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What Is Contributed Capital?

Contributed capital, also known as paid-in capital, is the cash và other assets that shareholders have given a company in exchange for stock. Investors make capital contributions when a company issues equity shares based on a price that shareholders are willing khổng lồ pay for them. The total amount of contributed capital or paid-in-capital represents their stake or ownership in the company.


Contributed capital may also refer khổng lồ a company's balance sheet item listed under stockholders' equity, often shown alongside the balance sheet entry for additional paid-in capital.


Understanding Contributed Capital

Contributed capital is the total value of the stock that shareholders have bought directly from the issuing company. It includes the money from initial public offerings (IPOs), direct listings, direct public offerings, and secondary offerings—including issues of preferred stock. It also includes the receipt of fixed assets in exchange for stock & the reduction of a liability in exchange for stock.


Contributed capital can be compared withadditional paid-in capital,and the difference between the two values will equal the premium paid by investors over và above thepar valueof the company"s shares.The par value is merely an accounting value of each of the shares khổng lồ be offered & is not equivalent to the market value that investors are willing to pay.


When companies repurchase shares and return capital khổng lồ shareholders, the shares bought back are listed at their repurchase price, which reduces shareholders' equity.


Contributed capital, also known as paid-in capital, is the cash và other assets that shareholders have given a company in exchange for stock. This is the price that shareholders paid for their stake in the company.Contributed capital is reported in the shareholder’s equity section of the balance sheet and usually split into two different accounts: common stock & additional paid-in capital account.

Preferred sharessometimes have par values that are more than marginal, but most common shares today have par values of just a few pennies. Because of this, "additional paid-in capital" tends lớn be representative of the total paid-in capital figure và is sometimes shown by itselfon the balance sheet.


Capital Contributions

It's important lớn distinguish that capital contributions, which are an injection of cash into a company, can come in other forms besides the sale of equity shares. For example, an owner might take out a loan and use the proceeds khổng lồ make a capital contribution khổng lồ the company. Businesses can also receive capital contributions in the khung of non-cash assets such as buildings và equipment. These scenarios are all types of capital contributions & increase owners' equity. However, the term contributed capital is typically reserved for the amount of money received from issuing shares and not other forms of capital contributions.


Calculating Contributed Capital

Contributed capital is reported in the shareholder’s equity section of the balance sheet & usually split into two different accounts: common stock and additional paid-in capital account. In other words, contributed capital includes the par value—or nominal value—of the stock, found in the common stock account, & the amount of money over and above the par value that shareholders were willing to pay for their shares—the cốt truyện premium—found in the additional paid-in capital account.


The common stock tài khoản is also known as chia sẻ capital account, & the additional paid-in capital tài khoản is also known as the nói qua premium account.

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Example of Contributed Capital

For example, a company issues 5,000 $1 par value shares lớn investors. The investors pay $10 a share, so the company raises $50,000 in equity capital. As a result, the company records $5,000 to the common stock account và $45,000 khổng lồ the paid-in capital in excess of par. Both of these accounts added together equal the total amount stockholders were willing khổng lồ pay for their shares. In other words, the contributed capital equals $50,000.