MoneyGram International Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know
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What: Shares of payment service provider MoneyGram International (NYS: MGI) are getting shortchanged today, down by as much as 11% after the company announced a reverse stock split and secondary offering.
So what: The company will be doing a 1-for-8 reverse stock split, reducing the number of outstanding shares from roughly 398.7 million to about 49.8 million. The secondary offering will include 11.25 million shares of common stock to be sold, with the underwriters having the option to purchase approximately 1.7 million additional shares.
Now what: Reverse splits tend to have negative connotations, as they're seen as an artificial way to prop up a stock's share price. As negative as those associations are, secondary offerings get an even worse rap, since they're typically dilutive and usually a sign that the company needs cash. In this offering, MoneyGram isn't receiving any proceeds from the offering, and isn't issuing dilutive stock. While today's announcements certainly aren't good news, it's not as bad as it seems.
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