Definition of capitalization
1a : the act or process of capitalizingb : a sum resulting from a process of capitalizingc : the total liabilities of a business including both ownership capital and borrowed capitald : the total par value or the stated value of no-par issues of authorized stock
2 : the use of a capital letter in writing or printing
Recent Examples of capitalization from the Web
Hastings told investors not to worry, noting that Netflix's ratio of debt to its market capitalization (which is rapidly approaching $80 billion) is low enough to allay any concerns.
Apple, the world's largest company by market capitalization, paid a tax rate of just 0.005% in 2014.
Having almost quadrupled its market capitalization to $13.2 billion between February 2016 and June 2017, the ETF offered investors enough room to sell quickly.
Now, Apple and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) have become the two most valuable companies, with a combined market capitalization of over $1.3 trillion.
Market capitalization is an estimation of a company's value calculated by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by stock price.
The iPhone maker and world's largest public corporation by market capitalization has been lobbying state lawmakers in opposition to the bills.
Its current market capitalization is about $3.9 billion.
In June 1999, ecorp went public, with a market capitalization of around $525 million.
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First Known Use of capitalization
Financial Definition of CAPITALIZATION
What It Is
In the business world, capitalization has two meanings. The first meaning, also called market capitalization, refers to the value of a company's outstanding shares. The formula for market capitalization is:
It is important to note that market cap is not the same as equity value, nor is it equal to a company's debt plus its shareholders' equity (although that too is sometimes referred to as simply the company's capitalization).
The second meaning of the term relates to the act of accounting for a cost as an asset instead of an expense.
How It Works
Let's assume Company XYZ has 10 million shares outstanding and the current share price is $9. Based on this information and the formula above, we can calculate that Company XYZ's market capitalization is 10 million x $9 = $90 million.
In the second use of the term, let’s assume Company XYZ creates a new drainage system to prevent run-off rainwater from flooding the neighbor’s business. Because the costs associated with the change constitute an addition to the property and allows it to use the property as a concert venue, Company XYZ can capitalize those costs. So, instead of recording the costs as an expense on the balance sheet, which would lower the company’s net income, Company XYZ records the costs as an asset on the balance sheet. These assets then depreciate, which has a much smaller effect on net profits.
Why It Matters
Capitalization reflects the theoretical value of a company, but this is usually not what the company could be purchased for in a normal merger transaction. One reason for this is that the value of material nonpublic information, management changes, operating synergies between the acquirer and the company, and other intangible factors may not be reflected in the stock price or the financial statements.
In the accounting sense, capitalization is good for companies that want to keep net income as high as possible; however, it’s not as good for companies that want to pay as little in taxes as possible (business expenses are tax-deductible; capitalized assets are not).
Legal Definition of capitalization
1 : the act or process of capitalizing capitalization of earnings
2 : a sum resulting from a process of capitalizing; especially : paid-in capital at capital inadequate capitalization
3 : total capital liabilities of a business including both equity capital and debt capital Editor's note: Equity capital is considered a liability because the investors may recall some or all of it (as by redeeming stock). Inadequate capitalization of a business is considered by courts in cases dealing with equitable subordination of creditors or piercing the corporate veil.
4 : the total par value or the stated value of no-par issues of authorized capital stock
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