Merger and Acquisitions (M&A)

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Spirit Airlines Sticks To Frontier Deal - Ball Is In The Shareholders' Court Now
Spirit Airlines Sticks To Frontier Deal - Ball Is In The Shareholders' Court Now
May 19, 2022, 2:23 PM
Fastly Announces Acquisition of Glitch; Terms Not Disclosed
Fastly Announces Acquisition of Glitch; Terms Not Disclosed
May 19, 2022, 9:00 AM
How The Tables Have Turned: Could Elon Musk Be 'Forced' To Buy Twitter?
How The Tables Have Turned: Could Elon Musk Be 'Forced' To Buy Twitter?
May 19, 2022, 6:24 AM
Read Why Magnachip Shares Are Trading Higher Today
Read Why Magnachip Shares Are Trading Higher Today
May 18, 2022, 2:11 PM
Twitter Gives Its Version Of Events: Elon Musk Didn't Carry Out Due Diligence In Rush To Grab $44B Deal
Twitter Gives Its Version Of Events: Elon Musk Didn't Carry Out Due Diligence In Rush To Grab $44B Deal
May 18, 2022, 8:06 AM
Fiore Cannabis: M&A In Colorado, Non-Binding Term Sheet For Financing Up To C$30M With Institutional Fund
Fiore Cannabis: M&A In Colorado, Non-Binding Term Sheet For Financing Up To C$30M With Institutional Fund
May 17, 2022, 7:20 PM
Procaps Group To Acquire Grupo Somar (including Química Y Farmacia, Gelcaps And Related Entities) From Advent International; Potential Net Present Value Between 25%-40% Of Total Purchase Price
Procaps Group To Acquire Grupo Somar (including Química Y Farmacia, Gelcaps And Related Entities) From Advent International; Potential Net Present Value Between 25%-40% Of Total Purchase Price
May 17, 2022, 4:45 PM
zSpace To Go Public Through Combination With EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp. II; Combination Implies Pro Fora Enterprise Value Of $195M
zSpace To Go Public Through Combination With EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp. II; Combination Implies Pro Fora Enterprise Value Of $195M
May 17, 2022, 7:00 AM
SS&C Acquires MineralWare For $18M In Cash
SS&C Acquires MineralWare For $18M In Cash
May 16, 2022, 4:30 PM
Merger Arbitrage Mondays - Chicken Soup For The Soul Acquires Redbox At a Massive Discount
Merger Arbitrage Mondays - Chicken Soup For The Soul Acquires Redbox At a Massive Discount
May 16, 2022, 3:33 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.