This podcast shares insights on accounting for earnings per share (EPS).
Every Tuesday in August, Bret Dooley, Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National office, is taking over the podcast to share insights on financial instruments hot topics. In each 25-minute episode, Bret will discuss 5 things you need to know.
In this episode, Bret is joined by John Horan, a managing director in PwC’s National office with a focus on financial instruments, to break down what we need to know on earnings per share (EPS).
In this episode, you’ll hear:
  • 2:20 - Reminders on the basic EPS calculation, including considerations for participating securities and application of the the two-class method
  • 11:45 - The impact of mezzanine equity on the basic EPS calculation
  • 15:12 - The impact of new FASB guidance (ASU 2020-06) on EPS calculations for contracts that can be settled in cash or shares
  • 20:01 - Complexities in the dilution calculation for liability-classified warrants and convertible debt with bifurcated conversion options
  • 21:48 - Why companies should evaluate repurchased convertible instruments separately

For more information, read chapter 7 of our Financial statement presentation guide. Additionally, check out a prior podcast in this mini series.
About our guests
John Horan is a managing director in PwC’s National office where he assists clients with complex accounting issues in the areas of foreign currency, liabilities and equity, earnings per share, and derivatives and hedging. John specializes in large capital transactions and initial public offerings.
Bret Dooley is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National office who leads teams focused on the financial services sectors and accounting for financial instruments. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services, banking, and capital markets industries. Bret focuses on emerging financial reporting issues related to financial instruments, developing interpretive guidance, and assisting clients in resolving complex accounting matters.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
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