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BHP Billiton is a global resources company. Co. operates under a Dual Listed Company (DLC) structure, which consists of the BHP Billiton Limited Group and the BHP Billiton Plc Group, operating as a single economic entity. As of June 30 2017, Co. operated four reportable segments: Petroleum, which is involved in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas; Copper, which is involved in the mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold; Iron ore, which is involved in the mining of iron ore; and Coal, which is involved in the mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal. According to our BHP split history records, BHP Billiton has had 2 splits.
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BHP Billiton (BHP) has 2 splits in our BHP split history database. The first split for BHP took place on June 25, 1996. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of BHP owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 1000 share position pre-split, became a 2000 share position following the split. BHP's second split took place on July 13, 2001. This was a 20651 for 10000 split, meaning for each 10000 shares of BHP owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 20651 shares. For example, a 2000 share position pre-split, became a 4130.2 share position following the split.

When a company such as BHP Billiton splits its shares, the market capitalization before and after the split takes place remains stable, meaning the shareholder now owns more shares but each are valued at a lower price per share. Often, however, a lower priced stock on a per-share basis can attract a wider range of buyers. If that increased demand causes the share price to appreciate, then the total market capitalization rises post-split. This does not always happen, however, often depending on the underlying fundamentals of the business. Looking at the BHP split history from start to finish, an original position size of 1000 shares would have turned into 4130.2 today. Below, we examine the compound annual growth rate — CAGR for short — of an investment into BHP Billiton shares, starting with a $10,000 purchase of BHP, presented on a split-history-adjusted basis factoring in the complete BHP split history. BHP split adjusted history picture

Growth of $10,000.00
With Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 01/23/2008
End date: 01/22/2018
Start price/share: $60.65
End price/share: $49.44
Starting shares: 164.88
Ending shares: 228.99
Dividends reinvested/share: $18.52
Total return: 13.21%
Average Annual Total Return: 1.25%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $11,323.48
Years: 10.01
Growth of $10,000.00
Without Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 01/23/2008
End date: 01/22/2018
Start price/share: $60.65
End price/share: $49.44
Dividends collected/share: $18.52
Total return: 12.05%
Average Annual Total Return: 1.14%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $11,200.99
Years: 10.01
Date Ratio
06/25/19962 for 1
07/13/200120651 for 10000
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