Define: Undistributable Reserves

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Definition: Undistributable Reserves

Quick Summary of Undistributable Reserves

Undistributable Reserves (also known non-distributable profit) are reserves that may not be distributed according to the Companies Act.

What is the dictionary definition of Undistributable Reserves?

Dictionary Definition

Undistributable Reserves (also known as Capital Reserves) are reserves that may not be distributed as per rules/regulations laid out in the Companies Act.

These reserves often include items such as share capital, share premium accounts, capital redemption reserves, certain unrealised profits, or any other reserve that a company may not distribute for any given reason, whether that be due to a Legal Act or due to it’s own constitutional documentation.

Within the US, such reserves are known as Restricted Surplus items.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Undistributable Reserves are sourced/syndicated from:

  • Oxford Dictionary Of Economics
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 5th May 2019.