# How can a company reduce my number of shares?

I purchased 1000 shares of ACB stock a little over a year ago. I have now learned I have only 83 shares of stock. How can the company take away over 900 shares of my stock?

• You should see a cash payment for the 1/3 of a share that was leftover after the 12:1 reverse split. – Hart CO Dec 2 '20 at 15:00
• Addressing your other question: The reduction in value is due to the steady decline of ACB share price over time, that's what prompted the reverse split in the first place. At the point in time when the reverse split occurred there was no net impact, but leading up to the reverse split ACB had declined in price greatly. Look at a chart and you'll see that at the point in time you purchased shares the chart now shows 12x the price you paid as it has been adjusted for the reverse split. – Hart CO Dec 2 '20 at 15:54
• @JBGreen it's actually 1/3 of a post-split share. – Hart CO Dec 2 '20 at 19:40
• @hartco Oops. Of course it is. Make that \$3.52, then. – JBGreen Dec 2 '20 at 20:27
• Important to note: While a reverse split reduces your number of shares, it doesn't reduce your share of the company (the percentage). – jpaugh Dec 3 '20 at 18:18

Sometimes companies need to reduce the total number of outstanding shares. To do that, they do a reverse split. For example, after a 10:1 reverse split, your 1000 shares would become 100. That sounds like something went away, but if that's what happened, everyone has 1/10 as many shares as they had before the split. The result is a wash: you have 1/10 as many shares, but they're worth 10 times as much.

EDIT: as D Stanley points out in a (now deleted) comment, this is exactly what happened: your company did a 12:1 reverse split, so your 1000 shares became 83 shares, with a bit left over, which ordinarily would have been paid to your account in cash.

• from your follow-up question that is flagged for deletion: "the value of my stock is only \$883.00 because I now have only 83 shares of stock" if your stock was worth \$10.63 per share after the split (883/83), then is was worth 0.8865 (10.63/12) before the split. A split does not directly affect your overall value. – D Stanley Dec 2 '20 at 15:58
• Adding to D Stanley's comment, the reason for your loss is that share price has declined from your purchase price of \$6.62 per share to approximately 88 cents per share. That's the reason for your loss not the reverse split. – Bob Baerker Dec 2 '20 at 16:15
• Important to note that a price of 88 cents per share represents a major problem for a company, as they would be delisted from major exchanges. – Ben Voigt Dec 2 '20 at 17:04
• Important to note that a price of 88 cents per share represents a major problem for a company, as they would be delisted from major exchanges - hence the need for the reverse split – Bob Baerker Dec 3 '20 at 11:01

On April 13, 2020, Aurora Cannabis announced its intention to consolidate its shares on a 12 to 1 basis. Share consolidations are also known as reverse stock splits or reverse splits. Aurora Cannabis Provides Update on Initiatives to Strengthen Liquidity, Business Transformation Plan and COVID-19 Operational Response:

Aurora today announced that its Board of Directors has approved, subject to required regulatory and stock exchange approvals, a plan to consolidate all of its outstanding Common Shares on the basis of 1 Common Share for every 12 Common Shares currently outstanding (the "Consolidation"), with such Consolidation to be effective on or about May 11, 2020. [...]

On May 9, 2020, Aurora published another press release confirming the share consolidation. Aurora Cannabis Confirms Share Consolidation Effective Date:

EDMONTON, May 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the "Company" or "Aurora") (NYSE | TSX: ACB), the Canadian company defining the future of cannabis worldwide, confirms today that it has received all necessary approvals for its previously announced consolidation of the common shares (the "Common Shares") of the Company on a 12 to 1 basis (the "Consolidation") and confirms that the Consolidation will be effective on May 11, 2020 (the "Effective Date"). [...]

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I purchased 1000 shares of ACB stock a little over a year ago. I have now learned I have only 83 shares of stock. How can the company take away over 900 shares of my stock?

You now have 83 shares as a result of having every 12 shares consolidated into one share (1000 / 12 = 83 13). The remaining 13 shares were converted into cash during the share consolidation.