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A keepwell agreement is a contract between a parent company and one of its subsidiaries which guarantees that the parent company will provide all necessary financing to the subsidiary for a pre-determined period of time. The idea behind a keepwell agreement is to make the subsidiary company appear more creditworthy in the eyes of banks and other lenders. Without a keepwell agreement a small subsidiary might have trouble securing additional financing. Since the keepwell agreement acts as a financial guarantee, obligating the parent company to provide consistent funding, banks and other financial institutions feel more confident making loans with a keepwell agreement in place. Likewise, due to the financial obligation placed on the parent company by a keepwell agreement, the subsidiary company may enjoy a better credit rating than would be possible without a signed keepwell agreement.

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