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    Common Abbreviations (Quick Reference)
     
    Common abbreviations used on ShareData Onlineand in  Profile's Stock Exchange Handbook are listed here in alphabetical order.

    alt: alternate director

    Att Inc: Attributable Income (i.e., after tax profit attributable to ordinary shareholders)

    Beta: Volatility in relation to the FTSE/JSE All Share index see Ratios and Statistics for more information

    Calendar: Unconfirmed, ProfileData estimate; Estimate, provisional date provided by company; Confirmed, firm date provided by company

    cps: cents per share

    cum div: "cum div" means that a share qualifies to receive a dividend that has been declared (provided it is not sold on or before the Ldt)

    D:E: Debt:Equity Ratio

    Div Cover: a ratio of the earnings per share to the dividends per share

    Directors: ne, non-executive; ind ne independent non-executive; alt, alternative director

    DPLU: Distribution per Linked Unit used for loan stock companies where shares are linked to a debt instrument (i.e., the distribution is part dividend, part interest. see DPS ).

    DPS: Dividends Per Share (or Distributions Per Share in some cases)

    DWT: Dividends Withholding Tax replaced STC (secondary tax on companies) in 2012 at a flat rate of 15%

    DY: Dividend Yield see Ratios and Statistics for more information

    EPLU: Earnings per Linked Unit used for loan stock companies where shares are linked to a debt instrument (see EPS).

    EPS: Earnings per Share Earnings (profits) per share

    ex div: the day on which purchasers of a security no longer qualify to receive the last declared dividend

    Financials: (R), results restated; (P), pro-forma

    HEPLU: Headline Earnings per Linked Unit used for loan stock companies where shares are linked to a debt instrument (see HEPS)

    HEPS: Headline Earnings Per Share -- Earnings (profits) per share after exceptional items

    ISIN: International Securities Identification Number, the first two characters of which are the issuing country code

    Ldt: Last day to trade to qualify for dividends or other corporate action (for dividends, the Ldt is the day before the security goes ex div)

    Ldr: Last day to register (also known as the record date), usually five days after the Ldt the date by which the shareholder's name must appear in the register of shareholders

    Liquidity: value and volume traded for the 12 months up to publication date

    Market Cap: Market Capitalisation (ie, total market value of shares in issue calculated as shares outstanding multiplied by the share price)

    NAV: Net Asset Value

    ne: non-executive

    Ords: Ordinary shares (known as common stock in the USA) which entitle holders to vote and to receive dividends as determined by the directors (cf Prefs) Ords "N": Non-voting ordinary shares

    (P): Pro-forma financials

    P/E: Ratio of Price to Earnings (profit) also shown sometimes as PE or P:E

    PEG: Price/Earnings Growth ratio

    Prefs: Preference shares, which usually entitle holders to fixed dividends that take priority over ordinary dividends

    (R): Restated result

    Scrip: Stock market parlance for a share certificate

    Scrip/100: The number of shares a shareholder can elect to receive per one hundred ordinary share held instead of a cash dividend

    Sedol: Security codes used in the UK and Ireland (the acronym stands for "Securities Exchange Daily Official List")

    SENS: The JSE's Stock Exchange News Service per JSE rules, listed companies must disseminate price-sensitive information on SENS before it appears in any other form

    Shares outstanding: the number of shares in issue

    Tr 5yr av grwth %: Trailing five-year average growth (i.e., average of five years to that point)

    TRI: Total Return Index (i.e., price performance including reinvestment of dividends/distributions)

    Volatility: Standard deviation of month-on-month percentage price change over 36 months

    Warrant: A listed security which, much like a traded option, entitles the holder to buy an underlying share at a set price until the expiry of a defined time period

    ZAR: South African rands

    ZARc: South African cents


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