What is issued capital?

Issued share capital is the value of the shares issued to shareholders. This effectively means the nominal value of the shares e.g. £1 rather than their actual worth.

A company can issue additional shares, but only if an authority to issue shares is currently in force.

  • Private companies generally only issues shares to its members, to staff and their families, and to debenture holders. However the company can issue shares to anyone it chooses by private arrangement.
  • A public company may offer shares to the general public in a prospectus or by listing particulars
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