EBITDA Growth Rate of Amazon.com Inc was 272.90% per year. The lowest was 18.30% per year. And the median was 33.60% per year.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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Amazon.com Inc Annual Data

Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
EBITDA per Share Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 6.17 8.39 10.49 17.42 25.81

Amazon.com Inc Quarterly Data

Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17
EBITDA per Share Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 5.55 7.38 7.20 7.00 7.00

Calculation

EBITDA per Share is the amount of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) per outstanding share of the company's stock.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) is what the company earns before it expenses interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Amazon.com Inc's EBITDA per share for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

EBITDA Per Share(A: Dec. 2016 )
=EBITDA/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=12492/484.000
=25.81

Amazon.com Inc's EBITDA per share for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 is calculated as

EBITDA Per Share(Q: Sep. 2017 )
=EBITDA/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=3456/494.000
=7.00

EBITDA per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was 7.384 (Dec. 2016 ) + 7.198 (Mar. 2017 ) + 6.996 (Jun. 2017 ) + 6.996 (Sep. 2017 ) = $28.57

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Explanation

EBITDA is a cash flow measure that ignores changes in working capital. EBITDA minus Depreciation, and Amortization (DA) equals Operating Income. Operating Income is profit before interest and taxes. Of course, Interest and taxes need to be paid.

While depreciation and amortization expenses do not need to be paid in cash, assets - especially tangible assets - do need to be replaced over time. EBITDA is not a measure of profit in any sense. EBITDA is a measure of cash generation by a business where the uses of that cash may be more or less discretionary depending on the nature of the business.

The EBITDA of a TV station is largely discretionary. Owners may use much of the EBITDA generated by a TV station as they see fit. The EBITDA of a railroad is largely non-discretionary. Owners must use much of the EBITDA generated by a railroad to replace the physical assets of the railroad or the business will literally fall apart over time.

EBITDA can be thought of as the cash a business generates that is available to:

Add more inventory
Add more receivables
Replace property, plant, and equipment
Add more property, plant, and equipment
Pay interest
Pay taxes
And finally: pay owners

EBITDA is widely used in financial analysis because Depreciation and Amortization are not present day cash expenses.. Depreciation and amortization are the spreading out of the costs of assets over the time in which those assets provide benefits. Today's depreciation and amortization expenses relate to assets bought in the past. The assets being expensed may or may not need to be replaced in the future. And the cost to replace the assets may be more or less than it was in the past. For this reason, the depreciation and amortization expenses a company records in the present year may have no relationship to the actual cash costs needed to maintain its assets in future years.

A company's depreciation expense depends on both its expectations about the assets it owns and its choice of accounting methods. Two companies owning identical assets may have different depreciation expenses because they have different expectations about the useful lives of those assets and because they make different accounting choices.

Analysts use EBITDA to remove this element of personal choice from a company's accounting statements. The use of EBITDA is an attempt to make the results of different companies more comparable and uniform.


Be Aware

Although depreciation is not a cash cost it is a real business cost because the company has to pay for the fixed assets when they purchase them. Both Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger hate the idea of EDITDA because in this calculation, depreciation is not counted as an expense.

EBITDA over Revenue is a good metric for comparing the operating efficiencies between companies because EBITDA is less vulnerable to companies' accounting choices. For this reason, EBITDA is used in ranking the Predictability of Companies. Also price/EBITDA is sometimes used in valuations.


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