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Definition of

asset stripping

Mergers & Acquisitions

practice of selling acquired firm's assets piecemeal the purchase of a company whose market value is below its asset value, usually so that the buyer can sell the assets for immediate gain. The buyer usually has little or no concern for the purchased company's employees or other stakeholders, so the practice is generally frowned upon.

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Definitions of ’asset stripping’ and meaning of ’asset stripping’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’asset stripping’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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