In the context of finance, the relationship of debt to equity in a borrower's capital structure. The higher the borrower's debt, the more highly leveraged a borrower is said to be. In practice, the term “leveraged” is used when the amount of debt at the borrower is very high given the financial condition of the borrower. The lenders in leveraged finance transactions are therefore considered to take more risk than normal, and consequently charge their borrowers a higher margin. As a result, borrowers will usually wish to use leveraged finance to achieve a specific objective (such as the acquisition of a company or business) likely to generate sufficient returns to compensate for the high margin. The details of what constitutes leveraged finance (for example, the margin) varies between lenders and the companies they lend to. It will also depend on the particular features of the transaction. Leveraged loans are often used in leveraged buyouts of other companies.

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