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Facing A Trial With Twitter, Elon Musk Offers Original $54.20/Share Buyout Price: Report
Facing A Trial With Twitter, Elon Musk Offers Original $54.20/Share Buyout Price: Report
Oct 4, 2022, 12:58 PM
Twitter Analyst Reacts To Elon Musk Dodging 'Game Of Thrones' Court Battle: 'Writing Was On The Wall'
Twitter Analyst Reacts To Elon Musk Dodging 'Game Of Thrones' Court Battle: 'Writing Was On The Wall'
Oct 4, 2022, 1:20 PM
Billionaire VC Chamath Palihapitiya Sells Clover Health Shares: Is He No Longer Bullish?
Billionaire VC Chamath Palihapitiya Sells Clover Health Shares: Is He No Longer Bullish?
Oct 4, 2022, 11:01 AM
Research Solutions Announces The Acquisition Of Customers From FIZ Karlsruhe; No Terms Disclosed
Research Solutions Announces The Acquisition Of Customers From FIZ Karlsruhe; No Terms Disclosed
Oct 4, 2022, 8:34 AM
Korea's Naver Buys Poshmark For Less Than Half Its IPO Price, But Market Is Questioning
Korea's Naver Buys Poshmark For Less Than Half Its IPO Price, But Market Is Questioning
Oct 4, 2022, 7:27 AM
Everi Holdings To Acquire Certain Assets Of Venuetize; Will Make Initial Payment Of $18M Less Any Deposit Previously Provided And Contingent Payments Of $2M-$6M
Everi Holdings To Acquire Certain Assets Of Venuetize; Will Make Initial Payment Of $18M Less Any Deposit Previously Provided And Contingent Payments Of $2M-$6M
Oct 4, 2022, 6:10 AM
Elon Musk's Case Against Twitter Deal Could Be Strengthened As 2nd Whistleblower To Testify: Report
Elon Musk's Case Against Twitter Deal Could Be Strengthened As 2nd Whistleblower To Testify: Report
Oct 4, 2022, 4:00 AM
AeroClean Technologies, Molekule To Combine In An All-Stock Merger Establishing An Industry-Leading Provider Of Premium, FDA-Cleared Air Purification Products And Solutions
AeroClean Technologies, Molekule To Combine In An All-Stock Merger Establishing An Industry-Leading Provider Of Premium, FDA-Cleared Air Purification Products And Solutions
Oct 3, 2022, 4:17 PM
BV Investment Partners Announces Sale of RafterOne To Interpublic Group of Companies; Terms Not Disclosed
BV Investment Partners Announces Sale of RafterOne To Interpublic Group of Companies; Terms Not Disclosed
Oct 3, 2022, 10:01 AM
Google Now Shuts Down Translate App In China, Moderna-China COVID-19 Sales Talk Collapse, Disney-Dish Temporary Accord Ends Weekend Blackout: Top Stories Monday, Oct. 03
Google Now Shuts Down Translate App In China, Moderna-China COVID-19 Sales Talk Collapse, Disney-Dish Temporary Accord Ends Weekend Blackout: Top Stories Monday, Oct. 03
Oct 3, 2022, 9:02 AM

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.