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Dean Foods is a food and beverage company and a processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products. Co. manufactures, markets and distributes a branded and private label dairy and dairy case products, including fluid milk, ice cream, cultured dairy products, creamers, ice cream mix and other dairy products to retailers, educational institutions and governmental entities. Co.'s portfolio includes DairyPurewhite, TruMoo®, Alta Dena ®, Berkeley Farms ®, Country Fresh ®, Dean's ®, Friendly's ®, Garelick Farms ®, LAND O LAKES ®, Mayfield ® and more. Co. also makes and distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas and bottled water. According to our DF split history records, Dean Foods has had 5 splits.
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Dean Foods (DF) has 5 splits in our DF split history database. The first split for DF took place on September 04, 1991. This was a 3 for 2 split, meaning for each 2 shares of DF owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 3 shares. For example, a 1000 share position pre-split, became a 1500 share position following the split. DF's second split took place on April 24, 2002. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of DF owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 1500 share position pre-split, became a 3000 share position following the split. DF's third split took place on June 10, 2003. This was a 3 for 2 split, meaning for each 2 shares of DF owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 3 shares. For example, a 3000 share position pre-split, became a 4500 share position following the split. DF's 4th split took place on May 24, 2013. This was a 224 for 100 split, meaning for each 100 shares of DF owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 224 shares. For example, a 4500 share position pre-split, became a 10080 share position following the split. DF's 5th split took place on August 27, 2013. This was a 1 for 2 reverse split, meaning for each 2 shares of DF owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 1 share. For example, a 10080 share position pre-split, became a 5040 share position following the split.

When a company such as Dean Foods 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 Dean Foods 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 DF split history from start to finish, an original position size of 1000 shares would have turned into 5040 today. Below, we examine the compound annual growth rate — CAGR for short — of an investment into Dean Foods shares, starting with a $10,000 purchase of DF, presented on a split-history-adjusted basis factoring in the complete DF split history. DF split adjusted history picture

Growth of $10,000.00
With Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 07/24/2007
End date: 07/21/2017
Start price/share: $27.80
End price/share: $15.35
Starting shares: 359.71
Ending shares: 386.82
Dividends reinvested/share: $1.19
Total return: -40.62%
Average Annual Total Return: -5.08%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $5,937.14
Years: 10.00
 
Growth of $10,000.00
Without Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 07/24/2007
End date: 07/21/2017
Start price/share: $27.80
End price/share: $15.35
Dividends collected/share: $1.19
Total return: -40.51%
Average Annual Total Return: -5.06%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $5,949.66
Years: 10.00
Date Ratio
09/04/19913 for 2
04/24/20022 for 1
06/10/20033 for 2
05/24/2013224 for 100
08/27/20131 for 2
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