Preference Shares

Company stock with dividends that are paid to shareholders before common stock dividends are paid out. In the event of a company bankruptcy, preferred stock shareholders have a right to be paid company assets first. Preference shares typically pay a fixed dividend, whereas common stocks do not. And unlike common shareholders, preference share shareholders usually do not have voting rights.

Also referred to as preferred stock.

There are four types of preference shares: Cumulative preferred, for which dividends must be paid including skipped dividends; non-cumulative preferred, for which skipped dividends are not included; participating preferred, which give the holder dividends plus extra earnings based on certain conditions; and convertible, which can be exchanged for a specified number of shares of common stock.


Investment dictionary. . 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • preference shares — have preferred rights that rank ahead of ordinary shares. The rights are commonly (1) a dividend of fixed percentage of their nominal value payable annually on set dates, often cumulative (i.e. if not paid the dividend is carried forward Easyform …   Law dictionary

  • preference shares — Shares in a company which usually receive a fixed dividend each year and which, if redeemed, are redeemed at par value. Although the dividend ( dividends) is fixed, it is not guaranteed. However, if the company fails to pay ( passes ) the… …   Financial and business terms

  • preference shares — noun stock whose holders are guaranteed priority in the payment of dividends but whose holders have no voting rights • Syn: ↑preferred stock, ↑preferred shares • Hypernyms: ↑stock • Hyponyms: ↑cumulative preferred, ↑cumulativ …   Useful english dictionary

  • preference shares — N PLURAL Preference shares are shares in a company that are owned by people who have the right to receive part of the company s profits before the holders of ordinary shares are paid. They also have the right to have their capital repaid if the… …   English dictionary

  • preference shares — / pref(ə)rəns ʃeəz/ plural noun shares (often with no voting rights) which receive their dividend before all other shares and are repaid first (at face value) if the company goes into liquidation (NOTE: The US term is preferred stock.) COMMENT:… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • preference shares — See preferred shares …   Euroclear glossary

  • preference shares — preferred stock …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preference shares — A British term for *preferred stock …   Auditor's dictionary

  • preference shares — (U.K.) Fin = preferred stock …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • preference shares — Same as preferred stock …   Ballentine's law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.