What is Windfall Profit?

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Amid an extended ban on onion exports, farmers and traders are miffed that some shipments allowed by the government to markets like the UAE have been sold at a pittance, yielding windfall profits for selected importers.

About Windfall Profit

  • A windfall profit refers to a sudden increase in profits, typically caused by an unexpected event or circumstance.
  • Such profits are generally well above historical norms and may occur due to factors such as a price spike or supply shortage that are either temporary in nature or longer-lasting.
  • Windfall profits are generally reaped byanentire industrysector but can also find their way to an individual company or individual.
  • Among the reasons that windfall profits can arise are a sudden change in market structure, an executive order from the government, a court ruling, or a dramatic shift in trade policy.
  • Interms of an individual, a windfall profit/gain could be a spike in income as a result of a specific, one-time event, such as winning the lottery or inheriting a fortune or valuable property.
  • Businesses typically use these profits in part to increase dividends, buy back shares, reinvest in the business for future growth, or reduce debt.
  • Windfall Tax:
    • Windfall profits often receive a windfall tax.
    • It is a tax levied by governments against certain industries when economic conditions allow those industries to experience significantly above-average profits.

Q1: What is a dividend?

A dividend is the distribution of a company's earnings to its shareholders and is determined by the company's board of directors. Dividends are often distributed quarterly and may be paid out as cash or in the form of reinvestment in additional stock.

Source: Onion traders cry foul over underpriced exports to UAE