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A Snapshot of the 2018 OTCQX® Best 50

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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The True Value of Best Practice Disclosure

In a World Where the “News Cycle,” Both Real and Fake, is 24/7, How Can Companies be Their Own Best Ally and Not Their Own Worst Enemy?

In a recent webinar on Corporate Governance, by Compass Investor Relations, the presenters touched upon the value of best practice corporate disclosure.

Compass Investor Relations partners Mark Collinson and Elaine Ketchmere, shared their thoughts:

There has always been real and fake news.  Today, this news can be transmitted, duplicated, discussed, endorsed, refuted and recycled in an instant.

And so how do companies ensure that their securities prices reflect the true nature of the company’s performance and prospects?  Continue reading “The True Value of Best Practice Disclosure”

OTC Markets Group Establishes A Stock Promotion Policy

By Laura Anthony | Legal & Compliance, LLC

As OTC Markets Group continues to position itself as a respected venture trading platform, it has adopted a new stock promotion policy and best practices guidelines to improve investor transparency and address concerns over fraudulent or improper stock promotion campaigns. The stock promotion policy and best practices guidelines are designed to assist companies with responsible investor relations and to address problematic issues. Recognizing that fraudulent stock promotion is a systemic problem requiring an all-fronts effort by industry participants and regulators, the new policy focuses on transparency and disclosure of current information, and the correction of false statements or materially misleading information issued by third parties.

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PR & the Small Cap Company

For small cap companies, the view of communications is most often through the lens of Investor Relations (IR) – the process of interacting with shareholders, the investment community and the financial media.

Since the primary objective of any public company is to enhance shareholder value, attract new investors and meet regulatory obligations, the need for IR is self-evident, whether conducted by senior executives, internal IROs or external IR professionals.

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Discover Small-Cap IR Best Practices to Attract Investors

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”

Three Strong Points for SME Markets

Earlier in 2017, The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) released their report highlighting major barriers of entry to equity market financing for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In conjunction with a survey infrastructure supported by the Milken Institute, the WFE made three key recommendations to securities market regulators and exchanges:

  1. The complexity, cost and scale of listing, and maintaining a listing, should be reduced, to incentivize the use of equity markets by SMEs.
  2. The quality, not the quantity, of information available about SMEs should be enhanced. This includes information that SMEs disclose for regulatory compliance as well as that from third-parties.
  3. Mechanisms should be introduced to enhance secondary market liquidity in SME stocks and on SME markets, such as: dedicated market makers; expanding and diversifying the investor base; and exploring alternative secondary market trading models such as a quote-driven market.

When I read the WFE report, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between these findings and the unique public market framework we have built at OTC Markets Group to help smaller public companies succeed.

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Capital is the lifeblood of every business & there are multiple options for Small-cap companies to access it

Small-cap companies require capital to hire new employees, purchase equipment, develop new products and services and expand their operations.  And while they have multiple options when it comes to raising capital to finance their businesses, not all options are created equal.

That’s why in our third whitepaper with IR Magazine, on Small-cap company issues, we analyze the pros and cons of four common financing options: Continue reading “Capital is the lifeblood of every business & there are multiple options for Small-cap companies to access it”

5 Takeaways from our Small-Cap IR Summit

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”

Challenges Faced by Small-Caps: The Results are in…

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…”

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