undercapitalized

adjective
un·​der·​cap·​i·​tal·​ized | \ˌən-dər-ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīzd, -ˈkap-tə-\

Definition of undercapitalized 

: having too little capital for efficient operation an undercapitalized business

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The central bank said stress tests showed the lender was undercapitalized. Max Colchester, WSJ, "The Battle for PrivatBank: Can Ukraine Bring Its Oligarchs to Heel?," 6 Apr. 2018 Big banks were undercapitalized prior to the panic and experienced losses on average equal to 6% of assets. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Bank Custody Fight," 7 Mar. 2018 Hispania went on a shopping spree, buying properties from undercapitalized small operators and debt from banks looking to unload assets. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Big Investors Look to Cash Out on Spanish Resort Operator," 1 Aug. 2017 Clearly, fast-casuals are not for the hidebound - or the undercapitalized. Tim Carman, charlotteobserver, "Fast casual nation: The movement that’s changing how we eat," 5 Sep. 2017 That bank, which had about $40 million in assets, was undercapitalized, facing regulatory restrictions and posting losses for five straight years, according to a 2012 story in ABA Banking Journal, an American Bankers Association publication. Becky Yerak, chicagotribune.com, "Report: Prosecutors demand records on Chicago bank's loans to Paul Manafort," 18 July 2017 In his suit, Lil Wayne claims that Cash Money has been debt-ridden and persistently undercapitalized, unable to pay him the $8 million advance on Tha Carter V and the huge profits that should be flowing in from the success of Young Money. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Lil Wayne Claims Universal Colluded With Cash Money in Amended Suit Seeking Label Liquidation," 5 July 2017 In its first chance in the NHL, Denver inherited the Kansas City Scouts — a two-season-old expansion franchise that had been undercapitalized and ineptly run before Jack Vickers bought it and moved it to Colorado. Terry Frei, The Denver Post, "Avalanche 2016-17 Season in Review: Colorado sinks to new low," 6 Apr. 2017 In American eyes, Europeans have long looked both undercapitalized and overly reliant on complex models that minimize requirements. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Making Banks Safer Waits for Another Day," 3 Jan. 2017

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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undercapitalized

adjective
un·​der·​cap·​i·​tal·​ized | \ˌən-dər-ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīzd \

Legal Definition of undercapitalized 

: having too little capital for efficient operation undercapitalized companies

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