un·​der·​cap·​i·​tal·​ized | \ ˌən-dər-ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce undercapitalized (audio) , -ˈkap-tə- \

Definition of undercapitalized

: having too little capital for efficient operation an undercapitalized business

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Recent Examples on the Web Being undercapitalized from the get-go makes long-term success difficult. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 7 June 2021 The financial crisis emanated from a fragile, undercapitalized banking sector: The obvious postcrisis response was to lend much more conservatively. Mike Bird, WSJ, 7 May 2021 But unlike mainstream lenders, Black banks are chronically and acutely undercapitalized. CNN, 10 May 2021 Sun Country for many years was undercapitalized, often struggling to eke out a profit or find its competitive footing. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Financial regulators often use such orders to compel reforms at undercapitalized or incompliant banks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 Hollywood’s technological shift from silent to sound coincided with the Great Depression and left most Black film companies undercapitalized and unable to bear the cost of expensive new sound equipment and camera gear. Artel Great, The New Republic, 11 Sep. 2020 Our strategic aim in partnership with BCE has been to aggressively consolidate and maximize underdeveloped, undercapitalized or otherwise distressed areas in the Mid-Continent. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2020 Its accounts would have fully consolidated the acquisition and made a deduction for the minorities, leaving the acquirer undercapitalized. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 5 June 2019

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Undercapitalized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercapitalized. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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un·​der·​cap·​i·​tal·​ized | \ ˌən-dər-ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīzd How to pronounce undercapitalized (audio) \

Legal Definition of undercapitalized

: having too little capital for efficient operation undercapitalized companies


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