Greenshoe option

Greenshoe option

 Option that allows the underwriter for a new issue to increase the size of the issue because of high demand for the shares.

Greenshoe Option

A provision in some underwriting contracts allowing the underwriter to sell more shares to investors than were originally agreed. In an underwriting agreement, the underwriter agrees with the issuer of a security to place a certain amount with investors. If demand for the security exceeds the underwriter's supply, the greenshoe option allows the underwriter to avoid a sudden jump in price by increasing supply. Normally, the greenshoe option allows the underwriter to increase supply up to 15%. It is important to note that not all underwriting contracts have greenshoe options, especially in situations in which the issue is for a limited project for which the issuer only needs a certain amount of capital. It is also called an overallotment option.
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'Meethaq Islamic Banking has received the CMA's approval to exercise a greenshoe option to increase the original offer size of Meethaq Sukuk Series 2 from OMR25m to OMR45.6m, which is the total amount of the subscription received', Bank Muscat said.
Summary: Emirates NBD, Dubai's largest lender, confirmed on Sunday that it has exercised the greenshoe option by selling 15 per cent of the IPO of Ne...
The CP issue received an overwhelming response from the investors and was oversubscribed by more than 80 percent of the issue size excluding greenshoe option.
The company's retained interest in Technogym of 1.5%, which is subject to a greenshoe option, will continue to be managed by Arle, along with the remaining interests of the Candover 2005 Fund.
The underwriters exercised a so-called greenshoe option to sell an additional 48 million American depositary shares, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the information is private.
Thus, the company still hopes to secure EUR1.3m in fresh funds, which may be increased to EUR1.495m in case the greenshoe option is exercised.
Specifically, HomeAway sold 5,931,335 shares for net proceeds of USD148.9m (EUR102.9m) and the selling stockholders sold 3,268,665 shares, including the greenshoe option for 1.2m shares, for net proceeds of USD82.1m.
Summary: The bookrunners of MHP (MHPC LI) majority shareholderEoACAOs sale exercised their greenshoe option for 1.4mn GDREoACAOs (1:1 ordinary-to-DR ratio) at US$ 16.5/GDR.
The firm opened the share sale on April 29 to raise USD80m with a greenshoe option to further raise USD30m.
The company has the greenshoe option to raise the issue volume by up to EUR 35 million.
The issue also includes a greenshoe option of 150 million francs (pounds 15.8 million) for the offering, which is being led by Credit Suisse First Boston, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, and Bank von Ernst, part of HVB Group.
The IPO includes 180,000 shares in the greenshoe option, which was exercised after the issue was oversubscribed.