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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.

factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.

factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.

factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
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Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is also known as a major factor of liver regeneration and is now recognized as a potent hepatocyte mitogenic molecule (Michalopoulos 1990).
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and its c-Met receptor have also been found to have a role in the satellite cell activation.
Keith March's group on the effects of growth factors, in particular hepatocyte growth factor (HGF).
The researchers isolated NK4 in 1989 by taking apart a protein called hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), which normally attaches to a receptor molecule on the surface of cells.
The new mechanism was observed when researchers injected cells of a protein taken from a rat called hepatocyte growth factor, which previously has been shown to promote liver cells to regenerate and reproduce, they said.
Scientists already knew a substance called hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) caused liver cells to multiply.
The chemical, hepatocyte growth factor or HOF, is thought to be responsible for the development of blood vessels in the umbilical cord linking the mother to the baby in the womb.

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