Share Premium

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Share premium is the amount received by a company over and above the face value of its shares.

Face value of a share is its value that is printed on the share certificate. For example, face value of a $1 share is one dollar. But just because the value of share is printed $1 does not necessarily mean that the share is worth only one dollar. If a company has a history of good financial performance, it can sell its shares at a price higher than the face value of the shares. This difference between the selling price and the face value of a share is known as share premium.

It is important to note that share premium arises only when the “company” sells the shares. It arises only when a company issues new equity shares. It does not arise when the “investor” sells shares at a price greater than face value. If a company sells a share whose face value is $1 at a price of $2, the company earns a share premium of $1. But subsequently if the investor sells the same share to someone else at a price of $4, no share premium will be gained by the company. The investor will benefit from this gain.

Share premium is a non-distributable reserve. The company can use it only for the purposes that are defined in the bylaws of that company. It cannot be used for purposes not defined in the company’s laws. Usually the companies are not allowed to use the share premium for payment of dividends to the shareholders and to set off the operating losses. Share premium can usually be used for paying equity related expenses such as underwriter’s fees. It can also be used to issue bonus shares to the shareholders. The costs and expenses relating to issuance of new shares can also be paid from the share premium.

The amount of share premium is presented in the balance sheet as part of the equity capital. It is presented below the amount of issued share capital. 
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Quote Guest, 19 September, 2013
Good one
Quote Guest, 9 July, 2014
clear and comprehendsive explanation. Good!
Quote Guest, 13 October, 2014
Exactly what i needed to know about share premium. thx!
Quote Guest, 10 November, 2014
what is difference between share premium and securities premium?

Actually I had given an auditor exam and the question there was premium received on issue of shares shall be credited  to a separate account?
Quote anyomous, 25 March, 2015
How do we calculate the premium to be fixed for issue of shares at premium
Quote Guest, 16 April, 2015
Great explanation. Thanks
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Quote Eustene, 21 May, 2015
superb explaination!
Quote Guest, 25 May, 2015
Thanks, it really helped
Quote Guest, 2 June, 2015
Thanks.It clarified my concept completely.
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