Blue-chip company

Large and creditworthy company.

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PLC (Public Limited Company)
Under UK law there must be a minimum of seven shareholders in a PLC. There is no maximum number of shareholders allowed. Shares in PLCs can be bought or sold on the Stock Market by the general public. By implication, most big companies choose this route to growth as it provides access to large amounts of capital that can be used for investment, expansion and acquisition. Although technically owned by the shareholders, its management determines the affairs of the company. The US equivalents are I ...

Shell Company
This term refers to a company that is listed on the Stock Market but not actively trading. Shell companies can be an attractive proposition for a non-listed company that wishes to gain a listing on the Stock Market through acquisition. Shares in Shell companies are often valued lowly.

Cost company arrangement
Arrangement whereby the shareholders of a project receive output free of charge but agree to pay all operating and financing charges of the project.

International Business Company (IBC)
An IBC is a corporation formed (incorporated) under a Company Act of a tax haven, but not authorized to do business within that country of incorporation; intended to be used for global operations. Owned by member(s)/shareholder(s). Has the usual corporate attributes.

Limited Company
A domestic business company with limited liabilities.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Consists of member owners and a manager, at a minimum. Similar to a corporation that is taxed as a partnership or as an S-corporation. More specifically, it combines the more favorable characteristics of a corporation and a partnership. The LLC structure permits the complete pass-through of tax advantages and operational flexibility found in a partnership, operating in a corporate-style structure, with limited liability as provided by the state's laws.

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A lease arrangement under which the lessor borrows a large proportion of the funds needed to purchase the asset and grants the lender a lien on the assets and a pledge of the lease payments to secure the borrowing.

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