Cash cow

A company that pays out all earnings per share to stockholders as dividends. Or, a company or division of a company that generates a steady and significant amount of free cash flow. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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cash cow ˈcash cow noun [countable]
1. FINANCE a very profitable business or part of a business:

• Mail order should be seen as a cash cow that will generate cash for further moves into information services.

• GM and Ford have used luxury cars as cash cows; giving those up could have a terrible impact on profitability.

2. MARKETING in the Growth/​Share Matrix, a product with high market share in a low-growth market

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   Something that generates a strong and steady flow of income, usually a product or a business.

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cash cow UK US noun [C]
FINANCE a business, product, or service that makes a large profit, often used to make money to support other business activities: »

Hong Kong Telecom has been a cash cow, thanks to a huge number of international calls.

MARKETING a product that has a large share of a market that is growing very little
Compare STAR(Cf. star)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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