authorized shares


The maximum number of shares of stock that a company can issue. This number is specified initially in the company's charter, but it can be changed with shareholder approval. Generally a much greater number of shares are authorized than required, to give the company flexibility to issue more stock as needed. also called authorized stock or shares authorized.

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You need to try and figure out how many authorized shares you should offer to your new investors in the future.

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There were several authorized shares and we could issue all of them from our company to others outside of our company.

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Some of the shareholders voted against issuing more authorized shares because of they were concerned about the effect on the company's earnings per share.

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