What does "SEN" / "sen" (possibly an abbreviation?) mean in a shareholders' context?

In particular, I am wondering how to interpret "sen" in the following context:

  • "Earnings Per Share (sen)"

This can be encountered a lot, as a simple google query "Earnings Per Share (sen)" shows.


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Perhaps "sen" is no more than a 1/100 sub-unit of the (e.g.) currency Malaysian ringgit? Such a sub-unit is called "sen", and is etymologically related to the English word "cent".

It seems even more likely that "sen" in "Earnings Per Share (sen)" refers to a 1/100 sub-unit of a currency, as the google query "Earnings Per Share (cents)" yields many similar results.

But even if that would be the case, I think there can be more elaborate answers than mine, which also explains a bit more about the meaning of the words "Earnings Per Share", in relation to numbers expressed in either "cents" or "sen".

  • $\begingroup$ So is your question about currency names, or something else about earnings per share? If the latter, what is your specific question about earnings per share? $\endgroup$
    – 410 gone
    Apr 18, 2016 at 9:38
  • $\begingroup$ @EnergyNumbers I only just discovered that sen is a currency, and the word cent indeed seems to be used in combination with the text string Earnings Per Share in an English context. But I could still have a lot too learn from an answer which would exactly explain what it in general means when you see some numbers in a shareholders' context specified as Earnings Per Share, and more particular (that would be an easy application then) expressed in cents or sen. $\endgroup$
    – O0123
    Apr 18, 2016 at 9:41

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