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BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE:BHP)
Shares Outstanding
2,669 Mil (As of Dec. 2013)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. BHP Billiton Ltd's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 was 2,669 Mil.

BHP Billiton Ltd's quarterly shares outstanding declined from Jun. 2013 (2,671 Mil) to Dec. 2013 (2,669 Mil). It means BHP Billiton Ltd bought back shares from Jun. 2013 to Dec. 2013 .

BHP Billiton Ltd's annual shares outstanding declined from Jun. 2012 (2,673 Mil) to Jun. 2013 (2,670 Mil). It means BHP Billiton Ltd bought back shares from Jun. 2012 to Jun. 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.

BHP Billiton Ltd Annual Data

Jun04Jun05Jun06Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13
Shares Outstanding 3,9573,0753,0332,9332,8032,7992,7982,7702,6732,670

BHP Billiton Ltd Semi-Annual Data

Jun09Dec09Jun10Dec10Jun11Dec11Jun12Dec12Jun13Dec13
Shares Outstanding 2,8052,7992,7962,7942,7462,6732,6732,6692,6712,669
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