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Walgreen Co (NYSE:WAG)
Shares Outstanding
968 Mil (As of Aug. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Walgreen Co's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 was 968 Mil.

Walgreen Co's quarterly shares outstanding increased from May. 2014 (968 Mil) to Aug. 2014 (968 Mil). It means Walgreen Co issued new shares from May. 2014 to Aug. 2014 .

Walgreen Co's annual shares outstanding increased from Aug. 2013 (955 Mil) to Aug. 2014 (965 Mil). It means Walgreen Co issued new shares from Aug. 2013 to Aug. 2014 .


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.

Walgreen Co Annual Data

Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13Aug14
Shares Outstanding 1,0281,0191,006996991988925880955965

Walgreen Co Quarterly Data

May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14Aug14
Shares Outstanding 865895951953959957962964968968
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