Define: Undercapitalisation

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Definition: Undercapitalisation

Quick Summary of Undercapitalisation

Under-capitalisation refers to any situation where a business cannot acquire the funds they need.

What is the dictionary definition of Undercapitalisation?

Dictionary Definition

The state of a company that doesn’t have sufficient capital or reserves appropriate for the size of it’s operations.

For example: this may be due to the company growing too quickly.

Although such a company may be generating profits it may also be unable to convert these profits, both sufficiently and swiftly into cash in order to pay it’s debts.


Examples of Undercapitalisation in a sentence

Undercapitalisation remains the primary reason for business failure within the U.S. today; this is closely followed by insufficient business knowledge and market awareness.

Synonyms For Undercapitalisation

thin capitalisation, undercapitalization, thin capitalization, capitalisation, thin capitalisation rules

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Undercapitalisation are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

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

This glossary post was last updated: 6th January, 2020