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ECB Bancorp Inc (AMEX:ECBE)
Shares Outstanding
2.85 Mil (As of Sep. 2012)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. ECB Bancorp Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2012 was 2.85 Mil.

ECB Bancorp Inc's quarterly shares outstanding increased from Jun. 2012 (2.85 Mil) to Sep. 2012 (2.85 Mil). It means ECB Bancorp Inc issued new shares from Jun. 2012 to Sep. 2012 .

ECB Bancorp Inc's annual shares outstanding stayed the same from Dec. 2010 (2.85 Mil) to Dec. 2011 (2.85 Mil).


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.

ECB Bancorp Inc Annual Data

Dec02Dec03Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11
Shares Outstanding 2.072.052.042.052.732.912.892.852.852.85

ECB Bancorp Inc Quarterly Data

Jun10Sep10Dec10Mar11Jun11Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12
Shares Outstanding 2.852.852.852.852.852.852.852.852.852.85
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