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1. Describing information that is or may be relevant for a firm's operations. For example, if a VCR company is experiencing a dearth of demand because most of its potential customers are buying DVD players, this is material information that will likely need to be disclosed to shareholders. See also: Immaterial.

2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.
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Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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"One of the key reasons behind higher materialisation rate of projects is partly due to the Expo 2020 factor, as most of the projects were planned to support the growth, which is expected from the Expo," Rahman of Danube Properties said.
A similar trend was witnessed in Abu Dhabi, JLL added, where the materialisation rate of projects under construction was low in 2015, with only 1,000 units delivered.
The Prime Minister ordered the holding, this week, of an inner cabinet meeting devoted to the establishment of a strategy for the materialisation of the measures taken concerning boosting employment, facilitating job creation procedures in the interior regions, upgrading the university graduates and their integration in the job market.
According to a Prime Ministry's press release, the Cabinet chaired by PM Habib Essid also discussed preparations for the visit of Saudi Foreign Minister Adel el Joubir, December 30 to Tunisia, to follow up the materialisation of the decisions made by the Saudi leaders to support Tunisia in various fields and step up Saudi investments in Tunisia.
TUNIS (TAP)-"Tunisia wants to carry on and energise co-operation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the coming years, through the materialisation of a new programme which will be part of the development plan for 2016-2020 period", announced Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) Chedly Ayari.
For his part, El Badr voiced readiness of the fund to study these two proposals, by means of organising meetings with the Tunisian side to examine means for their materialisation.
Jebali stressed, in a statement to the media, the two governments' will to hoist bilateral relations to the level of the two peoples' expectations, a will "that needs materialisation on the field," he added.
The talk, he said, provided the occasion to exchange views on means to implement the Tunisian-Qatari programmes and review Government's arrangements to make easier materialisation of the scheduled projects.