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tr.v. o·ver·cap·i·tal·ized, o·ver·cap·i·tal·iz·ing, o·ver·cap·i·tal·iz·es
1. To cause (a company) to have an excess amount of capital.
2. To estimate the value of (property) too highly.

o′ver·cap′i·tal·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˌəʊvəˈkæpɪtəˌlaɪzd) or


1. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (of an enterprise) provided for or issued capital in excess of profitable investment opportunities
2. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (of a company) having an estimated capital value at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level
3. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (of a property) overestimated in market value
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The industry is overcapitalized, but capital usage is more efficient than elsewhere and the sector contains an efficient number of insurers.
The insurance market remains overcapitalized as a result of a relatively light catastrophe season, and rates have fallen to the point where most accounts are unprofitable if moved for lower prices.
The bank said that it would redistribute capital to shareholders if deemed overcapitalized in the future, and also added that it is planning to start paying dividends as soon as possible.
Improperly designed and sized subsidies have propped up bloated and overcapitalized fisheries that have systematically removed too many fish from the seas.
Many industry observers, both inside and outside academia, believe that the electric utility industry in the United States is overcapitalized.
Likewise, many of their banks are overcapitalized with nowhere to go: after the Asian crisis and the Japanese asset bubble of the 1990's, companies have become conservative borrowers, while banks' opportunities to expand within the region remain limited by restrictions on foreign ownership of local banks.
Many shareholders have expressed the view that the Company is overcapitalized and can support significant debt levels.
Kruchten added, in the days of film, the industry was overcapitalized and had too much capacity, which resulted in industry-wide price pressure.
These include companies that are overcapitalized, have made bad strategic decisions, or have non-core, underutilized or extraneous assets.
As with other overcapitalized fisheries, command-and-control regulation in the surf clam fishery was progressively restrictive, ratcheting down the permitted fishing time as the season's allowable harvest was gathered in a shorter and shorter time.
He said, The industry isn't necessarily overcapitalized.