Underwriting agreementThe contract between a corporation issuing new publicly offered securities and the managing underwriter as agent for the underwriting group. Compare to agreement among underwriters.
Underwriting feeUnderwriting fee
The portion of the gross underwriting spread that compensates the securities firms that underwrite a public offering for their services.
All or none underwritingAll or none underwriting
An arrangement whereby a security issue is cancelled if the underwriter is unable to resell the entire issue.
Underwriting spreadUnderwriting spread
The income that is generated by the underwriting syndicate and the selling group, which is essentially the difference between the amount paid to the issuer of securities in a primary distribution and the public offering price.
A bank or other financial institution's guarantee to a company that it will buy a certain number of shares in a company's new issue or rights issue, should the issue not be fully subscribed by other investors.From the company's point of view, having its new issue underwritten is a form of insurance. It means that if it has priced an issue too high and the market shuns it, the company can still be sure that it will get money from the new issue.Of course, security comes at a price. Underwriters charge a fee for the back-up they provide. If the new issue is very popular, it will pocket that fee and make a handsome profit. Occasionally, they get badly burned. New issues underwritten immediately before the 1987 stock market crash lost a lot of money.Sometimes companies do a rights issue at a deep discount to reduce the underwriting fees.
Underwriting incomeUnderwriting income
For an insurance company, the difference between the premiums earned and the costs of settling claims.
Further SuggestionsUnderwriting Commission
Firm commitment underwriting