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Recent M&A News

'AVROBIO (AVRO) exploring potential sale after Novartis interest' -Street Insider, Citing Sources
'AVROBIO (AVRO) exploring potential sale after Novartis interest' -Street Insider, Citing Sources
Feb 8, 2023, 12:44 PM
ECGI To Acquire East West Pharma Group
ECGI To Acquire East West Pharma Group
Feb 8, 2023, 10:33 AM
CVS Health Inks Final Deal To Acquire Oak Street Health, Forecasts 2025 EPS Outlook Of $10
CVS Health Inks Final Deal To Acquire Oak Street Health, Forecasts 2025 EPS Outlook Of $10
Feb 8, 2023, 8:40 AM
Atlas Global Brands Signs Definitive Agreement With A Cannabis Distributor And Two Cannabis Pharmacies In Israel
Atlas Global Brands Signs Definitive Agreement With A Cannabis Distributor And Two Cannabis Pharmacies In Israel
Feb 7, 2023, 9:18 AM
Barrick Gold Unlikely To Offer Rival Bid For Australia-Based Newcrest Mining Deal
Barrick Gold Unlikely To Offer Rival Bid For Australia-Based Newcrest Mining Deal
Feb 7, 2023, 8:30 AM
SNDL Enhances Its Cannabis Retail Operations Via Conclusion Of Superette Group's CCAA Proceedings
SNDL Enhances Its Cannabis Retail Operations Via Conclusion Of Superette Group's CCAA Proceedings
Feb 7, 2023, 8:03 AM
CVS Health Continues M&A Spree, As It Is Close To $10B Bet For Oak Street Health
CVS Health Continues M&A Spree, As It Is Close To $10B Bet For Oak Street Health
Feb 7, 2023, 5:15 AM
Challenging Operating & Financing Climate Alters M&A Consideration
Challenging Operating & Financing Climate Alters M&A Consideration
Feb 6, 2023, 1:31 PM
Wee-Cig International To Acquire Controlling Interest In The Jamaican Brew House
Wee-Cig International To Acquire Controlling Interest In The Jamaican Brew House
Feb 6, 2023, 9:44 AM
Why Newmont Stock Is Sliding Today
Why Newmont Stock Is Sliding Today
Feb 6, 2023, 8:42 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.