divestiture

divestiture
A complete asset or investment disposal such as outright sale or liquidation. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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divest di‧vest [daɪˈvest, d-] verb FINANCE
1. [transitive] if a group divests one of the companies that it owns, it gets rid of it by selling it:

• We fulfilled our commitment to shareholders to divest our downstream business by creating a new company.

2. [transitive] if a company divests assets, it sells them, for example because it needs cash for another activity or to repay debts:

• Where our competitive position is weak, we have continued to divest assets to help fund more profitable ventures elsewhere.

3. [intransitive] to reduce the number of your investments by selling some of them:

• performance reports which may signal that it is time to divest rather than invest

— divestment noun [countable, uncountable] :

• The string of divestments is part of the holding company's effort to lighten its debt load.

— divestiture noun [countable, uncountable] :

• The divestiture of AT&T in 1984 opened up the US telecommunications equipment market.

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divestiture UK US /daɪˈvestɪtʃər/ US  /dɪˈvestɪtʃər/ noun [C or U]
FINANCE the act of selling an asset, a business, or a part of a business: »

The planned reforms include the restructuring and divestiture of public enterprises.

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Our experience in corporate finance includes mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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