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secondary offering  

Definition 1.

A registered offering of a large block of a security which has been previously issued to the public, by a current shareholder. The proceeds of the sale go to the holder, not the issuing company, and the number of shares outstanding does not change. also called secondary distribution.
 

Definition 2.

A registered offering of a large block of a security that has been previously issued to the public. The blocks being offered may have been held by large investors or institutions, and proceeds of the sale go to those holders, not the issuing company. Also called secondary distribution. (See initial public offering, new issue, underwriter)
 

Definition 3.

A sale of securities in which one or more major stockholders in a company sell all or a large portion of their holdings. The underwriting proceeds are paid to the stockholders, rather than to the corporation.
 
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