The formula for calculating Outstanding Shares = Total Issued stock – Treasury shares. So, in the above example, the outstanding shares of FoodZilla Ltd would be 8,000 shares with 2,000 shares as treasury shares.
Add together the numbers of preferred and common shares outstanding, and subtract the number of treasury shares. The result is the total number of shares outstanding.
Shares outstanding refers to the total number of shares a company has issued, while the public float — also referred to as floating shares or “the float” — are shares that are publicly owned, unrestricted and available on the open market.
If you know the number of treasury stock, or shares reclaimed by the company but not retired, and the number of shares outstanding, you can calculate shares issued: shares issued = shares outstanding + treasury stock.
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Note: Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s founder and CEO, currently holds 22.27% of the company’s shares outstanding.
Add the new shares issued as a result of the stock dividend to the shares already outstanding to find the number of shares outstanding after the stock dividend. In this example, add the 6,000 new shares to the 300,000 existing shares to find 306,000 shares are outstanding after the stock dividend.