Greenshoe option

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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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Global Banking News-November 6, 2017--Sachem Capital closes over-allotment option shares
M2 EQUITYBITES-August 23, 2016-Pattern Energy announces gross proceeds from equity offering of about USD270m, including over-allotment option
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-December 1, 2014-Lifco announces exercise of over-allotment option in connection with the listing of its shares
The Company has granted to the Underwriters an over-allotment option (the "Over-Allotment Option"), which entitles the Underwriters to purchase up to (i) an additional 1,372,995 Units (the Over-Allotment Units ) at the Issue Price, each Over-Allotment Unit being comprised of one common share and one-half of one additional common share purchase warrant (each whole common share purchase warrant, an Over-Allotment Warrant ), (ii) 686,497 Over-Allotment Warrants, at a price of $0.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-March 5, 2012--Matador IPO underwriters seize over-allotment option(C)2012 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.
Pan American Silver Corporation (TSX: PAA) (NASDAQ:PAAS), a Canada-based company that explores for silver in Latin American countries, has announced completion of exercise of an over-allotment option as a part of a finance offering.
announced that the underwriter of its initial public offering has exercised its over-allotment option to purchase 375,000 shares of Veri-Tek's common stock at the initial public offering price of $6.
NASDAQ: SOLR), announced that the underwriters for the recently announced secondary offering of GT Solar common stock have exercised in part their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 650,000 shares of GT Solar's common stock.
UN)(NYSE:BEP) disclosed on Thursday that its the underwriters have exercised in full their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 1,598,250 LP units at a price of CAD37.
This offering comprised 51,501,100 shares corresponding to approximately 69% of the total number of shares in the company, assuming the over-allotment option is exercised in full.
The Corporation has also granted the Agents an option (the "Over-Allotment Option"), exercisable no later than 30 days after the Closing Date, to purchase additional Units (the "Over-Allotment Units") at the Offering Price and/or additional Warrants (the "Over-Allotment Warrants" and together with the Over-Allotment Units, the "Additional Securities").
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-October 24, 2011--Brookfield underwriters use over-allotment for USD60m in extra proceeds(C)2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.