ordinary share


Definition of ordinary share 


: a share of common stock

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At that highest valuation, the company could be worth more than $23.45 billion based on ordinary shares outstanding as of Feb. 22. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Spotify Files to Go Public," 28 Feb. 2018 Among Spotify's principal shareholders, Ek personally controls 25.7 percent of the company's ordinary shares, amounting to almost 46.8 million in total. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Spotify Files to Go Public," 28 Feb. 2018 Private market investors—often venture-capital or private-equity firms—are usually able to buy preference shares that can be converted into ordinary shares when the IPO happens. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Why Tech Company IPOs Can Be So Overvalued," 11 May 2018 In the case of Baidu, every 10 American depositary shares represent an interest in one of the internet company’s class A ordinary shares. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Chinese Tech Titan Alibaba Plans Stock-Market Homecoming," 15 Mar. 2018 As of March 21, Spotify had 178.1 million ordinary shares outstanding, according to a filing. Bloomberg.com, "Why Spotify Doesn’t Want a Stock Pop on Its First Day of Trading," 3 Apr. 2018 Instead, the opening public price of its ordinary shares on the NYSE will be determined by buy and sell orders collected on its listing day, the company said in the filing. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Spotify Finally Filed for an IPO," 28 Feb. 2018 The company has set the target price for the shares in a range of €26 to €31 ($32 to $38) per ordinary share in an offer of 150 million shares, about 15% of the company’s ordinary stock. William Boston, WSJ, "Siemens Looks to Raise $5.7 Billion in Healthineers IPO," 4 Mar. 2018 More boldly, Singapore might include a sunset clause, establishing a date at which shares with extra voting rights convert into ordinary shares. The Economist, "Hong Kong and Singapore succumb to the lure of dual-class shares," 1 Mar. 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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