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War chest

Cash kept aside for a takeover or for defense against a takeover bid.

War Chest

Informal; money a corporation sets aside to pay for or defend against a hostile takeover. A war chest is highly liquid, and while it can cut into short-term profits, it may open up investment opportunities for the long-term. The term is commonly used in journalism.

war chest

Liquid assets accumulated by a firm to use in a potential acquisition or in defending itself against a takeover attempt. A substantial war chest adds security and enhances investment opportunities but is likely to be a drain on short-term profitability.
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5) Below we argue that war chests can deter entry through the interplay of first-mover advantages and other asymmetries that affect challengers' anticipated costs of mounting a campaign.
As such, funds held in their war chests will have a market-determined opportunity cost.
War chests, therefore, could have the effect of informing potential candidates about nonobservable attributes committing an incumbent to an all-out campaign.
Given the continuing pressure for electoral reform, some cautionary remarks concerning war chests are appropriate.
In the race for the two council seats, attorney Richard Loa has the largest war chest with $33,245.
The reforms replaced a system under which parties used their campaign war chests and undisclosed financial backers to stage conventions.
Campaign contribution statements are Milk-Bones for government watchdogs, since they let us know just who is lining candidates' war chests.
His campaign statement, released last week, shows a formidable war chest of $187,000.
Since then, both candidates have campaigned in part on the strength of their high-profile support and with big-budget war chests.
Young said the mayor's support, including a $2 million campaign war chest, was ``tremendously important'' for spotlighting the school district's problems for the first time since forced busing was a hot issue 20 years ago.
If that wasn't enough, the teacher's union that bitterly opposed hiring Flynn publicly supported Kurachi and challenger Michael Murphy, donating $3,500 to each of their war chests.
Rogan's fund-raising strategy has been compared to the tactics used by Dornan, who relied heavily on small donations from conservatives nationwide to build a large war chest.