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Definition Treasury Stock. Description.


Treasury Stock are issued shares that have been reacquired by the issuing corporation from its stockholders; it is no longer outstanding.


Like unissued stock, it cannot be voted and it does not pay nor accrue dividends. Furthermore it is not included in any of the ratios measuring value per share, such as earnings per share.


These shares may be held by the company indefinitely, reissued to the public or retired. The reacquisition can take place by purchase, gift, donation, inheritance or other means. The maximum amount of treasury shares is limited to 5% of the total market cap.


On the balance sheet, treasury stock is listed under shareholder equity as a negative number.


Reasons why treasury stock is created include:

Also called Reacquired Stock.


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