From a quantitative point of view which information is significant, what can be ignored?
From the following 10-Q information, the bold highlighted rows are most significant:
- Net sales
- Cost of sales
- Research and development
- Selling, general and administrative
- Total operating expenses
- Other income/(expense), net
- Income before provision for income taxes
- Provision for income taxes
Earnings per Share
Shares used in computing earnings per share:
Cash dividends declared per share
But keep in mind: this selection is not frozen in time. Some would argue that Net Income is also necessary.