Jan 30, 2024 - Business

Walmart announces stock split to help workers buy shares

Walmart logo on a store.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Walmart on Tuesday announced a three-for-one stock split, as its shares are approaching the all-time high set in November.

Why it matters: The retailer says the move is being driven, in part, by its desire to let store workers (aka "associates") purchase company stock.

  • "Sam Walton believed it was important to keep our share price in a range where purchasing whole shares, rather than fractions, was accessible to all of our associates," explained Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon in a statement.
  • Walmart added that the split plan follows an "ongoing review of optimal trading and spread levels."

The bottom line: This would be Walmart's 12th stock split in its history, but its first since 1999.

Go deeper: Walmart adding store manager perk after hiking pay, bonuses

Go deeper