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Autodesk Inc (NAS:ADSK)
Shares Outstanding
232 Mil (As of Apr. 2015)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Autodesk Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2015 was 232 Mil.

Autodesk Inc's quarterly shares outstanding declined from Jan. 2015 (234 Mil) to Apr. 2015 (232 Mil). It means Autodesk Inc bought back shares from Jan. 2015 to Apr. 2015 .

Autodesk Inc's annual shares outstanding increased from Jan. 2014 (230 Mil) to Jan. 2015 (232 Mil). It means Autodesk Inc issued new shares from Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2015 .


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.

Autodesk Inc Annual Data

Shares Outstanding 248243242230232234233232230232

Autodesk Inc Quarterly Data

Shares Outstanding 233229228228233232232232234232
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