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What is Common Equity & How To Calculate It

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The equity being offered to common shareholders by a company is known as common equity.  It is very easy to evaluate common equity. Common equity can be calculated by deducting proffered equity from the shareholders’ total equity calculated by the company’s financial statements.

Common equity is important in preparing an investment roadmap for investors looking to invest in a company.

Using common equity one can estimate ratios and projected returns on common equity. This is how potential investors can understand how lucrative it will be to invest in a particular company as a common shareholder.

If you are an investor or investment offering company or running a White Label Equity Crowdfunding Software it is important for you to understand this.

This is how to calculate common equity:

You mainly need three parameters to calculate Common Stock, Surplus Capital & Retained earnings.

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Common Equity Calculator


Instructions

Common Stock: Ask your accountant for a copy of your company’s balance sheet. You can come down to Common Equity by multiplying outstanding common stock by the face value of the stock to get the desired figure. If a company has 10,000 shares with a face value of $5/per share, its common equity will be $50,000.

Capital Surplus can be found in the company’s balance sheet under the head of Additional Paid-in Capital (APIC.) For instance, a company may have Capital Surplus worth $15,000.

Find out the Retained Earnings of the company generally included in the balance sheet under the title retained earnings below the Stockholders’ Equity section. Let’s assume the company’s retained earnings are $38,000.

Common Equity is a sum of the value of common stock+ surplus capital+ retained earnings. In this example common equity will be $50,000 + $15,000 + $38,000 = $103,000

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