Form S-4

DEFINITION of 'Form S-4'

A form that must be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the event of a merger or an acquisition between two companies. The form must also be submitted for exchange offers.

BREAKING DOWN 'Form S-4'

An exchange offer occurs when a company or a financial institution offers to exchange securities that it provides for similar securities at less demanding terms. This is often done in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.

Submissions of this form are closely watched by investors who attempt to make quick gains from M&A activity.


RELATED TERMS
  1. SEC Form S-4

    A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by ...
  2. SEC Form N-54C

    A form completed by an investment company and filed with the ...
  3. Form 4

    A document that must be filed with the Securities and Exchange ...
  4. SEC Form 2-E

    A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that ...
  5. SEC Form BD

    A form that is completed and submitted to the Securities and ...
  6. Exchange

    A marketplace in which securities, commodities, derivatives and ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    What's an Exchange?

    An exchange is an organized marketplace where securities and other financial instruments are traded.
  2. Markets

    SEC Filings: Forms You Need To Know

    The forms companies are required to file provide a clear view of their histories and progress.
  3. Managing Wealth

    How Does a Tax-Free Exchange Work?

    In regards to the sale of property, particularly in real estate, a 1031 exchange is increasingly being recognized for its tax benefits to investors of all levels.
  4. Investing

    The Merger - What To Do When Companies Converge

    Learn how to invest in companies before, during and after they join together.
  5. Investing

    What Investors Can Learn From M&A Payment Methods

    How a company pays in a merger or acquisition can reveal a lot about the buyer and seller. We tell you what to look for.
  6. Trading

    How Foreign Exchange Affects Mergers and Acquisitions Deals

    Learn how foreign exchange rates can impact the flows of international merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, and understand how deals can impact exchange rates.
  7. Personal Finance

    The Wonderful World Of Mergers

    While acquisitions can be hostile, these varied mergers are always friendly.
  8. Investing

    What Merger And Acquisition Firms Do

    The merger or acquisition process can be intimidating. This is why merger and acquisition firms step in to facilitate the process.
  9. Investing

    Popular Resources for Equity Research and Analysis: Chapter 2: The SEC Website

    Second to the company investor relations sites is the direct SEC website at www.sec.gov. Investors can learn quite a bit about the securities industry from the SEC. The forms page, which details ...
  10. Investing

    Explaining Foreign Exchange Risk

    Foreign exchange risk is the chance that an investment’s value will decrease due to changes in currency exchange rates.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How does a company switch from one stock exchange to another?

    A publicly traded company can, in fact, switch to a stock exchange that it believes will be favorable to its financing efforts. ... Read Answer >>
  2. What's the difference between a merger and an acquisition?

    Learn about the difference between mergers and acquisitions. Discover what factors may encourage a company to merge or acquire ... Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between a merger and an acquisition?

    Read about the legal and practical differences between a corporate merger and corporate acquisition, two terms often used ... Read Answer >>
  4. Why are the terms 'merger' and 'acquisition' always used together if they describe ...

    Learn about mergers and acquisitions and how these two corporate actions differ based on the size and participation of the ... Read Answer >>
  5. Why do some mergers and acqusitions fall through?

    Most merger and acquisition (M&A) activities are carried out successfully, but from time to time, you will hear that a deal ... Read Answer >>
  6. Are acquisitions only for large companies?

    Learn how mergers and acquisitions, despite what the media portrays, actually take place more often among small companies ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Quantitative Trading

    Trading strategies based on quantitative analysis which rely on mathematical computations and number crunching to identify ...
  2. Bond Ladder

    A portfolio of fixed-income securities in which each security has a significantly different maturity date. The purpose of ...
  3. Duration

    A measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. ...
  4. Dove

    An economic policy advisor who promotes monetary policies that involve the maintenance of low interest rates, believing that ...
  5. Cyclical Stock

    An equity security whose price is affected by ups and downs in the overall economy. Cyclical stocks typically relate to companies ...
  6. Front Running

    The unethical practice of a broker trading an equity based on information from the analyst department before his or her clients ...
Trading Center