I was checking HSBC 2020 Q1 earnings release's balance sheet, and under share count, the first line says "period end basic number of $0.50 ordinary shares outstanding." I believe that the first line simply means the number of shares outstanding in the market. But, would anyone know what's the need to say "period end basic number of $0.50"?

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  • Does this answer your question? Relation between par value, offering price and trading range
    – base64
    May 23, 2020 at 14:56
  • @base64 appreciate the comment, but I'm not sure if that question relates 😅 May 23, 2020 at 15:28
  • Without seeing any more detail, I would assume it just means the number of shares outstanding at the end of the period in question... that is, at the end of Q1 2020, whenever that was.
    – TripeHound
    May 23, 2020 at 17:33
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    @BøbbyLeung The $0.50 is the par value (per share) of the 20.172 billion shares outstanding at the end of the accounting period.
    – D Stanley
    May 24, 2020 at 15:38


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