Redemption of Preference Shares: Practical Problems and Solutions

True Tamplin

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®
Updated on November 16, 2021

Problem 1: Redemption of Preference Shares at Premium

On 1 July 2000, a limited company issued 10,000 redeemable preference shares valued at $10 per share. The shares were redeemable at a premium of 10%.

Two-fifths of the company’s issue was redeemed out of profits on 10 January 2004. On 20 January 2004, the company issued 20,000 equity shares at $10 each at a premium of $4 per share. Out of the proceeds of the issue, the balance of redeemable preference shares was redeemed.

Required: Make journal entries to record these transactions in the company’s books.


Journal Entries

Journal Entries Problem 1 Solution

Problem 2: Redemption of Shares at Premium, Partly Out of Profits and Partly Out of Fresh Issue

A company issued 50,000 equity shares at $10 per share and 3,000 redemption preference shares at $100 each. All shares were fully called and paid up.

On 31 March 2004, the profit and loss account showed an undistributed profit of $50,000. The general reserve account stood at $120,000.

On 2 April 2004, the directors decided to issue 1,500 6% preference shares at $100 per share for cash. They also redeemed the existing preference shares at $105, utilizing as much profits as required for the purpose.


  • Show the journal entries to record these transactions
  • Prepare a summarized balance sheet showing the company’s position on completion of the redemption

On 31 March 2004, the cash balance amounted to $185,000 and Sundry Creditors stood at $87,000.


Journal Entries

Journal Entries Problem 2 Solution

Balance Sheet Problem 2 Solution

Problem 3: Where Minimum Number of Equity Shares Is to Be Issued for Redemptions

The summarized balance sheet of a company is given as follows:
Summarized Balance Sheet Problem 3
The redeemable preference shares will be redeemed at a premium of 10%.

The company’s directors wish that only the minimum number of fresh equity shares of $10 each at a premium of 5% be issued to provide for the redemption of such preference shares, as could not otherwise be redeemed.

Required: Give the journal entries and prepare the balance sheet after redemption.


Journal Entries

Journal Entries Problem 3 Solution
To calculate the minimum number of fresh shares to be issued, first let the dollar value of shares to be issued equal X.

Formula For Minimum Number Of Fresh Shares to Be Issued
Calculation of Fresh Shares

Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet Problem 3 Solution

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

About the Author
True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

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

True contributes to his own finance dictionary, 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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