Finance / July 18, 2018 / Alicia Franklin
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.
FCF measures the level of cash available to a company's investors net of all required investments in working capital and fixed capital, including plant, property and equipment, otherwise known as capital expenditures, plus any expenses required to remain a going concern. FCF is an important measure because it allows a company to pursue opportunities that enhance shareholder value. Excess cash can expand production, develop new products, make acquisitions, pay dividends and reduce debt.
A car loan is pretty much what you think it is It is a personal loan, the proceeds of which are used to purchase an automobile. More specifically, a lender loans the borrower (you) the cash it takes to purchase a vehicle. In return, the borrower agrees to pay back the lender the amount of the loan plus interest, usually in monthly payments, until the amount owed is fully paid off. Pretty simple, so far.
Dividends per share and the formula provided may be used by individuals who are evaluating various stocks to invest in and prefer companies who pay dividends. This formula alone does not necessarily provide an overall outlook on a company as some companies retain their earnings for growth instead of paying dividends. A company with a low dividend payout ratio, i.e. a company who pays a smaller percentage of their net income to stockholders, will reinvest their net income which may lead to an increase in the value of the company due to expansion.
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