Thursday, June 25, 2015

Companies Continue To Enhance Earnings Per Share Via Stock Buybacks

S&P Dow Jones Indices released first quarter 2015 buyback detail for the S&P 500 Index. On a year over year basis, buybacks declined 9.5%. In conjunction with the YOY decline in buybacks, YOY operating earnings declined 6.3% and as reported earnings declined nearly 13%. Important in the buyback report is the fact 20% of S&P 500 companies reduced their share count by at least 4%. This share count reduction enhances reported earnings per share and investors need to be aware of the artificial growth in EPS that results from this activity.
From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors

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