NEW YORK, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Launched in March 2007, the OTCQX® Best Market was designed to distinguish transparent, high-performing trading in the OTC markets and provide reputable U.S. and international companies a cost-effective, less burdensome alternative to a stock exchange listing.
Ten years later, OTCQX has grown from 12 Founding Member companies to 399 U.S. and international issuers, totaling $1.4 trillion in market capitalization. Today, OTCQX securities trade a combined $36.8 billion in annual dollar volume, representing 20% of the total annual dollar volume of all OTC securities. And the OTCQX market is recognized by federal and state regulators, broker-dealers, investors, market data distributors and the international investment community.
Key accomplishments of the past 10 years on OTCQX:
- Major financial portals and online brokerages now display the OTCQX market designation, including Bloomberg, CNBC.com, E*Trade, Schwab, Scottrade, Seeking Alpha and TD Ameritrade.
- Launched eight OTCQX indexes: OTCQX Composite Index, OTCQX Billion+ Index, OTCQX Dividend Index, OTCQX Banks Index, OTCQX International Index, OTCQX Canada Index, OTCQX U.S. Index and OTCM QX ADR 30 Index
- OTCQX is considered an "established public market" by the SEC.
- OTCQX is recognized by 20 states for Blue State manual exemptions.
For a timeline of the past 10 years of OTCQX milestones and achievements, view the infographic here: http://www.otcmarkets.com/content/doc/The-OTCQX-Best-Market-Celebrating-10-Years.jpg
"The launch of OTCQX in 2007 kicked off a series of changes that have completely reshaped the quality of companies and transparency of information available on the U.S. OTC equity markets," said R. Cromwell Coulson, President and CEO of OTC Markets Group. "Today, OTCQX is considered a world-class public market - and an IPO market - where companies can go public, raise capital, build their shareholder base and grow their business without the high cost and regulatory burdens of a traditional stock exchange listing. The companies found on OTCQX range from the largest, global blue-chip companies to high-growth U.S. small-caps and local community banks, all of which are now able to provide an efficient and established public market with a superior trading and information experience for their investors."
"The OTCQX market has been a great asset for Roche and has enabled us to broaden our investor base here in the U.S. by offering a complementary investment opportunity to our shares trading on the Swiss exchange. Over the past 10 years, we have seen substantial growth in the program and Roche now has the largest Level I ADR Program of any European pharmaceutical company and the largest ADR program on OTCQX," said Dr. Neera Dahiya Ravindran, Head of Investor Relations - North America for Roche Holdings, Ltd.
"We are very excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary with OTCQX," stated Steven A. Powless, Chief Executive Officer of Computer Services, Inc. "They have provided CSI with increased visibility for our company, and improved liquidity for our stock. We have also been very pleased with the support and advanced technology provided by OTCQX in supporting CSI's stock."
To celebrate the anniversary, OTC Markets Group will be sharing throwback images, articles and major milestones and featuring interviews with OTCQX Founding Member companies on Twitter (@OTCMarkets #QXTurnsX) and in its monthly newsletter throughout the year.
In addition, the Company will hold a full-day "Day of Learning" for small-cap companies at its New York City headquarters in June. The event will feature panel discussions and presentations about key issues affecting small-cap companies. Public and private small companies will be invited to attend.
About OTC Markets Group Inc.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
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SOURCE OTC Markets Group Inc.