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Safeway Inc (NYSE:SWY)
Shares Outstanding
231 Mil (As of Sep. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Safeway Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 231 Mil.

Safeway Inc's quarterly shares outstanding increased from Jun. 2014 (231 Mil) to Sep. 2014 (231 Mil). It means Safeway Inc issued new shares from Jun. 2014 to Sep. 2014 .

Safeway Inc's annual shares outstanding declined from Dec. 2012 (246 Mil) to Dec. 2013 (242 Mil). It means Safeway Inc bought back shares from Dec. 2012 to Dec. 2013 .


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.

Safeway Inc Annual Data

Shares Outstanding 449450448446436413380344246242

Safeway Inc Quarterly Data

Shares Outstanding 240237235239241242245228231231
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