Competitive Tension

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Definition: Competitive Tension


Competitive Tension


Full Definition of Competitive Tension


Competitive tension is the pressure felt by possible acquirers of a target firm when they are aware that one or more other parties are vying for the same target at the same time. In such a situation, each potential acquirer feels driven to offer the highest possible purchase price and/or most appealing deal terms; otherwise, one of the competitor purchasers may acquire the target company.

Competitive tension is a highly advantageous condition for the seller since it produces an environment that often results in higher deal valuations and enhanced transaction conditions, while decreasing transaction risk. Target firms, or their agents, will generally seek to maximise competitive tension, subject to other considerations such as confidentiality, through a well-managed and well-executed sale process that includes numerous competing acquirers, such as an auction.


Related Phrases


Sale Process
Target Company
Prospective Buyer List
Non-Disclosure Agreement


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Competitive Tension are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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