Equity component

The equity component has several uses. It can be used to model any, or a combination of the following:

  1. Sell shares in the business for cash. This increases the equity in the business by a value equal to the selling price of the shares, and also provides cash at the point the shares are sold.
  2. Existing shares/equity in the business. This adds to the Opening Balance's equity entry and the Balance Sheet's equity line.
  3. Pay a dividend, either calculated as a percentage of profit, or as a set amount per shareholder.

Below we'll look at how to set up each of these cases. All of them use the same component.


Starting equity value - if you toggle this, you can model existing shares which form part of the plan's Opening Balance.

Forecast cash from selling shares - the number of shares sold and the price of a single share.

How to calculate dividend amounts - choose how to calculate dividends. Dividend per share will calculate the dividend amount based on the number of shares x the dividend amount entered here. Percentage of profit will calculate the dividend as a percentage of post-tax profit in the plan, based on the percentage entered below.

Dividend per share - the amount paid to shareholders as a dividend. How this is calculated depends on the choice above.


1. Sell shares in the business for cash

  • In this example, 10 shares are being sold for £100 each. 
  • This will generate £1000 in cash in the month the equity component begins in the Timeline.
  • This will also generate £1000 of share capital in the equity section of the Balance Sheet.

2. Existing shares/equity in the business

  • In this example, 1 share is set up worth £1000. This could represent a single owner's equity in the business.
  • This does not add any cash to the plan - Starting cash must be added separately in the Opening Balance.
  • This will generate £1000 of share capital in the equity section of the Balance Sheet and on the Opening Balance.

3. Pay a dividend

  • In this example, shares are set up with a dividend payment or £5 per share per month.
  • This will result in a £5 times the number of shares sold dividend payment per month.
  • There is no price per share, meaning that this component generates no cash or equity, just the dividend payment.