Most important IPO terminologies explained!

Here we have explained the most important IPO terminologies.

March 26, 2021 8:00 IST | India Infoline News Service
Do you want to participate in upcoming IPOs, but are unaware of certain IPO terminologies? Here we explain 8 important terms that are most commonly used with an IPO!

New Offer versus OFS

These are two types of IPOs. In a new offer, fresh capital is raised by the company and the capital of the company expands. In Offer for sale (OFS), the existing shareholders sell their shares in an IPO. No fresh money comes in but ownership changes.

Fixed price issue versus Book Building issue

In fixed price issue, final issue price is fixed by the issuer and applicants can only apply at that price. In Book Building, the price is discovered as the book gets built based on the price at which IPO can be fully subscribed. Nowadays, all issues are book built.

BRLM versus underwriter

Book running lead managers (BRLM) manage the IPO from regulatory approvals to marketing to listing. Underwriters guarantee to take a portion of the issue, if it is undersubscribed.

DRHP versus RHP

Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) is filed with SEBI at least 21 days before the IPO for comments. Red Herring Prospectus (RHP) is the final prospectus filed with the Registrar of Companies (ROC) just before the IPO giving all issue details.

Price Band versus Floor Price

Price band is the price range to bid for the IPO. The price band is decided by the company with the lead manager. Normally, price band is lowest for retail category. The lower end of the price band is called floor price.

Offer Date versus Listing Date

Offer date is the opening date of the IPO. Normally, IPOs are open for 3 working days. The listing date is when the IPO stock lists on the NSE/BSE. Listing date is normally 7-10 working days after the IPO close date.
Lot Size versus maximum retail lots

A minimum lot in IPO has approximate value of Rs15,000. Retail applications are limited to Rs200,000, so maximum lots are around 200,000/15,000 = 13 lots. IPO applications and allotments are done in multiples of lots.

Oversubscription and Greenshoe Option

If valid applications for the IPO are more than the shares offered, the issue is oversubscribed. Green Shoe option is a special privilege available to retain oversubscription up to a certain limit.

ASBA facility

Applications supported by blocked amounts (ASBA) is a facility that only blocks the application amount and the actual debit only happens on allotment so that you don’t lose interest till then.

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