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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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While Monarch remains open to engaging in further discussions toward a consensual agreement, Resolute's failure to communicate with Monarch over the last month with respect to our proposed steps suggests that it has embarked on an ill-advised scorched-earth policy that is not in the best interests of the Company's stockholders and reflects an entrenched Board.
Opposition Jaish Al-Islam (Army of Islam) said the opposition forces had to retreate in Eastern Ghouta after the regime troops used the scorched-earth policy.
The closest Nigerians have been exposed to a jihad are the ravages of Boko Haram and Fulani tribesmen; but a jihad, be it economicJihad or political jihad or social jihad or scorched-earth jihad must necessarily, by Islamic injunctions or brute fatwas, be directed against 'the people of the Book' otherwise known as the Jews and 'the ones who have gone 'astray'' otherwise known as the Christians.
Meanwhile, the UN has said the scorched-earth operation, which has left hundreds of villages burned to ash in northern Rakhine state, amounts to ethnic cleansing.
Over 600,000 of them have fled from Rakhine state across the border to Bangladesh since August, driven by a scorched-earth campaign of the Myanmar military against Rohingya insurgents.
Myanmar security forces responded with a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages that the UN and human rights groups have called disproportionate and a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
As her scorched-earth plan takes shape, Olivia holds no prisoners.
The immediate effect of Grayson's scorched-earth campaign is likely to jeopardize the Democrats' chances of winning control of the Senate in November.
THERE has to be a scorched-earth policy as far as the re-bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is concerned.
At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages 125 miles to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats of residents, looting and burning homes and abducting dozens of trapped women and children, according to Vandu Kainu and other escaping survivors.
After the Danish/Swedish war there were orders from the Swedish government to commit full-on genocide on the people of Scania--you know, scorched-earth tactics to make it difficult for the Danes.
Jubori pointed out that the struggle of wills which is ongoing between terrorist groups such as militias and Dsh would translates scorched-earth policy while the citizen pays dearly the price .