EARNINGS Definition

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EARNINGS is a term that refers to the financial capacity of a corporation to make distributions to shareholders other than return of capital, e.g., dividends. See also RETAINED EARNINGS.

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PREREFUNDING is the the issuing of new securities to refund an outstanding security. Proceeds from the new securities are used to buy instruments, usually U.S. Treasuries, to be held in escrow for the purpose of retiring bonds or preferred stock.

CASH PROFIT is profit after tax plus depreciation.

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