Additional paid-in capital (APIC), is an accounting term referring to money an investor pays above and beyond the par value price of a stock. Often referred to as contributed capital in excess of par”, APIC occurs when an investor buys newly-issued shares, directly from a company, during its initial public offering (IPO) stage. Therefore, APICs, which are itemized under the “shareholder’s equity” section of a balance sheet, are viewed as profit opportunities for companies, who receive excess cash from stockholders.
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