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English definition of “bonus issue”

bonus issue

noun [C]     FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
an occasion when a company changes its profits into shares and gives these shares to shareholders. Those people then own more shares but each share is worth less than before and therefore can be bought and sold more easily: Investors approved a four-for-one bonus issue. → Compare capitalization issue, scrip issue
(Definition of bonus issue noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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