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Scorched Earth Policy

An antitakeover measure in which a company sells many or all of its "good" or desirable assets and/or issues an extraordinary amount of debt. A scorched earth policy is designed to make the company less attractive to potential acquirers. The obvious disadvantage to a scorched earth policy is the possibility that, even if the company remains independent, it may have acquired so many liabilities that it may not be able to maintain its operations easily. See also: Poison pill, Suicide pill.

scorched earth

An antitakeover strategy in which the target firm disposes of those assets or divisions considered particularly desirable by the raider. Thus, by making itself less attractive, the target discourages the takeover attempt. Such a strategy is almost certain to penalize the shareholders of the target firm. Compare crown jewel.
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Syria Mubasher noted that the regime has been escalating attacks against civilians in areas controlled by revolutionaries in a scorched land strategy, supported by Russia.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is dealing with the center of Ramadi as a scorched land," Isawi said while justifying the Iraqi forces' delay in liberation of the city.
Sitting now quietly on the scorched land, on the occupied land, land irrigated with Palestinian blood -- too much blood -- Azzam fixes his eyes beyond that disgraceful fence.
Al-Hilu called upon rights groups and human rights activists to condemn the scorched land policy carried out by the government and expose regime's repressive policies against defenceless citizens.
As well as more than 180 feared dead, about 500 people have been injured and nearly 1,000 homes destroyed across 365,000 hectares (902,000 acres) of scorched land in Victoria.
This summer we find Jean Paul Gaultier's CLASSIQUE and LE MALE in a sun- scorched land, amidst the heat and bewitching rhythms of Africa.
Aerial archaeologists from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales were astounded to find the lost sites visible as cropmarks in scorched land, after temperatures soared to record levels this summer.
The BAER is specifically oriented to projects that are generally aimed to be effective before the first damaging storm of the winter, but some of the projects may carry over into the spring," said Deigh Bates, soil and water program manager for the Willamette National Forest and a leader of the team that assessed the scorched land.
But the opposition leader Yossi Sarid laid some of the blame on Sharon, saying: "You are leaving behind you a scorched land, a scorched country, and you are mainly leaving behind you scorched people.
If you have any doubts, check out the scorched land in Bouquet Canyon.
In the last few weeks, the mountainside has turned into scorched land with animals foraging for what little water is available in scattered ponds.
Most of the scorched land is in Angeles National Forest, Jordan said.