The investor gets a share of a company´s dividends once or twice a year.
The company´s assets comprises its cash-in-hand, property and the company's stock of raw materials and work-in-hand, less its liabilities (borrowings or payments to creditors).

Most shares have a nominal value which represented both the worth of the assets and their ability to make money. The capital of the company is the total of the nominal sum of all the issued shares.
There are a kind of shares called suffix 'A', it´s a non-voting shares. These actions have a special feature to be preserved in the hands of the founding family.

Otherwise the dividend of the company is that proportion of its profits paid to its owners, the shareholders often a company will pay only part of its profits as a dividend. The number of times that a company could have paid its net dividend is the cover of the dividend.

The earnings of a company are their profits. Not all of the earnings are paid as dividend, so further years will be needed to repay the share price out of dividends.
We need to know what the performance of a company that is their net percentage of the current share price. The lower return from shares reflects the growth potential of dividend payouts, not usually seen with 'safe' investments.

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