Accounting for Earnings per Share

1 Credits: Accounting


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Accounting for Earnings per Share

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Accounting

Course Description

If a company is publicly-held, it is required to report earnings per share information. A publicly-held entity is an organization whose debt or equity securities are traded on an exchange or the over-the-counter market, or which is required to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The investment community and financial press closely follow earnings per share information, considering it to be a key view of corporate profitability.

Accounting for Earnings per Share notes the types of organizations that are required to present earnings per share information and describes the requirements for calculating and presenting basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share. It also addresses the calculation methods used to derive earnings per share, including the treasury stock method, reverse treasury stock method, and two-class method.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the contents of the basic and diluted earnings per share calculations, the principle underlying these calculations, and the various methods of calculation.
  • Identify the types of dilutive securities.
  • Recognize the different ownership interests of a master limited partnership.
  • Note the legal authorization for requiring a publicly-held entity to make additional disclosures regarding non-GAAP information.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
February 27, 2024

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …