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ION Geophysical is a technology-focused company. Co.'s exploration and production (E&P) offerings are improving decision-making, reservoir management and supporting offshore operations. Co. acquires, processes and interprets seismic data from seismic surveys on a multi-client or proprietary basis. Co.'s segments include: E&P Technology and Services, which provides service activities through its Ventures group, Imaging Services group and E&P Advisors; Operations Optimization, which develops subscription offerings and provides engineering services; and Ocean Bottom Integrated Technologies, which includes survey design, planning, data processing, interpretation and reservoir services. According to our IO split history records, ION Geophysical has had 4 splits.
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ION Geophysical (IO) has 4 splits in our IO split history database. The first split for IO took place on May 05, 1994. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of IO 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. IO's second split took place on January 10, 1996. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of IO owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 2000 share position pre-split, became a 4000 share position following the split. IO's third split took place on February 04, 2016. IO's 4th split took place on February 05, 2016. This was a 1 for 15 reverse split, meaning for each 15 shares of IO owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 1 share. For example, a 4000 share position pre-split, became a 266.666666666667 share position following the split.

When a company such as ION Geophysical 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 ION Geophysical 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 IO split history from start to finish, an original position size of 1000 shares would have turned into 266.666666666667 today. Below, we examine the compound annual growth rate — CAGR for short — of an investment into ION Geophysical shares, starting with a $10,000 purchase of IO, presented on a split-history-adjusted basis factoring in the complete IO split history. IO split adjusted history picture

Growth of $10,000.00
Without Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 12/11/2009
End date: 12/10/2019
Start price/share: $85.95
End price/share: $8.39
Dividends collected/share: $0.00
Total return: -90.24%
Average Annual Total Return: -20.75%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $976.60
Years: 10.00
Date Ratio
05/05/19942 for 1
01/10/19962 for 1
02/04/20161 for 1
02/05/20161 for 15
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