Reporting and Analyzing Stockholders
Limited liability of stockholders; limited to investment
Transferable ownership rights
Ability to acquire capital
Corporation management: Shareholders Shareholders
File application with the state government
Corporate charter by-law
Double taxation II.
1. Basics of Stock Issue:
Authorized Stock: The maximum amount of stock that a corporation is authorized to sell by corporate charter.
Outstanding Stock: Capital stock that has been issued and is being held by stockholders. Legal capital= # of issued shares x par value per share.
Par Value Stock: Capital stock that has been assigned an arbitrary value per share in the corporate charter.
No-par value Stock: Capital stock that has not been assigned a value in the corporate charter.
Stated Value of No-par value Stock: Value per share assigned by the board of directors to no-par value stock. Authorized Issued Outstanding.
Paid-in Capital: Amount paid to corporation by stockholders for shares of ownership.
Retained Earnings: Earned capital held for future use in the business.
2. Accounting for Common Stock Issues:
Issuing Stock at Par Example 1: On March 1, 2002, XYZ Company issued 10,000 shares of $10 par value common stock at par.
Issuing Stock above Par
Example 2: On June 10, XYZ Company issued 5,000 shares of $10 par value common stock at $12 per share. Cash 60,000(=5,000×12) Common Stock50,000 Additional paid in capital14,000 (Paid-in capital in excess of par) What if the common stock issued on June 10 is no-par stock with a stated value of $10? Cash60,000 Common Stock50,000 Additional Paid in capital10,000
3. Treasury Stock:
A corporation’s own stock that has been issued, fully paid for, and reacquired by the corporation but not retired. Issued but not outstanding:
Corporations acquire treasury stock to … reissue shares to employees under bonus and stock compensation plans;
increase trading of the company’s stock in securities market to enhance market value;
reduce the number of shares outstanding, and therefore increase earnings per share (EPS);
prevent a hostile takeover.
Purchasing Treasury Stock:
Cost method: Treasury stock is increased by the amount paid to reacquire the shares, and is decreased by the same amount when the shares are later sold.
Example 3: On October 15, 2002, XYZ Company acquired 2,000 shares of the stock issued on June 10 in Example 2 at $9 per share.
On the balance sheet: Stockholders equity Paid in capital Common stock (par) Additional paid-in capital Retained earnings Less:
Treasury stock (a contra equity account).
Effect of purchasing treasury stock on common stock:
Preferred stock has contractual provisions that give it preferences over common stock in dividends and assets in the event of a liquidation.
Preferred stockholders do not have voting rights.
Example 4: On November 5, 2002, XYZ Company issued 5,000 shares of $10 par value preferred stock for $13 per share. Cash65,000 Preferred Stock50,000 Additional Paid in capital15,000
Preferred stockholders have the right to share in the distribution of corporate income before common stockholders;
The first claim to dividends does not guarantee dividends;
Cumulative Dividends: Preferred stockholders receive current and unpaid prior-year dividends before common stockholders receive any dividends. When dividends are cumulative, preferred dividends that were not declared in a given period are called dividends in arrears.
XYZ Company issued 10,000 shares of 10%, $5 par value cumulative preferred stock On January 1, 1999. XYZ had not declared any dividends until December 31, 2002. 1999: 10,000x 5 x 10% = 5,000 2000: 5,000 2001: 5,000 2002:5,000 Dec 31, 02: $20,000 in cash. Dividends in arrears are not a liability. They should be disclosed in the notes to financial statements. Liquidation Preference- Creditors Prefered stock holders common stockholders. Distribution by the corporation to the stockholders on a pro-rata basis.
To pay a cash dividend, a company must have:
Some Important Dates:
Declaration date: the date the board of directors formally authorizes the cash dividends and announces it to stockholders.
Retained earnings Dividends payable
Record date: The date ownership of outstanding shares is determined for dividend purposes.
Companies pay stock dividends to …
Satisfy stockholders’ dividend expectations without paying cash;
Increase the marketability of its stock;
Emphasize that a portion of stockholders’ equity has been permanently reinvested in the business.
Small Stock Dividend: If the stock dividend is less than 20%-25% of the corporation’s issued stock, it is recorded at the fair market value per share.
Large Stock Dividend: If the stock dividend is greater than 20%-25% of the corporation’s issued stock, it is recorded at par or stated value per share.
Example 6: On February 1, 2003, the balance of XYZ Company’s retained earnings was $2,500,000. XYZ Company declared a 15% stock dividend on its 100,000 shares of $10 par value common stock. The current fair market value of XYZ Company’s stock is $13 per share. Retained earnings195,000 Stock dividend Distributable150,000 Additional paid in capital45,000 On March 1, 2003, XYZ Company issued the dividend shares. Stock dividend distributable 150,000 Common Stock150,000 – Effect of stock dividends on stockholders’ equity and its components: S/E Retained earnings195,000 (Decrease)
The issuance of additional shares of stock to stockholders accompanied
A reduction in the par or stated value
An increase in number of shares.
Return on common stockholders’ equity ratio:
(NI-Prefered stockholders dividends)
Average common stockholders equity