Procedure for Issuance of Shares

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Subject Matter Experts

Updated on March 09, 2023

Explanation and Steps for Issuance of Shares

When a company receives its certificate of incorporation, it is important for the company's directors to take the necessary steps to raise the required capital. A brief overview of these steps is given in this section.

Step 1: The directors of a public limited company issue a prospectus, inviting the public to apply to purchase the company's shares.

Step 2: Prospective shareholders apply for the purchase of shares on the prescribed forms.

Step 3: The applications, along with a specified amount, are sent to the company's banker by the prescribed date. After the closing date, the banker sends these applications to the company's directors.

Step 4: The directors scrutinize the applications. If the subscription is within the issued capital, the directors allot shares to all applicants.

Step 5: The applicants are informed about the allotment of the shares using an allotment letter. The applicants become the company's shareholders as soon as they receive the letter of allotment.

Step 6: The directors may reject some applications. In this case, the company issues letters of regret to those applicants. The bank is directed to return the money to these applicants within ten days of the decision being made.

Step 7: If the company's directors do not want to take the risk of issuing shares, then they can transfer the risk to specialized persons known as underwriters.

Step 8: The underwriters, in exchange for a commission, either issue the shares to applicants or take ownership of any shares that cannot be sold in the market.

Sale Price of Shares

Shares can be issued at the following three prices:

  • At par
  • At premuim
  • At discount

At Par

If shares are issued at a price that is equal to their nominal value (or face value), this is referred to as the issuance of shares at par. For instance, a share of $10 is issued at $10.

At Premium

If shares are issued at a price that exceeds their nominal value (or face value), this is referred to as the issuance of shares at premium. For example, if a share of $10 is issued at $12, $2 is the premium on the issuance of shares.

At Discount

If shares are issued at a price that is less than their face value, this is referred to as the issuance of shares at discount. For instance, if a share of $10 is issued at $8, $2 is the discount.

Payment of Shares

Shares can be paid for in the following ways:

  • Lump-sum payment
  • Installment payment

Lump-sum Payment

Lump-sum payment of shares means that the amount payable on the application of each share will be the full nominal amount of the shares.

Accounting Entries

If shares are issued to the directors or underwriters and the amount is received in a lump sum, the accounting entry is made as follows:

Bank ----------------- DR
Share Capital ------------ CR

If shares are issued to the public after receiving the application money through the bank, the accounting entry would be:

On receipt of applications

Bank ----------------- DR
Share Application ------------ CR

On allotment of shares

Share Application ----------------- DR
Share Capital----------------------------- CR

If shares are issued for the services rendered by the promoters for the formation of the company, the journal entry would be the following:

Preliminary Expenses ----------------- DR
Share Capital -------------------------------------- CR

Oversubscription of shares

If more shares are applied for than are issued (i.e., oversubscription of shares), the amount of oversubscription will be refunded in full. In this case, the following accounting entry is made:

Share Application ----------------- DR
Bank -------------------------------------- CR


Moon Sugar Mills Limited was formed with a nominal capital of $50,000 divided into 5,000 ordinary shares of $10 each.

On 1 April 2018, the company issued 2,000 shares as fully paid to the directors and the remaining 3,000 shares were offered to the public for subscription.

The amount was called in a lump sum, which was paid on 10 April 2009.


  • Pass the journal entries in the books of the company
  • Draft a balance sheet


Moon Sugar Mills Limited Journal Entries
Moon Sugar Mills Limited Balance Sheet

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About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

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