Shareholder Value

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Shareholder Value may be Product or Profit

An Observation

Shareholders should co-invest in the Physical Sources of the Products that they need.

Because that Ownership becomes a chance to fill real needs.

The owners of those Physical Sources are automatically the owners of all future Object[ive]s.

That Property is in the hands of the Consumers that need the Output thereof.

They receive those fruits At Cost. Profit does not exist during this case.

Peers need some Personal Property that they can keep secret.

But we also need some Shared Property that we can use together for our own production.

The combination of these two types of ownership is small and needed for our survival.

We don't need the Proprietary property of the Capitalist, because that is about keeping Price Above Cost. That is what we must make unimportant.


A group of potential Object Users choose to Invest for Use Value alone by collectively purchasing Land and Capital to become the literal and only Owners of those Means of Production.

Some of those very same people may have the skills to Operate or Fix those Tools, and could pay with Labor in that case.

Other Definitions

The value delivered to shareholders because of management's ability to grow earnings --

"The intentions of entrepreneurs and investors have evolved over time to include a desire to create social value as well as shareholder value," says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B-Lab, a Berwyn (Pa.) nonprofit that certifies mission-driven companies. "Corporate law has not evolved to serve these new needs." -- Low-profit_Limited_Liability_Company

Shareholder value is a business buzz term, which implies that the ultimate measure of a company's success is to enrich shareholders. It became popular during the 1980s, and is particularly associated with former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch. In March 2009, Welch openly turned his back on the concept, calling shareholder value "the dumbest idea in the world".[1]

For a publicly traded company, Shareholder Value (SV) is the part of its capitalization that is equity as opposed to long-term debt. In the case of only one type of stock, this would roughly be the number of outstanding shares times current shareprice. Things like dividends augment shareholder value while issuing of shares (stock options) lower it. This Shareholder value added should be compared to average/required increase in value, aka cost of capital.

For a privately held company, the value of the firm after debt must be estimated using one of several valuation methods, s.a. discounted cash flow or others.

This management principle, also known under value based management, states that management should first and foremost consider the interests of shareholders in its business decisions. Although this is built into the legal premise of a publicly traded company, this concept is usually highlighted in opposition to alleged examples of CEO's and other management actions which enrich themselves at the expense of shareholders. Examples of this include acquisitions which are dilutive to shareholders, that is, they may cause the combined company to have twice the profits for example but these might have to be split amongst three times the shareholders. --

  1. Financial Times 'Welch condemns share price focus' (13 March 2009)