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Cash cow  

Definition 1.

A company that pays out most of its earnings per share tostockholders as dividends. Or, a company or division of a company that generates a steady and significant amount of free cash flow.
 

Definition 2.

One of the four categories (quadrants) in the BCG growth-share matrix that represents the division within a company that has a large market share within a mature industry.
 

Definition 3.

A business or product which generates a steady, dependable flow of cash. Typically, such business units often have large shares of markets which offer little opportunity for growth and little incentive for continued investment in marketing or product development.
 
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