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Saturday Night Special

What is 'Saturday Night Special'

An obsolete takeover strategy where one company attempted a takeover of another company by making a sudden public tender offer, usually over the weekend. This merger and acquisition (M&A) technique was popular in the early 1970s when the Williams Act required only seven calendar days between the time that a tender was publicly announced and its deadline. Catching the target company off guard and over the weekend, effectively reducing its time for a response, often afforded the acquiring company an advantage.

Explaining 'Saturday Night Special'

A tender offer is basically an attempt to takeover control of a company by asking shareholders to sell their shares at a specified price (usually above market). If enough shareholders sell their shares, the takeover is complete. The Saturday Night Special was effective when the Williams Act required a minimum of seven days between the public announcement of the tender and its deadline. When the time period was extended to 20 days, this technique failed to be the quick strike it was originally intended to be. In addition, acquisitions of 5% or more of equity now need to be disclosed to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).


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Q&A About Saturday Night Special


How long does it take for a tender offer to be completed?

It takes seven days for a tender offer to be completed.

What was the Saturday Night Special?

The Saturday Night Special was an obsolete takeover strategy where one company attempted a takeover of another company by making a sudden public tender offer, usually over the weekend.

Why did this technique fail after being effective in the past?

This technique failed because when the time period was extended from seven days to two days, it became ineffective as quick strike. Also, acquisitions of 5 or more equity now need to be disclosed to Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

What is the purpose of a tender offer?

A tender offer is an attempt to takeover control of a company by asking shareholders to sell their shares at a specified price.

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