oversubscription privilege

Oversubscription privilege

In a rights issue, arrangement by which shareholders are given the right to apply for any shares that are not taken up.
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Oversubscription Privilege

In a new issue of a stock, the right of current shareholders to receive or purchase the rights or warrants to the new issue at a discount. This allows existing shareholders to maintain their current percentage of ownership in the company. The rights or warrants that are distributed are the rights some shareholders did not want to receive. Thus, these remaining rights or warrants are distributed among existing shareholders on a prorated basis. See also: Anti-dilution provision.
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oversubscription privilege

The opportunity to purchase, on a pro rata basis, any remaining shares not already subscribed to in a new stock offering. In a typical new offering using stock rights, new shares are priced below the market price in order to ensure a successful sale. Generally, however, some stockholders will neither use nor sell their rights to buy the new shares, thus leaving some stock unsold even at the bargain price. The issuer therefore allows the stockholders to oversubscribe in anticipation of extra available shares. It is generally in the stockholder's interest to use the oversubscription privilege. Compare subscription price.
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Shares of Common Stock will be issued promptly after completion and receipt of all stockholder payments and the pro-rata allocation of Common Stock in respect of the oversubscription privilege. Gross proceeds of the Offer are expected to be approximately $231M.
This was approximately 9.2% of the total number of shares requested pursuant to holders' oversubscription privilege.
In addition each shareholder was entitled to an oversubscription privilege up to a limit of three times their basic subscription right.
The rights offering includes an oversubscription privilege which permits each rights holder that exercises its rights in full to purchase additional shares of common stock that remain unsubscribed at the expiration of the offering.
Also, for those qualified stockholders exercising their basic subscription right in full, such stockholder may also choose to exercise an oversubscription privilege to purchase a portion of any shares that other qualified stockholders do not purchase through the exercise of their basic subscription rights.
The company said that all 31,240,472 shares, subject to subscription rights, were sold pursuant to the basic subscription privilege and the oversubscription privilege described in the prospectus.
The rights offering also includes an oversubscription privilege.
Additionally, stockholders who fully exercise all their issued rights will be entitled to subscribe for additional shares at the subscription price under an oversubscription privilege. If shares are insufficient to honour the requests, the available shares will be allocated pro rata among those stockholders who oversubscribe, based on the number of rights issued initially to them.
As part of the rights offering, 9,248,464 shares were issued to holders upon exercise of their basic subscription privilege (including 2,625,000 shares issued to Lehman), and 1,376,536 shares were issued to holders upon exercise of their oversubscription privilege, which was approximately 9.2 percent of the total number of shares requested pursuant to holders' oversubscription privilege.
Farmers National Banc Corporation (OTCBB: FMNB), the Canfield, Ohio-based holding company for The Farmers National Bank, has said that 2,058,315 common shares have been subscribed for in its rights offering, and that all basic subscription rights and oversubscription privileges have been accepted.
As a result, the remaining shares available for issuance to those rights holders validly exercising oversubscription privileges will be allocated pro rata based on the number of rights underlying such rights holders' basic subscription privilege, Liberty added.