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

Examples of delist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company was delisted from the Nasdaq stock exchange earlier this year after the stock traded below $1 a share for months, even after a reverse stock split. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "MoviePass to shut down Saturday after failing to raise capital," 13 Sep. 2019 Amid sagging financial and stock performance, Sanchez was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange in February. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Sanchez Energy takes another step towards bankruptcy," 15 July 2019 Part of what fueled AIM’s Wild West reputation were the mining and oil and gas companies that flocked to the market—only to delist a few years later. Washington Post, "Settling the Wild West: Companies Put Down Stakes on U.K.’s AIM," 17 May 2019 And on Friday, Bethesda gave those version's holders a rude awakening: the company completely delisted those Xbox 360 versions. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Classic Doom games vanish, reappear on Xbox One with features missing [Updated]," 26 July 2019 Since then, Nasdaq has delisted the company for having too few shareholders. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Blank-Check Boom Hits Snag as SEC Blocks NYSE Plan," 17 June 2019 The latest official count for North America, announced in 2007 when delisted, was 9,789 breeding pairs. Tom Stienstra,, "Bears, elk, sharks crown landmark wildlife surge," 17 Aug. 2019 If JCPenney can't comply, the exchange would delist its stock. Chris Isidore, CNN, "JCPenney could be kicked off the New York Stock Exchange because its stock is worth too little," 9 Aug. 2019 Others support delisting, such as Neil Anderson, wildlife program manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Is the gray wolf still endangered? Depends who you ask.," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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