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WellPoint is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. provides a range of network-based managed care health benefit plans to employer, individual, Medicaid and senior markets. Co.'s managed care plans include: preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, including consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. Co. has three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business; Government Business; and Other. Co. served 35.7 million medical members through its affiliated health plans and a total of 67.8 million individuals through all subsidiaries as of Dec 31 2013. According to our WellPoint stock split history records, WellPoint has had 3 splits.
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WellPoint (WLP) has 3 splits in our WellPoint stock split history database. The first split for WLP took place on May 21, 1996. This was a 2 for 3 reverse split, meaning for each 3 shares of WLP owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 1000 share position pre-split, became a 0 position following the split. WLP's second split took place on March 18, 2002. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of WLP owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 1000 share position pre-split, became a 2000 position following the split. WLP's third split took place on June 01, 2005. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of WLP owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 2000 share position pre-split, became a 4000 position following the split.

When a company such as WellPoint 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 WellPoint 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 WellPoint stock split history from start to finish, an original position size of 1000 shares would have turned into 4000 today. Below, we examine the compound annual growth rate — CAGR for short — of an investment into WellPoint shares, starting with a $10,000 purchase of WLP, presented on a split-history-adjusted basis factoring in the complete WellPoint stock split history. WellPoint split adjusted history picture

Growth of $10,000.00
With Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 09/30/2004
End date: 09/30/2014
Start price/share: $43.63
End price/share: $119.62
Starting shares: 229.20
Ending shares: 297.98
Dividends reinvested/share: $16.87
Total return: 256.44%
Average Annual Total Return: 13.55%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $35,659.38
Years: 10.01
 
Growth of $10,000.00
Without Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 09/30/2004
End date: 09/30/2014
Start price/share: $43.63
End price/share: $119.62
Dividends collected/share: $16.87
Total return: 212.82%
Average Annual Total Return: 12.07%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $31,272.67
Years: 10.01
Date Ratio
05/21/19962 for 3
03/18/20022 for 1
06/01/20052 for 1
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