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DEPRECIATION RESERVE in the process of allocating the cost of a fixed asset over its effective service life in a systematic and rational manner (depreciation schedule), the value of each depreciable asset is reduced by its depreciation amount. To match this, the depreciation amounts are added to a "depreciation reserve" in the long-term liabilities.

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REPORTED EARNINGS PER SHARE is the earnings per share after profit owed to preference shareholders or minority interests is subtracted, i.e. it is the profit that actually belongs to the ordinary shareholders.

VISION is a concise written statement defining the mid-long term (3-5 year) strategy of the organization. The vision is the summary statement of how the organization wants/intends to be perceived by the world. The statement is external/market oriented, brief (1-3 sentences), and stated in “visionary,” colorful terms. Example: “Become the respected leader in financial services with a focus on end-to-end customer relationships and satisfaction, resulting in optimized balance sheets for our partners.”

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