Re: CONCEPTS BUILDER!!! -
May 28th, 2006
Greenshoe Option - Legally referred to as an over-allotment option, a provision contained in an underwriting agreement which gives the underwriter the right to sell investors more shares than originally planned by the issuer. This would normally be done if the demand for a security issue proves higher than expected.
A greenshoe option can provide additional price stability to a security issue, since the underwriter has the ability to increase supply and smooth out price fluctuations if demand surges too high.
The term is derived from the fact that the Green Shoe Company was the first to issue this type of option.