Additional Paid-In Capital


The financial accounting term additional paid-in capital refers to the amount paid in excess of par value by investors when capital stock is first issued.  There are a number of subsequent transactions that can also affect the balance of this account.  Additional paid-in capital appears in the owner's equity section of the company's balance sheet.


Additional Paid-in Capital = Price Paid for Capital Stock - Par Value of Capital Stock


Companies will issue capital stock to raise funds used to expand business operations and create additional shareholder value.  When companies first issue capital stock, the price paid in excess of the security's par value is classified as additional paid-in capital in the owner's equity section of the balance sheet.  For example, if a company issues 1,000,000 shares of capital stock with a par value of $1.00 and the price paid by investors is $25.00, then the journal entry for this transaction would be:

  Debit Credit
Cash $25,000,000  
Common Stock: 1,000,000 shares, par value $1.00   $1,000,000
Additional Paid-in Capital   $24,000,000

Note:  Additional Paid-in Capital is sometimes used interchangeably with Paid-in Capital in Excess of Par.

There are a number of transactions that affect the balance of additional paid-in capital.  For example, debits to this account result from transactions involving:

  • Capital stock issued at a discount
  • Liquidating dividends
  • Treasury stock sold below cost

While credits to this account result from transactions that include:

  • Capital stock issued at a premium
  • Conversion of preferred stock or convertible bonds
  • Special stockholder assessments
  • Treasury stock sold above cost

Related Terms

balance sheet, owner's equity, capital stock, preferred stock, par value