Finance / July 19, 2018 / Hanna Hunt
Preferred stock is also a unit of corporate ownership. If you own preferred shares, you are entitled to certain preferences over holders of common stock. For the purposes of our discussion, as a preferred shareholder, you will usually be paid before a common share stockholder if the company goes out of business. In other words, preferred shareholders get equity out of a company before common shareholders.
Fixed costs can be assets like buildings and equipment. For example, a beverage company that bottles water is going to need a physical building and an assembly line that includes specialized equipment. If we assume the building and equipment are leased, there is a monthly payment for each of them. The company is responsible for paying 100% of the monthly payments, whether they produce one case of bottled water or 10,000 cases of bottled water.
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