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Advantages and Disadvantages of Equity Shares

The important advantages of raising funds through issuing equity shares are given as below:

  • Equity shares are suitable for investors who are willing to assume risk for higher returns;
  • Equity shares do not create any obligation to pay a fixed rate of dividend.
  • Payment of dividend to the equity shareholders is not compulsory. Therefore, there is no burden on the company in this respect;
  • Equity capital serves as permanent capital as it is to be repaid only at the time of liquidation of a company. As it stands last in the list of claims, it provides a cushion for creditors, in the event of winding up of a company;
  • It is a permanent source of capital and the company has to repay it except under liquidation.
  • Equity capital provides creditworthiness to the company and confidence to prospective loan providers;
  • In case of profits, equity shareholders are the real gainers by way of increased dividends and appreciation in the value of shares.
  • Democratic control over management of the company is assured due to voting rights of equity shareholders.


The major disadvantages of raising funds through issue of equity shares are as follows:

  • Investors who want steady income may not prefer equity shares as equity shares get fluctuating returns;
  • As equity capital cannot be redeemed, there is a danger of over capitalization.
  • The cost of equity shares is generally more as compared to the cost of raising funds through other sources;
  • Equity shareholders can put obstacles for management by manipulation and organizing themselves.
  • Issue of additional equity shares dilutes the voting power, and earnings of existing equity shareholders;
  • More formalities and procedural delays are involved while raising funds through issue of equity share.
  • Investors who desire to invest in safe securities with a fixed income have no attraction for such shares.
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