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FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (NYSE:FDS)
Shares Outstanding
42.6 Mil (As of May. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. FactSet Research Systems, Inc.'s shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in May. 2014 was 42.6 Mil.

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.'s quarterly shares outstanding declined from Feb. 2014 (43.1 Mil) to May. 2014 (42.6 Mil). It means FactSet Research Systems, Inc. bought back shares from Feb. 2014 to May. 2014 .

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.'s annual shares outstanding declined from Aug. 2012 (45.8 Mil) to Aug. 2013 (44.6 Mil). It means FactSet Research Systems, Inc. bought back shares from Aug. 2012 to Aug. 2013 .


Definition

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.


Explanation

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.

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Annual Data

Aug04Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13
Shares Outstanding 50.650.250.648.950.148.848.047.445.844.6

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Quarterly Data

Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14
Shares Outstanding 45.745.745.345.044.544.544.143.843.142.6
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