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  • oldbankerdude oldbankerdude May 4, 2005 12:12 PM Flag

    Days are numbered

    Yes actually a shelf registration can be a precursor to an acquisition - or just about any other corporate activity. Since most corporation's like to have a registration on the shelf so they can have immediate access to cash if needed for some opportunity either in the near term or several years away it is probably not too meaningful to get excited about any particular shelf registration.

    Might point out also that most acquisitions today are made for a combination of stock and cash. An all stock transaction is no longer as popular as it was a few years ago since the change in accounting for purchase/pooling methods in a transaction. Furthermore, even in those cases where an acquisition is for all stock (or mostly stock) the acquiror frequently announces a stock repurchase program in conjunction with the acquisition in order to reduce some of the dilution that occurs with a stock transaction. This is particularly true for most bank acquisitions in the past several years - indeed BB&T has used this in some of their acquisitions.

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