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Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR)
Shares Outstanding
105 Mil (As of Mar. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Varian Medical Systems Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 105 Mil.

Varian Medical Systems Inc's quarterly shares outstanding declined from Dec. 2013 (107 Mil) to Mar. 2014 (105 Mil). It means Varian Medical Systems Inc bought back shares from Dec. 2013 to Mar. 2014 .

Varian Medical Systems Inc's annual shares outstanding declined from Sep. 2012 (113 Mil) to Sep. 2013 (110 Mil). It means Varian Medical Systems Inc bought back shares from Sep. 2012 to Sep. 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.

Varian Medical Systems Inc Annual Data

Sep04Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13
Shares Outstanding 142138135131128125124119113110

Varian Medical Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14
Shares Outstanding 115113112111111110109107105105
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