Recent Examples of acquirer from the Web
Trump's verdict bookends Tan's unlikely path from White House favorite to acquirer-non-grata in just four months.
Other possible acquirers could include Cisco or a telecom giant like Verizon.
Mergers and acquisitions announced by U.S. acquirers so far in 2018 are running at the highest dollar volume since the first two months of 2000, according to Dealogic.
That meteoric rise included a sharp jump in the first week of January, prompting speculation that a potential acquirer could be buying shares.
Wochit Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles surged more than 20% this week on heavy trading volume, raising the possibility that a potential acquirer is buying shares.
The company has also been in talks with possible acquirers, such as IBM, VMware, and Microsoft, The Information reported at the beginning of the year.
Anbang is among a crop of Chinese serial acquirers that spent tens of billions of dollars snapping up trophy assets over the past few years, only to lurch into turmoil once their strategies backfired.
Meanwhile, the sale of Mashable for significantly less than its last valuation has signaled to many in the media industry that the appetite for digital publishers from investors and potential acquirers has diminished.
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Financial Definition of ACQUIRER
What It Is
An acquirer is a person or company that purchases all or a portion of an asset or company.
How It Works
Company XYZ wants to acquire Company ABC. Company XYZ might just start buying ABC shares on the open market, but once Company XYZ acquires 5% of ABC, it must formally (and publicly) declare how many shares it owns to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Company XYZ must also state whether it intends to buy ABC or just hold its existing shares as an investment. In either case, Company XYZ is an acquirer. The term is mostly used in the context of purchasing a majority of another company, however.
Why It Matters
Acquirers acquire other companies because they think they can create a bigger, more competitive, more cost-efficient entity. This synergy -- that is, the idea that the two companies together are more valuable to the shareholders than they are apart -- is elusive, but it is what justifies most acquisitions. After all, acquirers always have the much harder option of trying to "grow their own" by starting their own competitive ventures instead of buying someone else's. Targets sell their companies to acquirers because at the end of the day, the price is right. And on both sides, a well-executed acquisition can be the crowning jewel of a CEO's career.
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