Fair price provision

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Fair price provision

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Fair Price Provision

A provision in the bylaws of some publicly-traded companies stating that a company seeking to acquire it must pay a fair price to targeted shareholders. The formula for determining a fair price may be indicated in the bylaws; it is often a calculation based on historic prices. Additionally, the fair price provision mandates that the acquiring company must pay all shareholders the same amount per share in multi-tiered shares. The fair price provision exists both to protect shareholders and to discourage hostile acquisitions by making them more expensive. See also: Antitakeover measure.
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