letter of comfort


letter of comfort
letter of comfort ˌletter of comˈfort noun letters of comfort PLURALFORM [countable]
FINANCE a letter from a company to a bank in support of a subsidiary of the company that is asking for a loan; = COMFORT LETTER:

• The bank may be content to be given a letter of comfort instead of a guarantee.

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letter of comfort UK US noun [C] (plural letters of comfort) (also comfort letter)
FINANCE a letter from a company that tells a bank that it supports a request for a loan made by one of its subsidiary companies (= one of the companies that it owns): »

The parent company withdrew its letter of comfort and the funding required to sustain the subsidiary.

ACCOUNTING a letter from an accountant about a company that is selling shares for the first time, that states that the information in the company's accounts is correct: »

The function of the letter of comfort is to reduce the underwriters' liability risk resulting from a misleading prospectus.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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