What is WM's Retained Earnings?

  Waste Management Inc ( WM ) |
1995 - 2021 (27 years)

Retained Earnings is 
$44.8B (1Y +3.94% )

WM Stock Price & Retained Earnings

Retained Earnings for WM competitors.
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Historical (All-Time) Stats for Retained Earnings

chevron_right 2021 $22.5B +29.2x *
( +13.5% / year avg)
chevron_left 1995 -$744.9M
vertical_align_top Peak $43.1B +42.2x *
vertical_align_bottom Bottom -$1.0B
arrow_drop_up # Up Years 22 22 of 27
years up.
arrow_drop_down # Down Years 5
Up Years = Positive (0%+) YoY change
Down Years = Zero or Negative (0% or less) YoY change

Key Points (Stonk Price Comparison)

  • WM's stock price has rallied +4,321% from $2.65 in 1995 , or -1.35x faster than it's retained earnings over the same period.
  • If WM grows it's stock at the same rate as it's retained earnings (+13.5%/year) , it's stock price will grow +354% and hit $415.34 over the next 10 years.
  • WM's stock price has gone up 16 of the 22 years (+72%) it's retained earnings were also up.
* A modified method (see: here) is used to calculate changes that involve negative numbers.
  • WM Historical Retained Earnings Table
    in $ million
    * A modified method (see: here) is used to calculate changes that involve negative numbers.
    Year Retained Earnings YoY % Change* Stock Price YoY % Change (Stock Price)
    4/1/2021 $22,496 -47.8% $117.07 3.2%
    4/1/2020 $43,057 7.2% $113.46 -2.7%
    4/1/2019 $40,173 11.3% $116.62 33.9%
    4/1/2018 $36,085 18.6% $87.08 20.5%
    4/1/2017 $30,427 7.5% $72.28 23.5%
    4/1/2016 $28,302 4.9% $58.52 31.5%
    4/1/2015 $26,990 5.9% $44.52 9.9%
    4/1/2014 $25,480 -8.2% $40.51 20.2%
    4/1/2013 $27,768 2.7% $33.69 21.7%
    4/1/2012 $27,039 4.3% $27.68 9.3%
    4/1/2011 $25,936 5.4% $25.34 3.5%
    4/1/2010 $24,599 7.4% $24.47 14.9%
    4/1/2009 $22,900 8.1% $21.31 -12.2%
    4/1/2008 $21,185 14.7% $24.27 -3.8%
    4/1/2007 $18,464 16.9% $25.22 12.7%
    4/1/2006 $15,799 21.0% $22.37 28.2%
    4/1/2005 $13,054 24.0% $17.45 1.4%
    4/1/2004 $10,525 27.9% $17.2 6.5%
    4/1/2003 $8,231 55.3% $16.14 12.5%
    4/1/2002 $5,301 115.7% $14.35 -23.4%
    4/1/2001 $2,458 -2.3% $18.75 63.3%
    4/1/2000 $2,516 -45.3% $11.48 -25.6%
    4/1/1999 $4,602 57.0% $15.44 -53.7%
    4/1/1998 $2,931 626.6% $33.36 31.2%
    4/1/1997 $403 -138.6% $25.42 52.7%
    4/1/1996 $-1,046 40.4% $16.64 41.0%
    4/1/1995 $-744 - $11.8 -

  • About
    Industry: Waste Management
    Sector: Industrials
    Country: US
    IPO Date: 7/20/1993
    Stonk Exchange: NYSE
    • Waste Management, Inc
    • engages in the provision of waste management environmental services.
    • The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas and currently employs 43,700 full-time employees.
    • The Company, through its subsidiaries, is a provider of waste management environmental services.
    • The firm's segments include Solid Waste and Other.
    • The firm's Solid Waste segment includes its solid waste business.
    • The Other segment includes its Strategic Business Solutions (WMSBS) organization; its landfill gas-to-energy operations and third-party subcontract and administration services managed by its Energy and Environmental Services and WM Renewable Energy organizations; its recycling brokerage services, and its service offerings and solutions, such as portable self-storage and long distance moving services, fluorescent lamp recycling and interests it holds in oil and gas producing properties.
    • As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or operated 243 solid waste landfills and five secure hazardous waste landfills.
    • Its recycling brokerage services involve managing the marketing of recyclable materials for third parties.

  • Retained earnings (RE) is the amount of net income left over for the business after it has paid out dividends to its shareholders. A business generates earnings that can be positive (profits) or negative (losses).

    For more detailed definitions, please see Investopedia.