Shares and Dividend – Concept and Difference


What is a Dividend?

A Dividend is a portion of benefits and held income that an organization pays out to its investors. At the point when an organization produces a benefit and amasses held Dividend, those income can be either reinvested in the business or paid out to investors as a Dividend. The yearly Dividend per share isolated by the offer cost is the Dividend yield.

How a Dividend functions

A Dividend’s worth is resolved on a for every offer premise and is to be paid similarly to all investors of a similar class (normal, liked, and so on) The installment must be endorsed by the Board of Directors.

At the point when a Dividend is announced, it will at that point be paid on a specific date, known as the payable date.

Steps of how it functions:

  1. The organization creates benefits and held Dividend
  2. The supervisory group chooses some overabundance benefits should be paid out to investors (rather than being reinvested)
  3. The board supports the arranged Dividend
  4. The organization reports the Dividend (the worth per share, the date when it will be paid, the record date, and so on)
  5. The Dividend is paid to investors

The privileges of investors on benefits as Dividends just emerge after the presentation of Dividends by the organization done commonly on the endorsement of leading group of directors. The sum delivered of the Dividend is with respect to the sum paid on the offer by the investor as given in sec. 51 of the Act.

Kinds of Dividend: There are following sorts of Dividend:—

  1. Interim Dividend; and
  2. Final Dividend
  3. Inclination share Dividend

Interim Dividend

The Act characterizes Dividend as far as between time dividends which allude to the Dividend announced by organization’s load up during any season before legitimate shutting of monetary year and assembling of Annual General Conference. As indicated by the Act the organization can proclaim interval Dividend out of benefits aggregated of current or past monetary years. The arrangements of the Act which are by and large for conclusive Dividend are relevant to between time Dividends moreover.

Highlights of between time Dividend

  • It is proclaimed by directorate in one monetary year out of excess produced in benefit and misfortune accounts and out of benefits in which between time Dividend will undoubtedly be announced. It has been held in Judgments that simple statement by the chiefs in a regular gathering doesn’t commit them to deliver Dividends as the choice can be revoked.
  • If the organization registers misfortune before the specified revelation of Dividends, it must be announced at a normal rate determined based on Dividends proclaimed in past 3 monetary years.
  • It is stored in a booked financial balance inside five days of the presentation. The same is independent of interceding occasions.

Final Dividends

The Dividends announced by the organization subsequent to shutting of the monetary year and endorsement of Board of Directors in AGM. The term Dividend utilized besides in the definition in Companies Act, 2013 alludes to conclusive Dividends in particular. Dominant part of the arrangements for both Interim and Final are same however there are some separated arrangements for the Interim Dividends in the Act. The obligation on default emerges just in the event of statement of Final Dividend and not Interim Dividend.

What is the Difference Between Shares and Dividends?

Offers and Dividends are firmly related; shares are proof of responsibility for big business, for example, an organization or helpful endeavor, while Dividends are installments made by the venture to the individuals who own the offers, or investors. Offers can be bought in a financial exchange if the organization is freely held; shares in secretly held organizations are likewise once in a while accessible, yet not in any of the public financial exchanges. Buyers of portions of secretly held organizations may need to meet uncommon prerequisites set up by the organization.

An offer, otherwise called stock, is a unit of proprietorship in an organization.

There are essentially two distinct sorts of offers accessible to speculators: normal and liked. Basic stock is the sort of stock most gave; numerous organizations don’t give favored offers by any stretch of the imagination. Normal stock for the most part conveys with it casting a ballot rights in the association, ordinarily on issues of hugeness to the organization and furthermore for individuals from the governing body, albeit various classes of regular stock, as characterized by the organization, may have distinctive democratic rights. An organization’s directorate decides the number of portions of stock to sell.

The individuals who hold favored offers for the most part don’t have casting a ballot rights, yet are commonly ensured a set Dividend for the life of the organization. At the point when benefits are low or non-existent, favored investors’ Dividends are paid from the organization’s stores. Basic investors’ Dividends are not ensured, and there might be years when regular investors get no Dividend by any means. In generally excellent years, be that as it may, it’s workable for regular offers to acquire more prominent Dividends than favored offers.

Investors shoulder a more serious danger than bondholders and different banks of the organization, and furthermore remain to acquire also, since, in such a case that the organization succeeds, offers and Dividends both may increment in worth. Nonetheless, if the organization doesn’t progress nicely and must be sold, basic investors regularly lose their whole speculations, since all obligations of the organization are better than normal offers — that is, they should be paid before investors. Favored investors for the most part share similar danger as basic investors, despite the fact that if there is cash left over in the wake of paying bondholders and different loan bosses, favored investors will be paid first.

At the point when organizations compute their benefits, they likewise conclude how to discard them. There are various zones in which organizations can contribute their benefits, yet one significant such region is the dissemination of benefits among investors, albeit most undertakings won’t disperse all benefits to investors. At its least difficult, this is finished by the organization choosing how much benefit is to be appropriated as Dividends, and afterward separating it among all the offers giving Dividend installments to those investors.


Generally, stock offers and Dividends have been a significant kind of revenue for American retired folks, whose annuity plans and other retirement reserve funds programs must discover dependable ventures. At the point when they purchase stock offers, they by and large confine their buys to set up organizations whose offers are recorded on one of the significant stock trades. People who put resources into the financial exchange must give cautious consideration to their record keeping when they sell shares on the grounds that the pay got from offers and Dividends is dealt with diversely for charge purposes. Unintentionally mixing together them will by and large bring about a higher expense risk for the citizen.

Author: Ugesh Rajan.J,
School Of Excellence In Law / 2nd Year

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