book value

noun

Definition of book value

: the value of something as shown on bookkeeping records as distinguished from market value:
a : the value of an asset equal to cost minus depreciation
b : the value of a corporation's stock equal to its book value minus its liabilities

Examples of book value in a Sentence

I paid $4,100 for the car four years ago, but its book value is now under $500.
Recent Examples on the Web Shell’s price-to-economic book value (PEBV) of 0.3 means the stock is priced for profits to fall, permanently, by 70% from TTM levels. David Trainer, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Square certainly has the equity currency to do a deal like this, with its shares trading at over 50 times book value. Telis Demos, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2021 The firm’s 3-year average economic book value is $4.3 billion compared to a market cap of just $2.2 billion. David Trainer, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The price-to-book ratio is determined by dividing market price per share by book value per share. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 At its current price of $51/share, INTC has a price-to-economic book value (PEBV) ratio of 0.6. David Trainer, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 This didn’t happen often because buyers normally paid more than a company’s book value. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2020 At its current price of $74/share, OMC has a price-to-economic book value (PEBV) ratio of 0.5. David Trainer, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Its addition will significantly enlarge M&T and its tangible book value. Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of book value

1839, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2022

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“Book value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/book%20value. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for book value

book value

noun

English Language Learners Definition of book value

: the amount of money that something (such as a car) is officially worth based on its age, style, condition, etc.

book value

noun

Legal Definition of book value

: the value of something as shown on bookkeeping records as distinguished from market value: as
a : the value of an asset equal to cost less depreciation
b : the value of a corporation's capital stock expressed as its original cost less depreciation and liabilities

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