Voluntary Delisting From NASDAQ To Find Profits

How Do Delistings Work? Delistings occur when companies decide to delist their stock from stock exchanges in a move to privatize or move to the over-the-counter (OTC) markets. This process can happen through voluntary delistings or forced delistings.

  • Voluntary Delistings:
    • Occur when a company decides to purchase all its shares or move to an OTC market while complying with exchange requirements.
    • Investors should carefully watch these types of delistings.
  • Forced Delistings:
    • Occur when a company fails to meet the listing requirements mandated by the exchange.
    • Companies are usually notified 30 days before being delisted, and share prices may plunge as a result.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Voluntary Delisting Companies may choose to deregister for various reasons that can impact shareholders positively or negatively.

  • Advantages:
    • Capital Savings: Deregistering can save a company millions in costs and potentially increase net income and earnings per share.
    • Strategic Move: Companies may acquire their own shares to increase shareholder value in the short term.
    • Regulatory Concerns: Delisting can be driven by failure to meet listing requirements, but it may provide clear bottom-line incentives.

How to Profit from Delistings Investors can take advantage of delistings by focusing on companies that voluntarily delist to go private and cash out their shareholders. By identifying instances where small companies reduce their number of shareholders through reverse stock splits, investors can potentially earn significant returns.

  • Key Strategies:
    • Identify companies attempting to “cheat” the SEC by reducing their number of shareholders.
    • Look for opportunities where small shareholders can profit from cash compensation following reverse stock splits.

Finding Opportunities Investors can find delisting opportunities by reviewing publicly available filings with the SEC through the EDGAR database.

  • SEC Filings to Check:
    • 8-K Current Events: These filings announce delisting intentions, including initial stock split announcements.
    • Schedule 14A Proxy Statements: Proxy statements allow shareholders to vote on voluntary delistings.
    • S-1/F-1 Registration Statements: These filings provide details about new securities issued as a result of delisting.

The Bottom Line Delistings can offer profitable investment opportunities, but success depends on various factors. Investors who dedicate time and effort to researching delisting opportunities may discover high-performing assets in the short term.

Note: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 does not have a direct application to voluntary delistings. However, it is relevant in terms of increased disclosures and regulations that may impact companies’ decisions to delist.

Further Resources:

Websites and Online Resources:

  1. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – Official website of the SEC providing information on delistings and regulations: SEC Website
  2. NASDAQ Listing Center – Resource hub offering guidance and information on delistings from NASDAQ: NASDAQ Listing Center


  1. “Delisting and Voluntary Withdrawal of Listing: International Evidence” by Ahmet Can Kutlu and Raymond M. Leuthold – Explores the global landscape of delistings and provides insights into their implications: Book Link
  2. “Delisting: Causes, Consequences, and Implications” by Susanne Altendorfer-Kaiser – Examines the factors influencing delistings and their impact on companies and investors: Book Link

Academic Journals and Research Papers:

  1. “Voluntary Delisting and Its Determinants: Evidence from China” by Tianxiang Cao and Li Jiang – A scholarly study analyzing the factors driving voluntary delistings in the Chinese market: Research Paper Link
  2. “Delisting and Its Wealth Effects: Evidence from the London Stock Exchange” by Moh’d R. Alnsour, Natalia Isachenkova, and Tomasz Mickiewicz – A research paper investigating the wealth effects of delistings on firms listed on the London Stock Exchange: Research Paper Link

Reports and Studies:

  1. “Delisting and Going Private: An Overview” by NYU Stern School of Business – Provides an overview of delisting and going private transactions, exploring the motives and consequences: Report Link
  2. “Delisting and Its Impact on Stock Returns: Evidence from BSE” by Prachi Kaur Sahni and Ruchika Bhatia – A study examining the impact of delistings on stock returns in the Indian market: Study Link

Professional Organizations and Associations:

  1. National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) – An association dedicated to advancing the practice of investor relations, offering resources and insights on corporate actions like delistings: NIRI Website
  2. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) – A professional organization for CPAs, providing guidance and resources related to financial reporting and compliance, including delistings: AICPA Website

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