Par Value of Share

What is Par value of Share?

Par value of shares also known as the stated value per share is the minimal shares value as decided by the company which is issuing such shares to the public and the companies then will not sell such type of shares to the public below the decided value. In other words it is the share nominal amount ($1, $0.1 or $0.001) mentioned on the stock certificate at the time of issuance of shares. It has no meaning and has no relation to the market value of a share.

Many years ago, if shareholders bought a share for less than par value, then he/she would have an obligation to creditors of a corporation of the difference between the par value and value in which shares have been bought. This is not the case today since now it is not permissible to have a market value of share less than its par value.

Par Value of Share

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Shareholding of a company is recorded in the balance sheet as Shareholders equityBalance Sheet As Shareholders EquityShareholder’s equity is the residual interest of the shareholders in the company and is calculated as the difference between Assets and Liabilities. The Shareholders' Equity Statement on the balance sheet details the change in the value of shareholder's equity from the beginning to the end of an accounting more.

The broad classification Shareholder’s equity is that the first one is “paid in capitalPaid In CapitalPaid in Capital is the capital amount that a Company receives from investors in exchange for the stock sold in the primary market, including common or preferred stock. This considers the sale of stock that an issuer directly sells to the investor & not the sale of stock on the secondary market between investors. read more,” which is known as the amount invested by shareholders, and the second one is “Retained EarningRetained EarningRetained Earnings are defined as the cumulative earnings earned by the company till the date after adjusting for the distribution of the dividend or the other distributions to the investors of the company. It is shown as the part of owner’s equity in the liability side of the balance sheet of the more,” which comes from the Net Income of the company.

Now when a company issues shares which are having a certain par value, then the total book value of equity will be recorded as follows:

Book Value = Par Value + Additional Paid in Capital +Retained Earning


Calculation with Examples

Let’s see some examples.

Example #1

To illustrate the example of equity in a balance sheet, let us consider XYZ corporation, who got the approval for issuance of 2000 shares, which has a par value of per share. If these shares were issued at $11 per share, then the transaction will be recorded below in the balance sheet:

shares at par value example 1

Let’s additionally retained earning for XYZ is $5,000. Then the total book value of equity will be recorded as

Book value of equity = $20,000 +$2,000+$5,000 =$27,000

Example #2

Let’s illustrate the example and issuance of shares effect on the balance sheetBalance SheetA balance sheet is one of the financial statements of a company that presents the shareholders' equity, liabilities, and assets of the company at a specific point in time. It is based on the accounting equation that states that the sum of the total liabilities and the owner's capital equals the total assets of the more. In March 2017, DMart, which is an operator of the retail chain, had completed its IPO. It had issued 62,541,806 equity shares with a face value of INR 10 each, but the issuance price of the share was INR 299 per share. That means it has received 62,541,806*299 = INR 187,00 million from IPOIPOInitial Public Offering (IPO) is when the shares of the private companies are listed for the first time in the stock exchange for public trading and investment. This allows a private company to raise the capital for different more. So below would change in its accounts:

example 2

Let’s examine below the screenshot of the balance sheet of D-Mart:

balance sheet of Dmart

In this balance sheet, in the Equity column, two components are mentioned: first is equity share capitalEquity Share CapitalShare capital refers to the funds raised by an organization by issuing the company's initial public offerings, common shares or preference stocks to the public. It appears as the owner's or shareholders' equity on the corporate balance sheet's liability more, which has changed from 5615.4 million to 6240.7 million from 2016 to 2017. That means change is around 625.4 million. This change is attributed to the value of the common stock at par, which has been issued at the time of IPO. Rest additional paid-in capital and retained earnings are being clubbed into “Other Equity” row. So that’s how common stocks are shown in the balance sheet.

Shares at No Par Value

  • Nowadays, if not required by law, then companies may choose to issue no par value.
  • That means corporations are not having any kind of legal obligations to their debt holders.
  • Though the par value usually is so low that no par value also won’t provide much of the difference.



  • Par value is just a notional number that doesn’t say anything about the market value of shares.


Important Points to Note

  • Before raising capital, a corporation owner must be aware of par value though it doesn’t affect the book value of market value by much.
  • By seeing the par value, we should never assume about the book or market value of equity since it doesn’t indicate a perfect picture of the same.

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