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Hormel Foods Corp (NYSE:HRL)
Shares Outstanding
270 Mil (As of Apr. 2015)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Hormel Foods Corp's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2015 was 270 Mil.

Hormel Foods Corp's quarterly shares outstanding increased from Jan. 2015 (270 Mil) to Apr. 2015 (270 Mil). It means Hormel Foods Corp issued new shares from Jan. 2015 to Apr. 2015 .

Hormel Foods Corp's annual shares outstanding declined from Oct. 2013 (270 Mil) to Oct. 2014 (270 Mil). It means Hormel Foods Corp bought back shares from Oct. 2013 to Oct. 2014 .


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.

Hormel Foods Corp Annual Data

Shares Outstanding 279275278274271271272269270270

Hormel Foods Corp Quarterly Data

Shares Outstanding 269271271270270270270270270270
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