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What happens to your stock when that company gets sold? 

What happens to your stock when that company gets sold?
Dmitriy Fomichenko, Experienced investor since 2001 Answered 9 Jun 2016.
Companies often get sold or merged in the growth phase. When one company (or an investor) wants to buy another company, it proposes a deal to make an “acquisition” or buyout, usually by taking ownership of the company stock. Investors who hold shares of a company targeted for a buyout may have some options to consider.

Tender Offers

In order to take control of the company the company desiring to acquire another company will propose buying shares at a price that is higher than the market price. Doing so current stockholder will have the financial incentive to sell. This is known as tender offer.

Cash or Stock Mergers

For shareholders, mergers can occur two ways. In a cash exchange, the controlling company will buy the shares at the proposed price, and the shares will disappear from the owner’s portfolio, replaced with the corresponding amount of cash. Other times, companies will announce a stock-for-stock merger, in which holders of shares of the takeover company will have that stock replaced with shares of the new company. Often, the deal is structured as a combination of both methods, with shareholders receiving some cash and some stocks…

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