Switch to:
Tesla Inc  (NAS:TSLA) Retained Earnings: $-4,299 Mil (As of Sep. 2017)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Tesla Inc's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 was $-4,299 Mil.

Tesla Inc's quarterly retained earnings declined from Mar. 2017 ($-3,343 Mil) to Jun. 2017 ($-3,680 Mil) and declined from Jun. 2017 ($-3,680 Mil) to Sep. 2017 ($-4,299 Mil).

Tesla Inc's annual retained earnings declined from Dec. 2014 ($-1,434 Mil) to Dec. 2015 ($-2,322 Mil) and declined from Dec. 2015 ($-2,322 Mil) to Dec. 2016 ($-2,997 Mil).


Historical Data

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

* Premium members only.

Tesla Inc Annual Data

Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
Retained Earnings Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -1,065.61 -1,139.62 -1,433.66 -2,322.32 -2,997.24

Tesla Inc Quarterly Data

Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17
Retained Earnings 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 -2,875.90 -2,997.24 -3,343.19 -3,679.58 -4,298.96

Calculation

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.


Headlines

From the Internet

Assessing Teslas Real Cash Flow

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 22:47:56

Good Bad Ugly Semi Unveiling

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 18:21:26

Tesla Semi Diesel Dead

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 18:20:03

The Biggest Loser: Tesla’s Latest Victim?

- Barron's 2017-11-17 17:56:00

Toyota Chairman: 'Tesla Is Not Our Role Model'

- theStreet 2017-11-17 14:20:00

Benchmark Indexes Lower but Retail Shares Rally

- theStreet 2017-11-17 12:12:00

Tesla Unveils Trucks Need Car

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 11:53:08

Wal-Mart planning to test Tesla's truck: report

- MarketWatch 2017-11-17 11:42:00

Teslas Q4 Brace Another Loss

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 10:55:59

Teslas Semi Capital Raise

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 10:45:33

Data Deluge

- Zacks 2017-11-17 10:38:00

A Bearish View on Telsa

- Barron's 2017-11-17 09:54:28

Wall Street Dips as Stocks Ease Off Record Rally

- theStreet 2017-11-17 09:36:00

On Housing, Q3 Retail & New Tesla Products

- Zacks 2017-11-17 09:35:00

Part 5 Offshore Drillers Still Race Q3 Doomed

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 08:31:20

Wall Street Breakfast Nafta Talks Resume Mexico City

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-17 06:36:38

Tesla's big semi truck unveiling live blog

- theStreet 2017-11-16 22:38:00

Tesla's Future Still Depends on the Model 3

- Barron's 2017-11-16 16:26:02

Tesla Semi Watching

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-16 14:50:36

Big Institutions Continue Tesla Sell Q3

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-16 13:38:38

Tesla Refuting Competition Thesis

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-16 12:06:41

Wall Street Breakfast Tesla Plugs New Truck

- Seekingalpha 2017-11-16 07:06:42

Get WordPress Plugins for easy affiliate links on Stock Tickers and Guru Names | Earn affiliate commissions by embedding GuruFocus Charts
GuruFocus Affiliate Program: Earn up to $400 per referral. ( Learn More)

GF Chat

{{numOfNotice}}
FEEDBACK