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In this era of Private Limited Companies, every existing business entity or start-up want to register as a Private Limited Company. It requires very basic eligibility criteria and documentation. It is totally a delusion that registration under Private Limited demands a huge investment. In this article, we will discuss minimum paid-up capital and authorized capital required for the formation of Private Limited Companies but before that, we should know some basics about Private Limited Company.
Private Limited Company
Private Limited Company is one of the popular forms of business entities in India. Approximately 90% of companies in India are registered under Private Limited Company. These companies are governed under the Companies Act, 2013 by the Ministry of Corporate Affair (MCA). All those entrepreneurs who want to run their business entity as both Public limited and Partnership, prefer to register their entity as Private Limited because it is the midway between both the forms of entities and offers several benefits.
Directors and shareholders of Private Limited Company can improve the credibility of the business by running its operations according to their own choice. And, the profits are divided among all its members as dividends. The requirement of minimum paid up and authorized capital to start the Private Limited Company is discussed further.
Eligibility to form Private Limited Company
- Number of Directors- Minimum 2 and Maximum 15.
- Number of shareholders- Minimum 2 and maximum no limit. However, one person can act as both director and shareholder.
- Citizenship- At least one director should hold Indian Citizenship.
- Minimum Authorized capital- Rs.1 lakh.
Authorized Capital for Private Limited Company
Authorized capital or authorized shares are the maximum number of shares which the Company can issue to its shareholders. The Company needs to prescribe its authorized capital in MOA and AOA during its incorporation.
Government fee for Authorized capital
The Ministry of Corporate Affair charges the amount of Rs.5000 for minimum authorized capital of Rs.1 lakh. If the company raises additional authorized capital, then the charges by MCA are as follows:
|Additional Authorized Capital (Rs.)||Per lakh fees as prescribed by MCA|
|Rs.1,00,000- Rs.5,00,000||Rs.4000/ lakh|
|More than 1 cr.||Rs.750/lakh|
Paid-up Capital for Private Limited Company
Different sources of Paid-up Capital for Private Limited Company
The two different sources for the funding of paid-up capital as follows:
Par value of the shares
This is the foremost source of the paid-up capital for any Private Limited Company. In this case, the shares/stocks of the company are issued at the par value. The par value is the fixed basic value of the stock mentioned in the Company’s Memorandum of Association during its Incorporation. It is also called as “Nominal value” or “Face value” of the share.
Premium/Discount value of the stock
Private Limited Companies in India can also raise funds by issuing the shares or stock of the company at discount or premium on their par value. For example; the company issues the share with the par value of Rs.10 at Rs.20 which means, it will be considered as premium shares. Whereas on other side, if company issues the share at Rs.7 whose par value is Rs.10 then, it will be considered as discounted shares.
Generally, companies issue shares at a discount when they lack capital for their business operations and urgently required capital. They also issue at discount value when a company is suffering with huge loses. On the other side, companies issue at premium value when they are enjoying huge profits and there is a high demand in a limited number of shares.
Characteristics of Paid-up Capital for Private Limited Company
No repayment for shares
This is one of the major characteristics of paid-up capital. This states that once investor purchases the share and invest in the company then, they do not require paying again for the shares they have purchased. They also don’t even need to buy-back their shares in the future.
Recording in Balance Sheet
Paid-up capital is also recorded in the balance sheet of the company. It is recorded under stockholder’s equity. The paid up capital can be recorded differently for each source as mentioned above. All the equity generated by issuing shares at par value recorded under “common stock paid-up capital” and the shares issued at discounted or premium value recorded under “additional stock paid-up capital” accounts.
Paid-up capital helps the company to determine whether its equity is exceeding its debts or not. If equity exceeds the company’s debts then it shows that the company is having a lower debt-equity ratio. Lower debt-equity ratio means that the company is less dependent on its debts and more dependent on its equity. So, the company always tries to maximize its paid up capital to lower its ratio.
The cost of maintaining paid-up capital is quite expensive because if investors invest in the company then, they want some share of its profits in the form of dividends. As a result, the payment of dividends or non-cash benefits is pricey for the company.
Importance of Paid-up Capital for Private Limited Company
- Paid up capital is the amount of capital raised by the company by issuing all of its shares. More paid-up capital means the lesser dependence on debts. A Private Limited Company that is called as fully paid-up capital company is the company that issued all its shares and now it can raise its capital by exceeding its authorized capital limit or by debts.
- The paid-up capital figure in the balance sheet of the company determines the company’s health in the market. It represents how much extent the company is dependent on equity for its financing. The level of equity is compared to the level of debt to determine the financial condition of the company.
Minimum Paid-up Capital to form Private Limited Company
As per Companies Act, 2013, the minimum paid-up capital to form the Private Limited Company was Rs.1 lakh but after the amendments in Companies Act (2013), Companies (Amendments) Act, 2015 states that there is no minimum limit of Paid-up capital to form Private Limited Company but the Authorized capital of minimum Rs.1 lakh is still mandatory to form this Company.
Also, Read: Procedure for Change of Company Name.