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Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO)
Shares Outstanding
114 Mil (As of Feb. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Family Dollar Stores, Inc.'s shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 was 114 Mil.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc.'s quarterly shares outstanding declined from Nov. 2013 (115 Mil) to Feb. 2014 (114 Mil). It means Family Dollar Stores, Inc. bought back shares from Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014 .

Family Dollar Stores, Inc.'s annual shares outstanding declined from Aug. 2012 (118 Mil) to Aug. 2013 (116 Mil). It means Family Dollar Stores, 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.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Annual Data

Aug04Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13
Shares Outstanding 172167155150140141137124118116

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Quarterly Data

Nov11Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14
Shares Outstanding 119118118118116116115116115114
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