Equity Share and its Types

Equity share is a primary source of finance for any company giving investors rights to vote, share profits, and claim assets. In the world of finance and investment management, ‘equity share’ is a big word, and we frequently use it in every following discussion. We call it stock, ordinary shares, or shares; all are the same.

Explaining equity shares on a page or a bunch of pages is very difficult. Let us still try to define it in as a summarized manner as possible.

Usually, a company is started with equity finance as its first source of capital from the owners or promoters of that company (founder’s stock). After a certain level of growth, there is a requirement for more capital for further growth. The company then finds an investor in the form of friends, relatives, venture capitalists, mutual funds, or any such small group of investors and issues new equity shares to these investors.

Equity Share and its Types

A point comes where the company reaches a very high level and requires enormous capital investment for business growth. An Initial Public Offer (IPO) is the offer of shares that the company makes to the general public for the first time. And Follow-up Public Offer (FPO) is the offer company makes in the future to the public. Other than these, there are various other sources of equity financing. But let us first work on our basics and try to understand various terms related to equity shares.

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Equity Shares

They fall under the long-term sources of finance– category because, legally, they are irredeemable. If a company redeems its equity shares, it indicates that the company is going for the process of liquidation. For an investor, these shares are a certificate of ownership in the company by virtue of which investors are entitled to share the net profits and have a residual claim over the company’s assets in the event of liquidation. Investors have voting rights in the company, and their liability to the company is limited to the amount of issue price of the equity stock.

Equity Share and its Types

Types of Equity Shares

There are various classes of shares (equity) dependent on multiple things. Let’s discuss them.

Authorized Share Capital

It is the maximum amount of capital that a company can issue. Companies can increase it from time to time by altering their memorandum.

Issued Share Capital

It is part of the authorized capital that the company offers to investors.

Subscribed Share Capital

Subscribed share capital is that part of issued share capital that an investor accepts and agrees upon.

It is part of the subscribed capital for which the investors have paid. Normally, all companies accept complete money in one shot, and therefore issued, subscribed, and paid capital becomes the same. Conceptually, paid-up capital is the amount of money a company invests in the business. It is also known as contributed capital.

Apart from the above, other types of shares (equity) also exist.

Rights Shares

Right shares are those that a company issues to its existing shareholders. The company issues such kinds of shares to protect the ownership rights of the existing investors.

Bonus Shares

When the company issues shares to its shareholders in the form of a dividend, we shall call them bonus shares.

Sweat Equity Share

Sweat equity shares are issued to exceptional employees or directors of the company for their exceptional job in terms of providing know-how or intellectual property rights to the company.

Treasury Stock

Treasury stock means the share that the company has bought back. Read Treasury Stock Vs Common Stock to understand what are treasury shares and how these are different from common shares.

The following are the various terms used to determine different prices of equity shares:

Par or Face Value

Par or face value is the value of shares that we record in the books of accounts. It is also termed the legal capital in the books of accounts of the company.

Issue Price

This price is the price at which a company offers its shares to investors.

Share/Security Premium

When the issuance of shares is at a price higher than face value, we shall call this excess amount a security premium.

Share at Discount

On the contrary to the above, when the issuance of shares is at a price lower than face value, we call this deficit amount as share issued at discount.

Book Value

The book value of equity shares, also known as “shareholders’ equity” or “net assets”, represents the residual value of a company’s assets after deducting its liabilities. In other words, it is the total amount of assets that would remain if all the company’s debts were paid off. The formula to calculate the book value is:

Book Value of Equity Shares = (Paid-up Capital + Reserves and Surplus – Any Loss) / The total number of equity shares of the company

Market Value

In the case of companies listed on stock exchanges, the market value of the equity share is the price at which they are currently sold in the market. The other term for it is market capitalization. It may happen that stock market value and value as per fundamental principles differ. Because there are a number of sentiments that affect the stock market value.

Fundamental Value 

The fundamental value of equity shares, also known as “intrinsic value“, is an estimate of the true value of a company’s shares based on its underlying financial and economic factors. This value is determined by analyzing the company’s financial statements, business model, industry trends, management team, and other relevant factors that may affect its future earnings and growth prospects.

How do Equity Shares Work?

When talking about equity shares, there are two angles. One is the investing angle, wherein the investor invests in equity shares, and the second is the financing angle where a company accepts the finance in the form of equity. Therefore, it is very important to determine on what basis a person is evaluating equity shares – an equity investment or an equity financing option.

Refer to our following article to learn about the advantages and disadvantages from both angles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does equity mean in stocks?

Equity in stocks is a long-term source of finance for any company, where the investors get shares as a certification of ownership in the company. These investors are entitled to the voting right, share in the net profits and residual claim on the assets of the company at the time of liquation of the company

What are various types of equity share capital?

Authorized share capital.
Issued share capital.
Subscribed share capital.
Paid-up capital.
Right shares.
Bonus shares.
Sweat equity shares.

What are rights shares?

Rights shares or right issue refers to the shares issued to the existing shareholders. These shares protect the ownership rights of the existing investors.

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Sanjay Borad

Sanjay Bulaki Borad

MBA-Finance, CMA, CS, Insolvency Professional, B'Com

Sanjay Borad, Founder of eFinanceManagement, is a Management Consultant with 7 years of MNC experience and 11 years in Consultancy. He caters to clients with turnovers from 200 Million to 12,000 Million, including listed entities, and has vast industry experience in over 20 sectors. Additionally, he serves as a visiting faculty for Finance and Costing in MBA Colleges and CA, CMA Coaching Classes.

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