BGC Partners, Inc. BGCP entered a corporate conversion agreement to reorganize and simplify its organizational structure through a series of proposed corporate conversion transactions. Also, it will change its name from BGC Partners, Inc. to BGC Group, Inc. The Nasdaq Global Select Market ticker symbol for the company will be changed to BGC.
Following the completion of certain conversion steps and related transactions, stockholders and employees of the company, and the former limited partners of BGC Holdings, L.P. will participate in the economics of the BGC businesses through the ownership of Class A common stock, Class B common stock, and incentive equity instruments in a single publicly traded corporation.
The agreement has been approved by the board of directors of the company at the recommendation of the independent audit committee and the independent compensation committee of the board.
Howard W. Lutnick, the chairman and chief executive officer of BGC Partners, said, “With the execution of these agreements the Company will move rapidly with its conversion to a simpler, more transparent corporate structure. We believe increasing simplicity, while reducing operational complexity, will deliver tremendous value to BGC. We are excited to announce the Company's name change from BGC Partners to BGC Group and our new simpler ticker symbol "BGC" at closing.”
Notably, the corporate conversion agreement contains certain termination rights, including the right of the parties to terminate the agreement if the corporate conversion transactions have not been consummated on or prior to May 15, 2023, and in the event of certain tax events.
Over the past year, shares of BGCP have lost 14.5% compared with a decline of 7.5% of the industry.
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Currently, BGCP carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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