Karan In: 1. Financial Accounting > Accounting Terms & Basics What is accumulated profit meaning? What is accumulated profit meaning? Share Facebook You must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Captcha* Remember Me! Forgot Password? Need An Account, Sign Up Here 1 Answer Voted Recent AbhishekBatabyal Helpful Pursuing CA, BCOM (HONS) 2021-11-20T20:43:57+00:00Added an answer on November 20, 2021 at 8:43 pm Accumulated profit is the amount of profit left after the payment of dividends to the shareholders. It is also known as retained earnings. It is the profit that is not distributed as dividends to shareholders, hence called retained earnings. This accumulated profit is an important source of internal finance for a company. Accumulated profit or retained earnings can be ascertained using the following formula: Accumulated profit = Opening balance of accumulated profit + Net Profit/Loss (loss being in the negative figure) – Dividend paid Accumulated profit can be put to the following uses: To reinvest into the business in form of capital assets or working capital. To repay the debt of the company. To pay dividends in future. To set off the net loss made by the company. Accumulated profit and reserves are often considered the same. But in substance, they are not. The reserves are actually part of the accumulated profit, but the converse is not true. They are created by transferring amounts from the accumulated profit. While reserves are created for purpose of strengthening the financial foundation of a firm, the accumulated profit’s main purpose is to make reinvest in the business to increase its growth. The amount of accumulated profits depends upon the retention ratio and dividend payout ratio of a company. The retention ratio is the opposite of the dividend payout ratio. The formula of dividend pay-out ratio = Dividend payable/Net Income And retention ratio = 1 – (Dividend payable/Net Income) If the retention ratio is more than the dividend payout ratio, the accumulated profit remains positive. 0 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Related Questions What are some examples of deferred revenue expenses? Are brands intangible assets? What comes in debit side of Realisation account? What is recorded in the Realisation account? What is not included in Realisation account? What is recorded on the credit side of a Realisation account? Can accounts payable have a debit balance?