Fully Subscribed


DEFINITION of 'Fully Subscribed'

A situation in which an underwriting firm has successfully sold to investors all of its available issues of a public offering of securities. When the issue is fully subscribed, the underwriter's risk of being undersubscribed (being unable to sell its allotment of the issue) is completely removed.

Also referred to in slang terms as "pot is clean".

BREAKING DOWN 'Fully Subscribed'

Typically, the goal of a public offering is to price the security issue at the exact price at which all the issued shares can be sold to investors, so there will be neither a shortage nor a surplus of securities. If there is more demand for a public offering than there is supply (shortage), it means a higher price could have been charged and the issuer could have raised more capital. On the other hand, if the price is too high, not enough investors will subscribe to the issue and the underwriting company will be left with shares it either cannot sell or must sell at a reduced price, incurring a loss. Therefore, getting an issue to be perfectly fully subscribed is a difficult and complex balancing act.

  1. Investment Bank - IB

    A financial intermediary that performs a variety of services. ...
  2. Red Herring

    A preliminary prospectus filed by a company with the Securities ...
  3. Underwriting

    1. The process by which investment bankers raise investment capital ...
  4. Undersubscribed

    A situation in which the demand for an initial public offering ...
  5. Initial Public Offering - IPO

    The first sale of stock by a private company to the public. IPOs ...
  6. Oversubscribed

    A situation in which the demand for an initial public offering ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    5 Tips For Investing In IPOs

    Thinking of investing in IPOs? Here are five things to remember before jumping into these murky waters.
  2. Brokers

    Brokerage Functions: Underwriting And Agency Roles

    Learning about these various activities can give insight into how securities are issued and traded.
  3. Fundamental Analysis

    Interpreting A Company's IPO Prospectus Report

    Learn to decipher the secret language of the IPO prospectus report - it can tell you a lot about a company's future.
  4. Retirement

    IPO Basics Tutorial

    What's an IPO, and how did everybody get so rich off them during the dotcom boom? We give you the scoop.
  5. Professionals

    Career Advice: Investment Banking Vs. Corporate Finance

    Read an in-depth review and comparison of a career in investment banking and a career in corporate finance, with advice about which one to choose.
  6. Investing

    Middle Market Investment Banks

    We take a close look at investment banks working with middle market companies.
  7. Fundamental Analysis

    Top Reasons IPO Valuations Miss The Mark

    The costly services of investment banks don’t necessarily guarantee accuracy in IPO pricing.
  8. Investing

    Top Investment Banks In The Real Estate Industry

    The real estate market relies on capital provided by large global investment banks.
  9. Insurance

    All About Impaired Risk Annuites and Insurance

    What are impaired risk insurance products and understanding life insurance rate classes, table ratings and flat extra premiums.
  10. Professionals

    Career Advice: Investment Banking Vs. Investment Management

    Review an in-depth comparison between investment banking and investment management, their respective career paths and which one you should choose.
  1. How does investment banking differ from commercial banking?

    Investment banking and commercial banking are two primary segments of the banking industry. Investment banks facilitate the ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What types of companies hire a chartered financial analyst (CFA)?

    The Chartered Financial Analyst, or CFA, program is a professional certification awarded by the CFA Institute. CFA candidates ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the major categories of financial institutions and what are their primary ...

    In today's financial services marketplace, a financial institution exists to provide a wide variety of deposit, lending and ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What's the difference between investment banks and commercial banks?

    Investment banking and commercial banking are two divisions of the banking industry that provide substantially different ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Who facilitates buying and selling on the primary market?

    There are several important actors that facilitate buying and selling on the primary market, the home of initial public offerings ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What is the difference between an investment and a retail bank?

    The activities and types of clients for an investment bank versus those for a retail bank highlight the primary difference ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Gross Profit

    A company's total revenue (equivalent to total sales) minus the cost of goods sold. Gross profit is the profit a company ...
  2. Revenue

    The amount of money that a company actually receives during a specific period, including discounts and deductions for returned ...
  3. Normal Profit

    An economic condition occurring when the difference between a firm’s total revenue and total cost is equal to zero.
  4. Operating Cost

    Expenses associated with the maintenance and administration of a business on a day-to-day basis.
  5. Cost Of Funds

    The interest rate paid by financial institutions for the funds that they deploy in their business. The cost of funds is one ...
  6. Cost Accounting

    A type of accounting process that aims to capture a company's costs of production by assessing the input costs of each step ...
Trading Center
You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!