We recently announced the 2018 OTCQX® Best 50. Now In its 4th year, our annual ranking highlights the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market, based on an equal weighting of one-year total return and average daily dollar volume growth. The companies featured in the Best 50 were ranked based upon their performance during the 2017 calendar year.
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Much attention has focused on recent Reg A deals (Arcimoto, Shiftpixy, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Myomo and Adomani) that have listed on national exchanges (Nasdaq and NYSE). But the question remains, is this the right move for small-caps seeking to become public companies through innovative capital raising frameworks? After the excitement of ringing a bell has worn off, the visibility has dissipated, the bankers have been paid and the festivities come to a close, a bigger challenge begins for management to grow the value of their business while balancing the resource-intensive requirements of maintaining a listing on a national exchange.
Reg A was designed for small companies, start-ups, entrepreneurial innovators and those seeking to alleviate the cost, time and complexity associated with the traditional IPO process. Part of the larger JOBS Act story, this legislation increased opportunities for transparent and online capital raising whereby small cap companies could embrace technology and the internet to improve sourcing of, and access to capital, ultimately allowing more individual investors to participate. Continue reading “Short-Term Gain = Long-Term Pain?”
Earlier this year we shared the results from our inaugural Small-Cap Survey. Our final whitepaper with IR Magazine on small-cap company issues was influenced by the key finding that 70% of CEOs/CFOs at small-caps manage their IR internally, but they spend only 11% of their time on investor outreach. Given today’s competitive financial markets landscape, the ability of small and micro-cap companies to gain exposure and attract a targeted investor base is even more critical. Continue reading “Discover Small-Cap IR Best Practices to Attract Investors”
As part of this year’s NIRI conference, OTC Markets Group worked with the team to organize and moderate a panel of industry experts dedicated to addressing the needs of small cap IR professionals. Continue reading “5 Takeaways from our Small-Cap IR Summit”
For unique insight into the small cap companies trading on our markets, we recently engaged their C-suite to shed light upon some of the challenges they face when trying to drive and increase investor interest in their stock. Between March and May of 2017, OTC Markets Group Inc. conducted a survey of 117 CEOs and CFOs at the helm of the U.S. and international companies that trade on our OTCQX and OTCQB markets. The results of the inaugural Small-Cap Survey revealed that small-cap companies, traditionally defined as having a market capitalization of under $2 billion, are continuing to miss key opportunities to attract new investors and raise capital. Continue reading “Challenges Faced by Small-Caps: The Results are in…”
The high cost to complete an IPO onto a U.S. stock exchange – on average $2.5 million*, combined with the declining bank appetite for small-cap IPOs, is forcing many small companies to stay private longer. However, the public markets offer tremendous benefits for small-cap companies seeking to raise capital and grow their businesses. Fortunately, an IPO isn’t the only method for small companies to gain the benefits of a public market.
In our second whitepaper with IR Magazine, on Small-Cap company issues, we focus on three alternatives to the traditional IPO: Continue reading “Think an IPO is the only way to access the Public Markets?”
With more than 6,000 small and micro-cap companies trading on our markets, we are uniquely positioned to understand the issues they face, and help them effectively navigate the public markets. That’s why we’ve partnered with IR Magazine to develop a Small Cap IR whitepaper series that addresses the unique challenges in navigating the public markets, including high fees and changing market structure.
A successful public market experience starts with developing a well thought out IR strategy.
The most successful small-cap companies are those that employ certain public company best practices. For some issuers, this will require a fundamental examination of the business, its principals, goals and objectives, for others it will require getting the company’s financial house in order.
“The OTCQX Banks Index, a benchmark for community banks traded on the OTCQX market, gained 30 percent in the past 12 months, compared to 15 percent for the S&P 500. How can community banks leverage this positive trend and deliver greater value to their shareholders? Continue reading “Leveraging the high demand of Community Bank stocks”