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Leverage Up

To increase a firm's amount of debt. In general, a firm leverages up by issuing a bond, often in order to finance an expansion of operations. A publicly-traded company may leverage up to repurchase its own stock, which usually increases the share price; this was a relatively common way to discourage hostile takeovers in the 1980s.

leverage up

To increase the portion of debt in a firm's capital structure by issuing debt and using the proceeds to repurchase stock or by financing any new expansion through debt. In the mid-1980s, firms decided to leverage up in an attempt to improve the market price of their stock, thereby fending off takeover attempts.
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He is focused on leveraging UPS networks, facilities, technology and expertise in regulatory compliance to enable healthcare customer growth.
The team determined that by establishing regional warehouses, which included leveraging UPS agents as local distribution partners as well as tapping South Africa-based partner Imperial Health Sciences, they could bring in much of the needed medicines to the regional distribution centers via ocean freight to be trucked to their end destinations across Africa instead of having to rely solely on air freight.
Leveraging UPS best practices for IT governance, ensuring IT management participation in business strategy development, and including the voice of the franchisee in the systems development process, have been woven together enabling the IT organization to be on the leading edge of business change while helping to innovate and cultivate the future of the enterprise.