Effect of share split on the shareholders’ wealth; A case of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE)

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Mzumbe University
The study aimed at analysis the effects of share split on the shareholders’ wealth; a case of Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). In attaining this, four specific objectives were set ascertained; to explore reasons for share split, to determine whether price of split share follow any definite identifiable pattern, to analyze pros and cons pertaining to share split, and to assess the effect of share split on return to shareholders. The study deployed a case study research design and conducted at the DSE where attained 94 percent response rate as 13 respondents were from DSE Staff, 8 respondents from Licensed Brokers and 96 respondents from Shareholders. Again, purposive and snowball sampling techniques were deployed in getting data from a total sample size of 117 respondents. As far as research findings is concerned, the study attained fully its specific objectives that revealed reasons for share split as psychological, increasing stock liquidity, withdraw of principal investor and speculative factors. Likewise, pros and cons pertaining to share split found to be price affordability, wider ownership base, fulfilling investors’ expectation, strengthening company’s image and rival competition. Among the cons included some investors perceive split share as cheap, cost of split, listing requirements and split shares being prone to unwanted investors. Moreover, the study recommended principal investors to think critically before deciding to withdraw their shares as would sometimes affect the general conduct of investing companies, while effectiveness of the Tanzania capital market was suggested as area for future study.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Degree of Master of Science –Accounting and Finance (MSC-A&F) of the Mzumbe University Show full item record
Capital Markets, Shareholder’s wealth, Share split, Shareholder