Recent Examples of holding company from the Web
As part of the deal sought by paint manufacturers, lawmakers carrying bills to hold companies accountable will no longer pursue the legislation.
The firm’s holding company, in the Cayman Islands, has contracts with operating entities in China.
The company, whose majority shareholder is Norwegian holding company Aker ASA, has laid off about 250 employees and contractors in recent months, reducing its workforce to 950.
The Fed, which oversees Wells Fargo's holding company, did not take any action until this year.
Fiat Chrysler and Juventus are both partially owned by Exor, the investment holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family.
Also in 1922, the Theodore Gary & Co. holding company took a controlling interest in Commerce Trust, the largest bank west of the Mississippi.
Corporate public-relations consultants in London, where Vedanta’s main holding company is based, have depressingly ample experience in helping commodities firms whose reputations risk being sullied by such police violence.
Spectra Technologies is part of National Defense Corp., Presto's Defense segment holding company.
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Financial Definition of HOLDING COMPANY
What It Is
A holding company owns controlling interest in another company or owns enough stock to control the company's management and operations. Different legal jurisdictions have different rules about what technically constitutes a holding company.
How It Works
Let's say Company ABC is raising capital and agrees to sell 55% of its shares to Company XYZ in return for $1 billion in cash and debt. Company XYZ and Company ABC remain separate entities and have separate management teams, but because Company XYZ owns 55% of Company ABC's shares, it can vote however it likes and essentially override the wishes of the rest of the shareholders. Accordingly, it has tremendous control over who is elected to the board and who the board employs to run the company, as well as whether and how the company raises more capital or changes operational direction.
Why It Matters
Holding companies often consist of a parent and several subsidiaries. In some cases, holding companies are attempting to monopolize a particular market. They do this via horizontal integration, whereby the holding company purchases a number of competitors, or via vertical integration, whereby the holding company purchases businesses in each stage of a product's lifecycle (that is, it buys suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of the product).
In most cases, each subsidiary of a holding company operates independently of the holding company's other businesses (although the managers of the subsidiaries work for the managers at the holding company).
One advantage of holding companies is that they are typically very diversified businesses (although some stick to one or two industries). This diversification and the efficiencies brought about by shared or reduced costs often make holding companies less risky businesses than those operating in a single market or niche.
However, holding companies face the real challenge of becoming so big that they are difficult to manage efficiently. They also often fail to realize the anticipated cost savings with each acquisition. This can lead to a lack of focus, which exacerbates the managerial problem and reduces shareholder returns. This in turn is why holding companies often "spin off" subsidiaries into stand-alone entities.
HOLDING COMPANY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of holding company for English Language Learners
business : a company whose main business is owning more than half of another company's stock
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