Contingent Value Rights (CVR)

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Definition of 'Contingent Value Rights (CVR)'

Contingent Value Rights (CVR) are financial instruments that give the holder the right to receive a payment if a certain event occurs. The event that triggers the payment is typically the sale of a company or the achievement of a certain milestone.

CVRs are often used in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. In an M&A transaction, the buyer typically pays the seller a fixed price for the company. However, the buyer may also agree to pay the seller additional money if certain conditions are met. These conditions are typically related to the performance of the company after the acquisition.

CVRs can be used to align the interests of the buyer and the seller. The seller is incentivized to make the company perform well after the acquisition, because if the company does well, the seller will receive a larger payment. The buyer is also incentivized to make the company perform well, because if the company does not perform well, the buyer will have to pay the seller more money.

CVRs can be a complex financial instrument, and it is important to understand the terms of the CVR before investing in it. The holder of a CVR should understand the event that triggers the payment, the amount of the payment, and the timeline for the payment.

CVRs can be a valuable tool for investors who want to participate in the upside of a company without taking on all of the risk. However, CVRs can also be risky, and investors should carefully consider the risks before investing in them.

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