What Does Broadcom's Stock Split Mean for Investors

Shares of the chipmaker will carry a fair value estimate of $155 after its 10-for-1 split.

Sarah Hansen 13 June, 2024 | 1:36PM
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Broadcom AVGO announced a 10-for-1 stock split along with its second-quarter earnings on Wednesday. That means investors will receive nine additional shares of the semiconductor firm for each one they own.

“Broadcom’s stock split won’t affect our fundamental valuation on the company, but it makes it more easily accessible to smaller investors,” says Morningstar equity analyst William Kerwin, who raised his fair value estimate of the company’s stock to $1,550 per share following its strong earnings report. After the split, that estimate will be adjusted to $155 per share.

Broadcom has not split its shares since it was acquired by Avago in 2016. Shares of the company are up 31% this year and 82% over the past 12 months as investor enthusiasm for artificial intelligence has propelled tech stocks.

“AI growth and the firm’s acquisition of VMware have rapidly appreciated the stock price, leading to the announced 10-for-1 split,” Kerwin explains. “While before $1,000 couldn’t even buy one share of Broadcom, post-split it could buy several.”

 

Date for Broadcom’s Stock Split

Broadcom said in a press release that investors will receive their additional shares after the stock market closes on July 12. Shares will trade on a post-split basis when the market opens on July 15.

What Does Broadcom’s Stock Split Mean?

While stock splits change the number of shares in circulation, they do not change a company’s underlying fundamentals.
Morningstar’s fair value estimate for Broadcom stock is currently $1,550 per share, which will be adjusted to $155 after the split.
Broadcom’s wide economic moat rating and Medium Uncertainty Rating will not be affected. The stock’s 3-star rating, which indicates Morningstar assesses it as fairly valued, will also not change.

Why Do Companies Split Their Stock?

When a company splits its stock, each share gets divided into multiple new shares. While this increases the number of outstanding shares, it does not change the company’s overall value. Firms tend to do this when their stock price has risen to an amount that might make it difficult for individual investors to purchase shares.

Having a larger number of cheaper shares to attract more buyers can help improve liquidity, and lower prices can have the psychological impact of making shares more attractive to investors, even though the company’s underlying value hasn’t changed.

Other Recent Stock Splits

Broadcom’s move follows another high-profile stock split. AI giant Nvidia NVDA also split shares on a 10-for-1 basis earlier this month. Walmart WMT enacted a three-for-one split in February, while Alphabet GOOGL/GOOG, Tesla TSLA, and Amazon AMZN split shares in 2022.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Alphabet Inc Class A177.66 USD-0.02Rating
Alphabet Inc Class C179.39 USD0.09Rating
Amazon.com Inc183.13 USD-0.34Rating
Broadcom Inc157.35 USD-1.97Rating
NVIDIA Corp117.93 USD-2.61Rating
Tesla Inc239.20 USD-4.02Rating
Walmart Inc70.75 USD-0.10Rating

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Sarah Hansen  is markets reporter at Morningstar.com

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