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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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.
Global Banking News-13 October 2009-Stifel Financial announces closing of underwriters' over-allotment option(C)2009 ENPublishing - http://www.
30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced that the underwriters of its recent common share offering have exercised their full over-allotment option to purchase an additional 8,512,500 common shares at $35.
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.
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").
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Nasdaq: HDSN) announced today that the over-allotment option of its recent initial public offering was fully exercised by the underwriters.
Nasdaq:OCLS) announced that the underwriters of the Company's recent initial public offering have exercised their over-allotment option granted by the Company to purchase 328,550 additional shares of common stock at the public offering price of $8.
0 million shares of Welcome Home common stock (and an additional 450,000 shares issuable upon exercise of an over-allotment option granted by Welcome Home to its underwriters) through Welcome Home's managing underwriters, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation and Alex.
NASDAQ: TWGP) today announced that the underwriters of its follow-on offering exercised 340,600 shares of Common Stock available under their over-allotment option after the Company's public offering on January 22, 2007.
DAYTON, Ohio -- Dayton Superior Corporation (NASDAQ:DSUP) announced today that the underwriters of its initial public offering have exercised 250,000 shares of the 1,177,500 shares available under the over-allotment option Dayton granted them in connection with the offering.
NASDAQ-NMS: ENCD) today announced the underwriters exercised the over-allotment option for 225,000 shares of Common Stock.