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Hot Take: Twitter Investors Should Buy The Dip Amid Whistleblower Allegations
Hot Take: Twitter Investors Should Buy The Dip Amid Whistleblower Allegations
Aug 24, 2022, 6:47 PM
Trump SPAC Merger Deal Includes Provisions For 'Material Disruptive Events' Like A Presidential Run And Prison Time
Trump SPAC Merger Deal Includes Provisions For 'Material Disruptive Events' Like A Presidential Run And Prison Time
Aug 24, 2022, 1:25 PM
Performance Shipping Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Seventh Vessel
Performance Shipping Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Seventh Vessel
Aug 24, 2022, 9:07 AM
Alcon May Struggle To Meet 2023 Margin Targets With This Latest Acquisition, Says This Analyst
Alcon May Struggle To Meet 2023 Margin Targets With This Latest Acquisition, Says This Analyst
Aug 23, 2022, 3:26 PM
What The Whistleblower Means For Elon Musk And Twitter: 'Gasoline Into The Fire'
What The Whistleblower Means For Elon Musk And Twitter: 'Gasoline Into The Fire'
Aug 23, 2022, 12:23 PM
Alcon Buys Aerie Pharma For $770M To Enhance Its Ophthalmic Pharma Portfolio
Alcon Buys Aerie Pharma For $770M To Enhance Its Ophthalmic Pharma Portfolio
Aug 23, 2022, 6:16 AM
Brigham Minerals Announces Core Midland Basin Acquisition For ~$132.5M
Brigham Minerals Announces Core Midland Basin Acquisition For ~$132.5M
Aug 22, 2022, 6:01 PM
What Does Jack Dorsey Know? Elon Musk Subpoenas Twitter Co-Founder Ahead Of Trial
What Does Jack Dorsey Know? Elon Musk Subpoenas Twitter Co-Founder Ahead Of Trial
Aug 22, 2022, 3:53 PM
Amazon, UnitedHealth Said To Be Pursuing Cathie Wood-Backed Healthcare Firm
Amazon, UnitedHealth Said To Be Pursuing Cathie Wood-Backed Healthcare Firm
Aug 22, 2022, 7:25 AM
Chamath Palihapitiya's SPAC Track Record Means Double-Digit Losses For You. Here Are The Details On All His Deals
Chamath Palihapitiya's SPAC Track Record Means Double-Digit Losses For You. Here Are The Details On All His Deals
Aug 18, 2022, 12:01 PM

Mergers and acquisitions are a large part of the business world, often impacting Wall Street. When companies merge or acquire, stock symbols change, valuations shift and investors must adjust their portfolios accordingly.

Types of Mergers & Acquisitions

Generally, businesses merge or complete an acquisition in a few basic ways.

Cash-for-Stock Acquisition

An acquisition involves a cash purchase of all that company’s stock, cashing out all its stockholders. In a situation such as this, the controlling company can either merge the 2 firms or operate the other business normally. In extreme cases, the controlling business may choose to sell off the pieces of an underperforming business, keeping the physical or intellectual properties it prefers to retain.

Stock-for-Stock Merger

If 2 companies merge, they combine assets, going “stock-for-stock,” either trading under 1 firm’s stock ticker or listing under a new ticker symbol. 

IPO via Special Purpose Acquisition Company

Finally, a business that plans to go public may choose to merge with what is known as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The new company is created to effect the merger, and a stock ticker symbol is assigned to the SPAC. For example, Lucid Motors merged with Churchill Capital Corp. IV (NYSE: CCIV) to effect a $4.4 billion IPO and list as (NYSE: LCID). 

Check out Benzinga’s mergers & acquisitions calendar to learn when these deals are set to close across the marketplace.