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A list of Corporate Actions Events / Corporate Actions Types
Distribution of rights which provide existing shareholders the privilege to subscribe to additional shares at a discounted rate. This corporate action has similar features to a bonus and rights issue. ...bonus rights...
The company pays out a cash amount to distribute its profits to shareholders. ...cash dividend...
A lawsuit is being made against the company (usually by a large group of shareholders or by a representative person or organisation) that may result in a payment to the shareholders
The company announces that it securities will no longer be listed on a stock exchange and that they will be booked out. ...delisting...
One company de-merges itself into 2 or more companies. The shares of the old company are booked out and the shares of the new companies will be booked in according to a set ratio.
An event used by the company to notify its shareholders of any events that take place. This event type is used to communicate several types of information to the shareholders.
Initial Public Offering (IPO)
This is the first corporate actions event in the history of any company. The first time that a company gets listed on a stock exchange is regarded as an event in itself. Underwriters will try to get as many buyers for the newly listed shares for a price as high as possible. Any shares they can not sell, will be bought by the underwriters.
Liquidation proceedings consist of a distribution of cash and/or assets. Debt may be paid in order of priority based on preferred claims to assets specified by the security e.g. ordinary shares versus preferred shares.
Mandatory Exchange / Mandatory Conversion
Conversion of securities (generally convertible bonds or preferred shares) into a set number of other forms of securities (usually common shares).
Merger of 2 or more companies into one new company. The shares of the old companies are consequently exchanged into shares in the new company according to a set ratio.
Par Value Change
Similar to stock splits where the share nominal value is changed which normally results in a change in the number of shares held.
Scheme of Arrangement
Occurs when a parent company takes over its subsidiaries and distributes proceeds to its shareholders.
The UK version of an optional dividend. No stock dividends / coupons are issued but the shareholder can elect to receive either cash or new shares based on the ratio or by the net dividend divided by the re-investment price. The default is always cash.
Shareholders are awarded additional securities (shares, rights or warrants) free of payment. The nominal value of shares does not change
A stock split is a division of the company shares into ‘X’ number of new shares with a nominal value of ‘1/X’ of the original share. For example a ‘BMW’ 2 for 1 stock split, where a BMW share par value decreases to EUR 0.50 from EUR 1.00, whilst the number of share doubles. The total value of the outstanding shares remains the same. ...stock split...
Any event that does not fit any of the other descriptions.
The number of outstanding shares of the company gets reduced by an ‘X’ number while the nominal value of the shares increases by ‘X’. For example a ‘BMW' 1 for 2 reverse stock split, where the BMW shares’ nominal value increases from EUR 0.50 to EUR 1.00. The total value of the outstanding shares remains the same. ...reverse split...
Mandatory Events with Options
Cash Stock Option
Shareholders are offered the choice to receive the dividend in cash or in additional new shares of the company (at a discount to market). Reinvesting often carries a tax shield.
Merger with Elections
Merger of 2 or more companies into one new company. The shares of the old companies are consequently exchanged into shares in the new company according to a set ratio. Shareholders of both companies are offered choices regarding the securities they receive
Spin-off with elections
A distribution of subsidiary stock to the shareholders of the parent corporation without having cost to the shareholder of the parent issue whereby the shareholders are offered choices regarding the resultant stock.
Every publicly traded company has an annual general meeting where management presents several decisions that need shareholder approval. The approval is given by means of voting for or against each decision. Shareholders may attend the meeting in person or vote by proxy - electronically or by mail via their brokers and custodian. ...proxy voting...
Buy-back program (BIDS) / Repurchase Offer
Offer by the issuing company to existing shareholders to repurchase the company’s own shares or other securities convertible into shares. This results in a reduction in the number of outstanding shares
Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP)
Similar to cash stock option. In this case however, the company first pays the cash dividend after which shareholders are offered the possibility to reinvest the cash dividend in new shares.
A Dutch Auction Offer specifies a price range within which a fixed number of shares will ultimately be purchased. Shareholders are asked to submit instructions as to what price they are willing to sell. Once all instructions have been counted, the shares of the shareholders who voted to sell at the lowest prices will be bought untill either the fixed number of shares is reached or the upper limit of the price range is reached.
Odd lot Tender
In case shares are tradeable in so called board lots of for example 100 shares only and a shareholder has an amount of shares that is not a multiple of the board lot, then this additional quantity is called odd lot. An odd lot tender is an offer to shareholders with odd lots to sell the shares in the odd lot at a given price. So for example, if the board lot is 100 and a shareholder holds 150 shares, an odd lot tender will give the shareholder to dispose of 50 shares at a given price. The board lot of 100 will still be tradable as normal.
Rights to buy new shares are being auctioned - shareholders who submit the highest prices at which they are willing to buy new shares will get the new shares.
Rights are issued to entitled shareholders of the underlying stock. They allow the rights holder to subscribe to additional shares of either the same stock or another stock or convertible bond, at the predetermined rate/ratio and price (usually at a discount to the market rate). Rights are normally tradable and can be sold/bought in the market, exercised or lapsed. ...rights issue...
Offer to existing shareholders to subscribe to new stock or convertible bonds
Voluntary Exchange / Optional Conversion
Offer to exchange shares of security A into cash or into Security B
Conversion of convertible bonds
Convertible bonds are being converted in the underlying shares
Coupon Payment - interest payment
The issuer of the bond pays interst according to the terms and conditions of the bond, ie interest rate and intervals of payment.
The issuer of the bond repays the nominal prior to the maturity date of the bond, normally with accrued interest.
Lottery (also known as a drawing)
The issuer redeems selected holdings before the maturity date of the bond (early redemption).
The issuer of the bond repays part of the nominal prior to maturity, normally with accrued interest.
The issuer of the bond repays the nominal of the bond, normally with accrued interest.
An event in which the holder of the put options has the option to exercise the put option in order to sell the underlying security at a given price.
An event in which the holder of the warrants has the option to exercise the warrant in accordance with the terms and conditions of the warrant.
An event that notifies the holder of the warrant that the warrant is about to expire and the holder of the warrant is given the option to exercise the warrant.
Per share an amount of warrants is issued according to a specific ratio. The warrant can entitle to sell or buy the underlying security at a given price within a given timeframe.
Absorption of a new issue of stock into the parent security where the original shares did not fully rank pari passu with the parent shares. After the event, the assimilated shares rank pari passu with the parent. Also referred to as funging of shares. ...assimilation...
A company adopting a growth strategy, can use several means in order to seize control of other companies. ...Acquisition...
The company announces bankruptcy protection and the legal proceedings start in which it will be decided what pay-outs will be paid to stakeholders. ...bankruptcy...
Shareholders are awarded additional securities (shares, rights or warrants) free of payment.The nominal value of shares does not change. ...bonus issue...
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