de·​list | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈlist How to pronounce delist (audio) \
delisted; delisting; delists

Definition of delist

transitive verb

: to remove from a list especially : to remove (a security) from the list of securities that may be dealt in on a particular exchange

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Beyond the Golden State, in places such as Wyoming and Idaho, wolves have already been federally delisted; state agencies are allowing more trapping and hunting of wolves. Ingfei Chen, The New Yorker, "The Persuasive Power of the Wolf Lady," 29 May 2019 If delisted, Wisconsin and other states would be allowed to manage wolves under their state plans. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin was home to at least 914 wolves last winter. How does that compare, and what's the significance?," 23 May 2019 By contrast, a company called LiNiu Technology , which filed a press release with identical language to Longfin’s on the same date, was halted for a mere 10 days and began trading over the counter immediately after being delisted from Nasdaq. Eric Winig, WSJ, "How the SEC Stops Short Sellers From Keeping Markets Honest," 1 July 2018 An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the company would have been delisted in London. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Unilever Drops Plan to Leave London Amid Shareholder Revolt," 5 Oct. 2018 While the falcon was delisted by the federal government nearly 20 years ago, many states still protect it. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "We're Overprotecting Birds at the Expense of Climbers," 12 July 2018 MiMedx, which was delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market last month, is currently under investigation by the Justice Department, the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "MiMedx to Shed Jobs as Part of Overhaul," 6 Dec. 2018 That openly racist policy doesn’t trigger Airbnb’s delisting policy. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Airbnb’s Anti-Israel Hypocrisy," 25 Nov. 2018 If the federal judge rules that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted too quickly in delisting the bears last year, both states would have to suspend their hunting seasons. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Grizzly bear hunt has trophy hunters, conservationists awaiting federal judge's ruling," 28 Aug. 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of delist

What It Is

Delisting refers to the removal of a security from active trading. It generally occurs when a company goes private, is bought out, declares bankruptcy or fails to meet listing requirements.

How It Works

Voluntary delisting might occur if a company is acquired or goes private. Involuntary delisting occurs when a company fails to meet the listing requirements as determined by the exchanges it trades. Listing requirements can be very complex and different types of issuers and securities may have different rules, but generally the guidelines include filing financial statements in a timely manner, a share price above a certain price, a minimum number of shareholders, a minimum market capitalization, or certain revenue, profit, cash flow and trading activity requirements.

To understand how the delisting process generally works, let's consider the stock of Company XYZ. The NASDAQ delists companies that have closing bid prices below $1.00 for 30 consecutive days or more. So if Company XYZ stock closes below $1.00 on the 31st day, the NASDAQ sends a noncompliance letter to Company XYZ informing it that its stock has to start closing above $1.00 in the next 180 days (issuers that fall out of compliance with an exchange's listing requirements are usually not delisted immediately; they are given time to resolve the situation). The exchange will then add Company XYZ to its list of noncompliant issuers.

If, after 180 days, Company XYZ stock is still trading below $1.00, NASDAQ will delist the issue. Usually an issuer has the right to appeal a delisting. This acts as a stay against the delisting in many cases. But if the issuer loses the appeal, the security is delisted. The exchange suspends trading in that security and notifies the issuer and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in writing and releases a press release.

Why It Matters

Although not all companies are delisted for negative reasons, delisting prevents exchanges from being filled with shoddy securities from issuers that may be on their last leg. By ensuring that all issuers maintain high administrative standards, exchanges are helping to reduce the systematic risk associated with the market and protect investors.

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English Language Learners Definition of delist

formal : to remove (something) from a list
de·​list | \ dē-ˈlist How to pronounce delist (audio) \

Legal Definition of delist

: to remove from a list especially : to remove (a security) from the list of securities that may be traded on a particular exchange

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