Thirty Years of Stock Splits, Reverse Stock Splits, and Stock Dividends in Canada

32 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2005

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Vijay M. Jog

Carleton University - Eric Sprott School of Business

Peng Cheng Zhu

University of the Pacific - Eberhart School of Business

Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

We use thirty years of Canadian evidence to shed light on the implications of Stock Splits, stock dividends and reverse splits. We focus on the period around -60 months to +60 months of the event month and examine changes in returns, eps, betas, trading volume, number of transactions and P/E ratios. Our results indicate that there is no information signalling since the performance of stocks in the post-event period is less than pre-event but there is an increase in the trading volume but the per transaction trading volume decreases considerably. This evidence supports the optimum price hypothesis and a change in the shareholder composition. In addition we show that there is a permanent change in the valuation parameter as denoted by P/E ratios possibly as a result of a shift between institutional investors to individual investors.

Keywords: stock splits, stock dividends, reverse stock split

JEL Classification: G32, G35

Suggested Citation

Jog, Vijay M. and Zhu, Peng Cheng, Thirty Years of Stock Splits, Reverse Stock Splits, and Stock Dividends in Canada (June 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=692941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.692941

Vijay M. Jog (Contact Author)

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Peng Cheng Zhu

University of the Pacific - Eberhart School of Business ( email )

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Stockton, CA 95211
United States
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