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A bond that allows bondholders to redeem before maturity at a high price should certain, named events take place. These events commonly include restructuring, a leveraged buyout, an attempted hostile takeover, or paying dividends in excess of a certain amount or percentage. Poison-put bonds can act as an anti-takeover measure; they help management discourage takeovers by raising their expense. On the other hand, when the company is going through a difficult time, poison-put bonds can limit management's restructuring options for the same reason.
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