holding company noun
business : a company whose main business is owning more than half of another company's stock
: a company whose primary business is holding a controlling interest in the securities of other companies — compare investment company
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holding company noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Corporation that owns enough voting stock in one or more other companies to exercise control over them. A holding company provides a means of concentrating control of several companies with a minimum of investment; other means of gaining control, such as mergers or consolidations, are more complicated legally and more expensive. A holding company can reap the benefits of a subsidiary's goodwill and reputation while limiting its liability to the proportion of the subsidiary's stock that it owns. The parent company in a conglomerate corporation is usually a holding company.
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