Preferred Stock

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Finance Asia  Jul 21  Comment 
More middle-and small-sized Chinese banks are planning to issue preferred shares. However, there are challenges for such issuance.
SeekingAlpha  Jun 24  Comment 
By Stock Buzz: Preferred stock offers an investor a comparatively attractive yield with reasonable quality and security. Preferred shares should be part of your portfolio to reduce risk. Preferred stock is a hybrid instrument with the combination...
DailyFinance  Jun 20  Comment 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- Banro Corporation ("Banro" or the "Company") (TSX: BAA)(NYSE MKT: BAA) hereby notifies holders of Series A Preference Shares of Banro ("Banro Series A Shares") and holders of Preferred Shares of...
DailyFinance  Jun 5  Comment 
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/14 -- Lithium Exploration Group (OTCQB: LEXG) is pleased to announce that since January all 1,134,500 series B Preferred Shares have been converted into equity and cleared from the company's balance...
DailyFinance  May 15  Comment 
Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC) announced that it has called for redemption of all of its 2,000,000 outstanding 7.5% Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares (the "Series...
Wall Street Journal  May 14  Comment 
Without much ability to tap traditional equity markets, Chinese lenders are looking to issue preferred stock.
Finance Asia  Apr 28  Comment 
Chinese companies have one more arrow in their quiver to reduce debt, but investors still have questions.
Benzinga  Apr 24  Comment 
American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) (the "Company") today announced that the Company has commenced an underwritten public offering of its Series C Participating Preferred Shares. Investors in the Series C Participating Preferred Shares may...
Wall Street Journal  Apr 19  Comment 
To help banks address tougher capital requirements in accord with global guidelines, China unveiled fresh rules on their issuance of preferred shares.




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Preferred Stock, or preferred shares, refer to shares in a company that carry different rights than common stock. Both types of shares represent the holder's stake in a company, however holders of preferred stock have a claim on a company's assets and earnings before the holder of common shares. This means that holders preferred stock will be paid dividends before the any common shareholders and, in the case of liquidation or bankruptcy, the preferred shareholders will have a claim on the assets of a company before the common shareholders.

In the U.S. there are two types of preferred stock: convertible preferred shares and straight preferred shares. Convertible preferred shares give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to exchange their preferred shares for a common stock at a fixed price, after a specific date. Straight preferred shares simply give the holder rights that common shareholders do not have.

These rights can include things like a pre-determined dividend payment (which could be either fixed or floating), or special voting rights. The rights of preferred stock will vary from company to company, but the general idea is that the preferred shareholders pay a premium for the right to the to an earlier claim on a company's assets or earnings. In this sense, preferred shareholders are paying a premium to receive less risky shares in a company.

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