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The concept of equity capital of the company is understood as a set of funds owned by the organization and its participants. This type of information is necessarily disclosed in the balance sheet. Equity depicts the value of a company's capital owned by its shareholders. This term refers to different types of value, and can also refer to different definitions of equity capital.

Equity explained

Equity is the amount of money estimated by the subtraction of obligatory liabilities from the total sum of possessed assets. That means in order to count equity of the shareholders it is necessary to calculate the total worth of a company's assets and total sum of all demanded payments like debts. Equity is estimated to find out the amount of money that would be left after all debt will be paid off and the assets sold. It helps to understand sums that would be returned to shareholders in case of company's liquidation.

Equity is also used as the book value of the company and sometimes can be offered as an in-kind payment. Equity size is reflected in the balance sheet of the enterprise. That is why it is beloved by analysts for the firm's financial condition assessment.

Company’s capital can be used for self-investment, firm’s expansion and carrying out financial part of business running. Due to this precise reason, equity as "assets minus liabilities" shows the real financial position of a company with the help of owns/owes ratio. It is easily interpreted by financial analysts and traders. Equity assists in a business's investigation, as investors usually trust their money to the firms that have their own capital because it allows them to participate in the choice of a company’s growth path and get dividends. 

The importance of equity is undeniable. Equity depicts the value of an investor's stake in a business via proportion of its shares. The size of the stock determines the amount of money that investors might get as dividends or capital gains. It also determines the significance of the invertor’s voice in decisions or elections of the board.

There are two equity conditions possible - positive and negative. Positive equity means that the number of a company’s assets is sufficient for all liabilities to pay off. Companies with positive equity are attractive to the investors while firms with negative equity are not. They are considered risky to invest in. Equity becomes negative when an enterprise has not necessary capital size to cover its own responsibilities. In case of its negativity, the company has more obligations than assets that could cover them. However, equity is not the only indicator of a company's financial stability that is worth focusing on. It should be used with other tools in order to make a clear image of a firm’s wellness.

If the net assets of the firm according to the results of the financial results are less than the authorized capital, the organization must increase their value or reduce the amount of capital.

The equity figure in the balance sheet can have a negative value. If that happens, it means that the amount of profit received does not exceed the amount of expenses and the company works at a loss.

Capital growth is achieved through:

  • profit increase;
  • investment attraction;
  • net income growth.

Profits. Information about the company's earnings is recorded on line 2400 of the statement of financial results.

Participants' investments. Information is entered on lines 1310 or 1350.

Growth in net income, which remains with the company after taxes, fees, and debts are paid.

Elements of Equity

Shareholder equity consists of retained earnings. They depict a ratio of net earnings that are not distributed between shareholders as dividends. Retained earnings are some kind of savings as they show total profits that have been collected and reserved for the future use. Since the company constantly keeps saving some percentage from its profits, the amount of earnings grows larger all the time. The amount of accumulated earnings can surpass the capital size, this situation normally occurs in enterprises that have been working over a long period of time. 

Treasury shares are those that are owned by the joint stock company that issued them. Treasury shares do not give the right to vote, participation in voting, earn dividends and get part of property in case of the liquidation of the firm. The issuer is not entitled to pledge its own shares, alienate them free of charge or below market value.

Stockholders' equity is generally understood as a company's net assets number, or the net value.

Calculation of Equity

Normally equity is calculated by the following formula: equity equals total assets minus total liabilities.

Information about company’s equity is usually can be found on the firm’s balance sheet, demonstrate share capital of the business

Types of Equity

There are several equity kinds and they depend on the source of equity.

Stock equity or other similar securities that represent participation interest in an enterprise. 

Balance sheet can depict an equity amount of money that has been invested in a company by its investors and also retained earnings/losses. This type of equity is commonly known as stock- or shareholders’ equity.

In margin trading equity can be estimated by following calculations: the value of securities in a margin account excluding the amount of money account holders borrowed from the brokerage.

In real estate, equity is the difference between the current market worth of the property and the money the owner has to pay as a mortgage as a discharge. In other words, real estate equity can be counted as money that the owner would have in case of disposition of property and retirement of all the connected loans. Real estate equity can be also referred to as real property value.

In case of bankruptcy or liquidation of a business equity is a sum of money left after discharge of all of a company’s loans. This equity type is also known as ownership equity or liable capital.

Private Equity explained

This equity kind describes a type of assets, which means a share in the capital, a unit or shares of a company that is not listed on a stock exchange (securities exchange). It can be a rescue for struggling or growing companies that cannot get bank loans or publicly traded shares. As a result, they turn to private equity companies and funds, which invest directly in businesses without the need for a public listing.

Private capital (direct investments) - Private Equity, equity that is not publicly traded on the stock exchange. Private capital is formed at the expense of direct investments of private investors and investment funds, which invest their funds directly into private companies or carry out the redemption of shares of public companies, which leads to their exclusion from the listing for publicly traded companies. Private equity capital is raised from both private and institutional investors and can be used to finance the introduction of new technologies, increase working capital, make acquisitions and improve the balance sheet structure.

However, most private equity direct investments are made by institutional and accredited investors who can invest large sums of money over a long period of time. Private equity direct investments often require a long holding period to benefit from favorable market developments (which may not come soon), or from a liquidity event such as an initial public offering (IPO) or takeover by a publicly traded company.

The size of the private equity private equity market has grown steadily each year. Private equity firms sometimes pool their funds to acquire a large publicly traded company and thus make it a private company. Many of these firms conduct what is called a leveraged buyout (LBO), in which debentures are issued, the proceeds of which are used to carry out this transaction. Private equity firms then try to improve the company's financial performance and prospects in hopes of reselling it to another firm, or try to make money through an IPO.

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