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Breakup

A situation in which two or more divisions of a company split into two or more independent companies. A breakup can occur as the result of anti-trust action by a government or if the company simply believes the divisions will be more profitable separately. A breakup should not be confused with a break. See also: Spin-off.

breakup

The division of a company into separate parts. The most famous breakup to date was the 1984 division of AT&T (formerly, American Telephone & Telegraph Company). This breakup was intended to increase competition in the communications industry.
Case Study In early 1996, Dun & Bradstreet management announced the firm would be divided into three publicly traded companies. Dun & Bradstreet would survive as a smaller, leaner firm while A.C. Nielsen, the media-ratings company, and Cognizant, a marketing information firm, would become separate corporations. At the time of the announcement, all three firms were part of the same parent company. In announcing the breakup, Dun & Bradstreet's chief executive officer said the decision was driven by management's desire to improve shareholder value. That statement implied management believed the three companies would be more valuable as separately owned and managed enterprises than as components of a single company.
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But the exhibition has been moved to February to catch the latest batch of post-Christmas break-ups.
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Houran considered a set of variables to determine the leading cause of celebrity break-ups and found that three key factors prove most destructive to celebrity relationships.
In their circle of friends and relatives there are others who also have to accept changes, as it becomes evident that break-ups are not necessarily the worst option when forgetting the past and getting on with the future.
Other break-ups include Stefan Janoski who left Expedition, Javier Sarmiento who left Powell for The Firm, and Charlie Wilkins and Scott Pazelt who got the bootski from Maple.
A concert in a Glasgow club gave him his break but recently he has been more concerned with break-ups.
Cornerback Brian Kelly, who had a masterful performance that included two interceptions and four pass break-ups, defended Robinson and the rest of the coaching staff with the same authority he had his turf.
2005, The Spinoff Report (TSR) is the world's leading pre-event research specialist on Corporate Break-ups (Spinoffs).
A lot of people have break-ups, they go their separate ways and don't talk.
It's not going to be one of those break-ups where you never see them together again.