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Definition of bridge loan 

: a short-term loan used to finance an enterprise, investment, or government pending the receipt of other funds

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On June 14, the day after Comcast made its $65-billion offer, Disney asked five banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., BNP Paribas SA, HSBC Holdings and Royal Bank of Canada — to arrange a $35.7-billion bridge loan. Bloomberg,, "Fox says regulatory risk could delay or derail any Comcast bid," 26 June 2018 The lender is Trez Forman Capital Group , which provides commercial bridge loans to builders. David Lyons,, "Boynton Beach oceanfront townhome project obtains $16.5 million loan," 12 June 2018 To help fund the cash portion of the deal, Takeda secured a bridge loan facility of $31 billion with JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., and others., "Report reinterates allegations against Watertown safari company," 9 May 2018 Fractured condo sale Berkadia secured a $20.82 million bridge loan for ESG Kullen to purchase 145 units at Discovery Palms, a condo community at 12806 Madison Pointe Circle in Orlando’s Lake Buena Vista area. Mary Shanklin,, "More than 700 homes to be built on 200+ acres of land next to Lake Howell in Seminole County," 20 Aug. 2017 The European Union is opening an investigation to see if Italy was within its rights to give struggling airline Alitalia a $1.1 billion bridge loan last year. Fox News, "EU probes Italian bridge loan to struggling Alitalia airline," 23 Apr. 2018 Italy has pumped 900 million euros ($1.1 billion) into the airline through bridge loans during the past year to keep it afloat. Alessandra Migliaccio,, "EasyJet Is Said to Approach Alitalia With Air France, Cerberus," 10 Apr. 2018 Italy has pumped 900 million euros ($1.1 billion) into the airline through bridge loans during the past year to keep it afloat. Fortune, "EasyJet, Air France, and Cerberus Are Said to Approach Alitalia About a Possible Takeover," 10 Apr. 2018 The company was able to secure a $45 million bridge loan from its parent, which is owned by Cerberus, to give it enough cash to make it to the bankruptcy in the first place., "Gunmaker struggled to find lender for bankruptcy financing," 29 Mar. 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of bridge loan

What It Is

A bridge loan is a short-term, high-interest loan that provides a quick source of cash for commercial or individual needs.  It is called a bridge loan because it serves as a bridge between one period of funding and another, more permanent source of funding.

How It Works

To illustrate, suppose a company has been approved for a $1 million loan from a bank. However, this money will not be available for six months, and they are running short on cash. The company could apply for a six-month bridge loan of $50,000 to cover their expenses until the money from the $1 million loan comes through.

Why It Matters

Often, businesses and individuals find themselves in need of fast funding during an interim period while they work out access to larger amounts of funds. The bridge loan essentially "bridges" the gap between when money runs out and when more money will be received.

The cost of bridge loans is often much higher than more traditional financing methods, and they are only meant to be used in special circumstances. If a company must rely on short-term, high-interest financing to continue operations, chances are good that the company is not viable in the long run.

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English Language Learners Definition of bridge loan

: money that a bank lends you for a short period of time until you receive the money that you are getting from another source (such as from selling your house)

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Legal Definition of bridge loan 

see loan

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