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Bemis Co Inc (NYSE:BMS)
Shares Outstanding
101 Mil (As of Sep. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Bemis Co Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 101 Mil.

Bemis Co Inc's quarterly shares outstanding declined from Jun. 2014 (101 Mil) to Sep. 2014 (101 Mil). It means Bemis Co Inc bought back shares from Jun. 2014 to Sep. 2014 .

Bemis Co Inc's annual shares outstanding stayed the same from Dec. 2012 (104 Mil) to Dec. 2013 (104 Mil).


Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. They have voting rights and represent ownership in the corporation by the person that holds the shares. They should be distinguished from treasury shares, which are shares held by the corporation itself, having no exercisable rights.

Shares outstanding can be calculated as either basic or fully diluted. The fully diluted shares outstanding count includes diluting securities, such as options, warrants or convertibles.


A company may buy back shares or issue shares in any fiscal period. If a company buys back shares, we should observe that the total number of shares decline. If the company issues new shares, the number of shares outstanding increases.

If a company buys back shares, we should also observe negative number for Net Issuance of Stock in its cash flow statement. If a company issues shares, we will observe positive number of Net Issuance of Stock.

Be Aware

Usually the presence of treasury shares and a history of buyback are good indicators that company has competitive advantage. But studies have shown that companies usually buy back at wrong time. Buying back shares below its intrinsic value increases value for remaining shareholders. Buying back overvalued shares destroys value for existing shareholders.

Related Terms

Net Issuance of Stock, Buy Back Rate

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Bemis Co Inc Annual Data

Shares Outstanding 108108107104100104109105104104

Bemis Co Inc Quarterly Data

Shares Outstanding 104104104104104104104102101101
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