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Nielsen NV (NYSE:NLSN)
Market Cap
$18,275 Mil (As of Today)

Market cap is the total market value to buy the whole company. It is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding. Nielsen NV's share price for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was $44.63. Nielsen NV's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 379 Mil. Therefore, Nielsen NV's market cap for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was $18,275 Mil.

Nielsen NV's quarterly market cap increased from Sep. 2013 ($13,766 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($17,359 Mil) but then declined from Dec. 2013 ($17,359 Mil) to Mar. 2014 ($16,911 Mil).

Nielsen NV's annual market cap increased from Dec. 2011 ($10,678 Mil) to Dec. 2012 ($11,089 Mil) and increased from Dec. 2012 ($11,089 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($17,359 Mil).

Enterprise value is the theoretical takeover price. It is more comprehensive than market capitalization (market cap), which only includes common equity. Enterprise Value is calculated as the market cap plus debt and minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. Nielsen NV's enterprise value for Today is $24,517 Mil.


Definition

Market cap is the short version of market capitalization. It is the total market value to buy the whole company. It is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding.

Nielsen NV's Market Cap for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Market Cap (A: Dec. 2013 )=Share Price (A: Dec. 2013 )*Shares Outstanding (A: Dec. 2013 )
=45.89*378.28
=17,359

Nielsen NV's Market Cap for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Market Cap (Q: Mar. 2014 )=Share Price (Q: Mar. 2014 )*Shares Outstanding (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=44.63*378.92
=16,911

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.


Explanation

Market cap is not the real price you pay for a company. If you buy the company and become its owner, you become the owner of the cash the company has, and you also assume the company’s debt. The real price you pay is the Enterprise Value.

Warren Buffett uses the ratio of total market cap of all public traded companies over GDP to measure if the market is expensive. As of April 2012, the US total market cap is about $14.7 trillion, while the US GDP is about $15 trillion. The market was modestly overvalued.


Related Terms

Shares Outstanding


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Nielsen NV Annual Data

Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
mktcap 000000010,67811,08917,359

Nielsen NV Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
mktcap 10,67810,8749,47010,85811,08913,43112,66713,76617,35916,911
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