Merger and Acquisitions (M&A)

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Redbox Entertainment Acquires North American Rights To WWII Action-Drama Come Out Fighting; Terms Not Disclosed
Redbox Entertainment Acquires North American Rights To WWII Action-Drama Come Out Fighting; Terms Not Disclosed
May 24, 2022, 4:03 PM
Parker Divests Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division To Kaman
Parker Divests Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division To Kaman
May 23, 2022, 11:55 AM
Could Apple, Amazon Or Disney Acquire A Gaming Company? Why Electronic Arts Stock Is Rising
Could Apple, Amazon Or Disney Acquire A Gaming Company? Why Electronic Arts Stock Is Rising
May 23, 2022, 10:47 AM
Irwin Naturals Completes Acquisition Of Ketamine Health Centers
Irwin Naturals Completes Acquisition Of Ketamine Health Centers
May 20, 2022, 6:32 PM
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
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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

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.