Share Capital: Meaning, Types and Classes

Share Capital: Meaning, Types and Classes

Share capital means that issued a share of ownership of the business to someone against the fixed amount. You will go to learn the meaning, types, and classes of the share capital in this article. 

What is Share Capital?

In accounting, capital means anything brought by the owner into the business in cash or in-kind(any item) in all types of business. In the Indian Companies Act 2013, The term of capital repeated many times in the act and it is used in a different sense in various parts of the Act, but in general, it means the money subscribed pursuant to the Memorandum of Association of the Company. 

When the amount of total capital divided into the numbers of shares then it will be known as share capital. So, If the business type is Company then Share Capital means getting investment for business from the Natural or artificial person by issues shares of ownership. Shares are measured in the units. 

In simple words, that Capital which is shared with other persons known as shares capital.  

Types of Share Capital:

It can be divided into the following types on the basis of nature. 

Authorized, Registered, or Nominal Capital:

Authorised, Registered or Nominal Capital Is that for which the company is authorised for the maximum amount of capital by the memorandum of a company to issue its capital.   

It is stated separately for each class or kind of capital i.e. maximum limit for Preference share and maximum limit for Equity shares to issue its share capital.

“authorised capital or nominal capital means such capital as is authorised by the memorandum of a company to be the maximum amount of share capital of the company;”

– Section 2 subsection 8 for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

Issued Capital:

Issued Capital means that part of the authorised share capital which is already issued to someone or for the public in the share market for subscription. 

issued capital means such capital as the company issues from time to time for subscription;

– Section 2 subsection 50 for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

Unissued Capital:

Unissued Capital means that part of the authorised share capital which is not issued yet for the subscription. 

Subscribed Capital:

“subscribed capital means such part of the capital which is for the time being subscribed by the members of a company;”

– Section 2 subsection 86 for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

Unsubscribed Capital:

Called-up Capital:

“called-up capital means such part of the capital, which has been called for payment;”

– Section 2 subsection 15 for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

Uncalled-up Capital:

“paid-up share capital or share capital paid-up means such aggregate amount of money credited as paid-up as is equivalent to the amount received as paid-up in respect of shares issued and also includes any amount credited as paid-up in respect of shares of the company, but does not include any other amount received in respect of such shares, by whatever name called;”

– Section 2 subsection 64 for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

Classes of Share Capital:

As per section 43 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013 prescribes that share Capital of a company broadly can be of two classes or kinds: –

Equity Share Capital:

“(a) equity share capital—
(i) with voting rights; or
(ii) with differential rights as to dividend, voting, or otherwise in accordance with such rules as may be prescribed;”

– Section 43 subsection (a) for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

Preference Share Capital:

The shares of ownership which are carrying some preferences are known as preferences. The preferences are mainly of a fixed rate of dividend, fixed repayment date, after fixed time convertible to equity shares. The dividend of the preference shareholders is paid before the dividend on equity shares.

“(b) preference share capital:
Provided that nothing contained in this Act shall affect the rights of the preference shareholders who are entitled to participate in the proceeds of winding up before the commencement of this Act.”

– Section 43 subsection (b) for the Indian Companies Act, 2013

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  1. mca.gov.in
  2. Class +2 Accountancy by Sultan Chand & Sons (P) Ltd.

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