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Related to self-tender: partial tender offer
A firm's offer to buy back its own stock for a price well above fair market value. A self-tender offer usually excludes a targeted number of shareholders; it is not intended to stop trade on its stock. Rather it is an attempt to prevent a real or suspected hostile takeover. If a firm becomes its own majority or plurality shareholder, it either makes a hostile takeover impossible or much more expensive for the company attempting to buy it out. See also: Antitakeover measure.
An offer by a firm to repurchase some of its own securities from stockholders, generally on a pro rata basis from those shares offered for sale. A self-tender may be preferable to purchase of the securities in the open market because a self-tender is quicker and will not disrupt public trading in the securities. Firms frequently repurchase their own stock from investors holding fewer than a set number of shares in order to eliminate the high cost of servicing small stockholders. A self-tender is similar to a buyback except that buybacks often refer to repurchases from special groups or a few large holders. Also called stock repurchase plan.