Anyone that reads the trade journals knows that at-the-market offerings, or ATM’s as they are now known, have recently gained in popularity and are expected to continue to do so. An ATM is the offering of securities by an Issuer either directly or through an underwriter, which securities are offered and distributed at the existing trading price. In layman’s terms, an ATM occurs when an already public trading Issuer registers and sells additional securities to the public at the existing trading price, as opposed to a fixed price. Accordingly, the price that shares sell at in an ATM will vary with the market price on any given day, or even throughout the day.
Under an ATM offering program, an exchange-listed company incrementally sells newly issued shares into the trading market through a designated broker-dealer at prevailing market prices, rather than via a traditional underwritten offering of a fixed number of shares at a fixed price all at once. To