Book Value of Equity Per Share (BVPS)

Book Value of Equity Per Share (BVPS) Definition

Book Value of Equity per Share (BVPS) is a way to calculate the ratio of a company’s Stakeholder equity (as stated in the balance sheet) to the number of shares outstanding. Investors commonly use BVPS to determine if a stock price is under or overvalued by looking at the company’s current state.

Book Value vs Market Value

Investors use both Book Value and Market Value to build strong portfolios. The market price of a stock provides hints to the company’s future growth and financial stability. The book value reveals the current state of a company calculated by its balance sheet. Using both values can assist you in determining whether a stock is valued correctly, thereby helping you invest your money wisely. For example, a company’s BVPS is $4 and the market value is $10. In this case, it does not necessarily mean that the stock is overvalued. However, it might mean that the company’s assets have a high earning power or potential. In comparison, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is an undervalued stock if a company’s BVPS is $4 and the market value is $2. Instead, it might mean that the financial market has lost confidence in the company’s ability to generate future profits.

Formula

Calculate the BVPS of a company by dividing total stakeholder equity (excluding preferred shares) by total shares outstanding. Refer to the following formula to calculate BVPS:

BVPS =  Value of Common Equity / # of Shares Outstanding

Example of Book Value of Equity Per Share (BVPS)

For example, ABC & Co. has $30,000,000 of stockholder’s equity, $7,000,000 of preferred stock, and an average of 5,000,000 shares outstanding during the period measured. Calculate BVPS using the following formula:

$30,000,000 Stockholder’s Equity – $7,000,000 Preferred Stock ÷ 5,000,000 Average Shares Outstanding

= $4.60 Book Value Per Share

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Book Value of Equity Per Share (BVPS)

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Book Value of Equity Per Share (BVPS)

See also:
Price to Book Value Analysis
Price to Sales Ratio Analysis

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