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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Represents par or the stated value of the subsidiary stock not owned by the parent company plus the minority interest''s equity in the surplus of the subsidiary. This item includes preferred dividend averages on the minority preferred stock (preferred shares not owned by the reporting parent company). Minority interest also refers to stockholders who own less than 50% of a subsidiary''s outstanding voting common stock. The minority stockholders hold an interest in the subsidiary''s net assets and share earnings with the parent company..