The financial metric that matters more than profits | Difference between Earnings and Free Cash Flow

Our ‘Earnings’ Obsession They are called “Earnings Calls” Defined by Investopedia as “A conference call between the management of a public company, analysts, investors and the media to discuss the financial results during a given reporting period such as a quarter or a fiscal year. An earnings call is usually preceded by an earnings report, which contains summary information on financial performance for the period.” The financial media has it front and centre as the metric to watch and report. No wonder then that we seek out “Earnings per Share” more than other investment metrics. So what’s wrong with Earnings

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Decoding the PE ratio of a stock

At a glance Price-Earnings or PE is the most widely valuation metric by equity market investors However, arbitrarily shifting PE levels and differences across industry groups mean it’s hard for an investor to utilize it in his decision-making The conservative interpretation of PE should be “the number of years of earnings it will take to pay back your cost of buying a share” Additionally, PE is an indicator of the market’s expectations of earnings growth over a sustained period of time. Working out that expected growth number provides an investor additional information on the suitability of a purchase Ask a

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