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Scotiabank is a financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and parts of Asia. Through its three operating segments: Canadian Banking, International Banking, and Global Banking and Markets, Co. provides a range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. As of Oct 31 2016, Co. had total assets of C$896,266 million and total deposits of C$611,877 million. According to our BNS split history records, Bank of Nova Scotia Halifax has had 2 splits.
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Bank of Nova Scotia Halifax (BNS) has 2 splits in our BNS split history database. The first split for BNS took place on May 10, 2001. This was a 1 for 5 reverse split, meaning for each 5 shares of BNS owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 1 share. For example, a 1000 share position pre-split, became a 200 share position following the split. BNS's second split took place on April 29, 2004. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of BNS owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 200 share position pre-split, became a 400 share position following the split.

When a company such as Bank of Nova Scotia Halifax 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. When a company such as Bank of Nova Scotia Halifax conducts a reverse share split, it is usually because shares have fallen to a lower per-share pricepoint than the company would like. This can be important because, for example, certain types of mutual funds might have a limit governing which stocks they may buy, based upon per-share price. The $5 and $10 pricepoints tend to be important in this regard. Stock exchanges also tend to look at per-share price, setting a lower limit for listing eligibility. So when a company does a reverse split, it is looking mathematically at the market capitalization before and after the reverse split takes place, and concluding that if the market capitilization remains stable, the reduced share count should result in a higher price per share. Looking at the BNS split history from start to finish, an original position size of 1000 shares would have turned into 400 today. Below, we examine the compound annual growth rate — CAGR for short — of an investment into Bank of Nova Scotia Halifax shares, starting with a $10,000 purchase of BNS, presented on a split-history-adjusted basis factoring in the complete BNS split history. BNS 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: $46.86
End price/share: $66.09
Starting shares: 213.40
Ending shares: 326.96
Dividends reinvested/share: $21.80
Total return: 116.09%
Average Annual Total Return: 8.01%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $21,618.37
Years: 10.01
Growth of $10,000.00
Without Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 01/23/2008
End date: 01/22/2018
Start price/share: $46.86
End price/share: $66.09
Dividends collected/share: $21.80
Total return: 87.57%
Average Annual Total Return: 6.49%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $18,760.22
Years: 10.01
Date Ratio
05/10/20011 for 5
04/29/20042 for 1
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