A portion of the combined statement of income and retained earnings of Blue Inc. for the current year follows. Income before extraordinary item $15,060,000 Loss from discontinued operations, net of

A portion of the combined statement of income and retained earnings of Blue Inc. for the current year follows. Income before extraordinary item $15,060,000 Loss from discontinued operations, net of applicable income tax (Note 1) 1,320,000 Net income 13,740,000 Retained earnings at the beginning of the year 84,220,000 97,960,000 Dividends declared: On preferred stock—$6.00 per share $300,000 On common stock—$1.75 per share 15,050,000 15,350,000 Retained earnings at the end of the year $82,610,000 Note 1. During the year, Blue Inc. suffered a major loss from discontinued operations of $1,320,000 after applicable income tax reduction of $1,220,000. At the end of the current year, Blue Inc. has outstanding 8,670,000 shares of $10 par common stock and 50,000 shares of 6% preferred. On April 1 of the current year, Blue Inc. issued 980,000 shares of common stock for $32 per share to finance the loss from discontinued operations. Compute the earnings per share on common stock for the current year as it should be reported to stockholders. (Round answer to 2 decimal places, e.g. $2.55.)

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