DEFINITION of 'Narrow-Based Weighted Average'

An anti-dilution provision used to ensure that investors are not penalized when companies are undergoing additional financing or issuing new shares. A narrow-based weighted average takes into account only the total number of outstanding preferred shares for determining the new weighted average price for the old shares.

BREAKING DOWN 'Narrow-Based Weighted Average'

The new weighted average price is adjusted for the preferred shareholder, thus providing protection against dilution. The narrow-based method is the most favorable for investors, as it lowers the price of the preferred shares more than other methods.

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