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6 May, 2015 - 17:10

When one company purchases all the properties of another company, and as a result the latter ceases to exist; a merger has taken place. The acquiring company takes over all assets and all liabilities. The acquiring company can make payment in the form of cash, assets, debt obligations, or capital stock. Mergers can produce legal, accounting, managerial, and financial problems. The most difficult task is deciding upon the correct value of the assets of the company being taken over. Besides the value of assets, the market price of both companies securities and their future earnings prospects must be taken into consideration.