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Book Value:

The value of an asset as it appears on the accounting books of an organization. Book value is the initial cost of the asset, less depreciation. Book value may be different from market value, which is the estimated amount the asset would command if sold. Book value also refers to the total value of a company and is computed by adding all assets, then deducting all debts and other liabilities, and deducting the liquidation price of any preferred stock. The book value of a company may be divided by the number of outstanding shares of common stock to get the book value per share of common stock.

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