Definition of demutualize in English:

demutualize

(also demutualise)

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a mutual organization such as a building society) change from being owned by its members to a different kind of ownership:

    ‘both companies could demutualize over the next few years’
    • ‘You don't have to demutualize when you have a strong capital base.’
    • ‘Now it might sound a wee bit cynical to suggest the board waited until it had the mandate to demutualise before it told members they wouldn't be getting quite as much as expected.’
    • ‘Crombie was said to be concerned that Hogan's comments would turn into a political issue at a sensitive time for the company which is seeking members' approval to demutualise and float on the stock exchange next year.’
    • ‘Looking at other mutual insurers that have demutualised in the past, endowment and pension payouts have fallen faster for the quoted companies than for mutual insurers.’
    • ‘Any building society that demutualises goes through a huge change.’
    • ‘Two hundred member signatures are needed to force a vote on demutualising the society.’
    • ‘However, in modern times many of these old cooperatives have demutualized and converted into stock companies to pursue higher profits.’
    • ‘Abbey - as the bank is now known - was the first building society to demutualise in 1989, giving away shares to customers valued at the time at 130p.’
    • ‘Beyond these two, there are still a number of smaller mutual building societies, but it is unlikely they will demutualise.’
    • ‘He said the 5-year claiming period since the company demutualised might possibly be extended for another two years.’
    • ‘In addition, however, your insurance company has announced its intention to demutualise and so you may also benefit from a windfall payment.’
    • ‘There are disturbing parallels here with the insurance mutuals, building societies and friendly societies that have already demutualised or are actively contemplating demutualisation.’
    • ‘Europe's largest mutual is expected to demutualise, triggering a modest windfall for policyholders, in a move that already has the industry's largest global life players keeping an eye on developments.’
    • ‘Building societies - the traditional providers of home loans - demutualised and were rapidly bought up by the high street banks.’
    • ‘Faced with the pressure from its members to demutualise, the corporate strategy is often to reaffirm the commitment to remain a mutual for as long as that format is in the best interests of policyholders.’
    • ‘New legislation is expected later this year that would allow the company demutualise and so end its takeover protection status.’
    • ‘New legislation that will allow the company to demutualise (change its status from a mutual society that is owned by its members) is expected to be passed by year-end.’
    • ‘The size of any windfall is crucial to borrowers who are deciding which way to vote because they will have to pay higher mortgage bills if the lender demutualises.’
    • ‘This building society demutualised in 1997 and now holds more than 3% of the UK's outstanding mortgage stock.’
    • ‘The company will update its members on whether or not it plans to demutualise at an annual general meeting in April.’

Pronunciation:

demutualize

/diːˈmjuːtʃʊ(ə)lʌɪz/