What is Owners Equity?
Owner’s equity is the value of the net investments available in the books of accounts of the company at a particular point of time and it is calculated by subtracting the total drawings of the owners out of the total money invested by it in the company.
In other words, it shows the amount the owner has invested in the business minus any money the owner has taken out of the business as withdrawal.
Starting a business requires the investment of funds by the owners of the business. These funds are required to invest in assets of the business and such funds can either be invested by the owners through their own sources or they can be borrowed externally. This is the proportion of assets that are financed by the owners of the business.
This term is popularly used in the case of a Sole proprietorship. In the case of company form of business, the term used is Stockholders Equity because the business is owned by stockholders holding the shares of the company. However, both have the same meaning; it is only the form of business.
Components of Owner’s Equity
Owners Equity = Assets – Liabilites
The components are as follows –
- Contributed Capital: It is the amount paid by the common shareholders of the company i.e. Par Value of common stock.
- Additional Paid-in capital: Additional Paid in Capital includes the cash proceeds received from common stock sales in excess of par value.
- Retained Earnings: Retained Earnings is the Cumulative Net Income that has not been distributed in the form of dividends instead retained in the business for future investment and growth.
- Other Comprehensive Income: Other comprehensive income includes the changes resulting on account of unrealized gains and losses on investments, on account of foreign currency translation ( A foreign currency translation gain/loss arising on account of conversion of result of parent company’s foreign subsidiaries into the local currency of parent company, such gain/loss is directly shown under this as Other Comprehensive Income).
So this equity is the remaining interest in assets that remains after subtracting the liabilities of an entity. This includes contributed capital, preferred stock, retained earnings, and accumulated other comprehensive income. It is also referred to as the Book value of the company because this Equity is equal to the reported asset amount minus the reported liability amounts in the balance sheet.
How to Find Owners Equity?
ABC International wants to know shareholders equity at the end of Financial Year 2017.
As on date, the company is having Equipment valued at Rs 500000, Inventory valued at Rs 200000 and Business Debtors amounting to Rs 400000. The company is also having Bank loan of Rs 300000 and Business creditors amounting to Rs 500000 on the same date.
As we know Owners Equity= Assets –Liabilities =Rs 1100000- Rs 800000
Equity =Rs 300000
- Where Assets= Equipment + Inventory+ Business Debtors = Rs 500000+ Rs 200000+ Rs 400000 =Rs 1100000
- Where Liabilities= Bank Loan + Business Creditors = Rs 300000+ Rs 500000 =Rs 800000
The following data is related to Alpha Company:
- Common Stock: Rs 550000
- Preferred Stock: Rs 175000
- Retained Earnings: Rs 250000
- Accumulated other comprehensive income: Rs 46000
- Investment in Beta Company at fair value (Original Cost Rs 120000): Rs 150000
(Classified under Available for Sale category)
- Owners Equity: Common Stock +Preferred Stock+ Retained Earnings+ Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
- Owners Equity = Rs 550000+Rs 175000+Rs 250000+Rs 46000 =Rs 1021000
(Unrealized gain is Rs 30000 in Beta Company is already included in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income and hence not included again for calculating Shareholders Equity)
This is basically a measure to assess how much a company’s net assets belong to the shareholders. It shows how a company utilizes its profit (basically retained earnings which are not distributed in the form of a dividend) and capital which is invested by the owners of the business. A high shareholders equity on the balance sheet is an indication that the business is mostly funded from internal sources and less amount of external debt.
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