B share scheme definition

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What does B share scheme mean?

A method of returning excess cash to members by the creation and issue of a new class of shares (‘B shares’) to members in proportion to their existing holdings, followed by the payment of a dividend on those shares, the redemption or buyback of those shares for cash, or the shares being cancelled in a reduction. Depending on the exact method chosen, shareholders may be able to treat the gain as either income or capital. See also special dividends, share buyback and reduction of capital.

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