Allocated Equity (for cooperatives)

Cooperatives September 10, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF

Equity that is assigned by amounts to individuals or organizations, typically in the form of retained patronage refunds and/or per-unit capital retains; investments by patrons for which they have received notification of the allocation. The share of net margin (savings) from member businesses that has been allocated to individual member-patrons based on their patronage but retained by the cooperative for operating purposes. There is an obligation to redeem this equity to members or past members at some point in the future.

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