OTC Markets Newsletter
OTC Markets Group News           August 2015
Find It First On OTC Markets!

Last year, OTC Markets Group reported $238.4 billion in dollar volume of securities traded, a new record. Why are more investors turning to our markets? Because they are discovering the tremendous breadth and depth of companies that trade here.

For example, did you know we operate world leading markets for growing companies? More exciting growth companies are getting their start on our markets— companies like Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc., which graduated to Nasdaq from the OTCQX market in June, and Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc., which moved from OTCQB to the NYSE MKT in May.

In fact, last year 83 companies graduated from our markets to a U.S. exchange listing, more than any other market in the world. More than 40 companies have graduated to an exchange so far this year.

Before these companies move to an exchange, find them first on OTC Markets. Below is a list of top performing OTCQX companies year-to-date.

Top Performing OTCQX Companies YTD*

Company Ticker Country Market Cap ($M) Total Return
North Country Gold NCGDF Canada 16.72 319%
Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. TBUFF Canada 136.99 216%
Frontier Oilfield Services, Inc. FOSI USA 9.28 183%
Ico Therapeutics, Inc. ICOTF Canada 5.07 165%
Viralytics Ltd. VRACY Australia 114.71 153%


Perhaps you’re looking to diversify your portfolio internationally. Foreign securities are our largest asset class, representing 69%, or $164 billion, of total trading last year.

There are currently over 3,900 ADRs and foreign ordinary shares traded on our markets. The most transparent, investor-focused global leaders like adidas AG (OTCQX: ADDYY), Bombardier Inc. (OTCQX: BDRBF) and Roche Holding Ltd. (OTCQX: RHHBY) and Shiseido Company, Ltd. (OTCQX: SSDOY) trade on the OTCQX Best Market. These companies have met our high OTCQX financial and disclosure standards and are committed to providing an efficient and transparent trading market for their U.S. investors.

To benchmark the performance of actively-traded international companies on OTCQX, follow our OTCQX International Index (.OTCQXINT) and OTCM QX ADR 30 Index (.OTCQX30).

OTCQX International Indexes
YTD Performance*



Yearning for yield? You’ll find 1,715 dividend-paying companies traded on our markets. That includes many U.S. community and regional banks.

Highest Yielding OTCQX Companies*

Company Ticker Last Sale 12M Dividend Total Return
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. FSUGY 2.49 0.19 7.61%
Pure Multi-Family REIT LP PMULF 5.13 0.38 7.32%
BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. BESIY 19.45 1.41 7.23%
Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. ZURVY 27.805 1.72 6.18%
Repsol S.A. REPYY 14.18 0.87 6.13%


Highest Yielding OTCQX Banks*

Company Ticker Last Sale 12M Dividend Yield
F & M Bank Corp. FMBM 21.1 1.05 4.98%
Riverview Financial Corp. RIVE 12.25 0.56 4.57%
Harleysville Savings Financial Corp. HARL 18.4 0.84 4.57%
Community Bancorp, Inc. CMTV 14.2 0.64 4.51%
Commercial National Financial Corp. CNAF 24.25 1.04 4.29%

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Or perhaps you’re a sector investor looking to pursue growth or manage risk in specific industry sectors? Our markets feature a wide variety of industries from biotechnology and energy to media and financial services.

For example, OTCQX and OTCQB are home to more than 230 energy and mining companies. These range from the ADRs and foreign ordinaries of global majors like Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (OTCQX: FSUGY) and Brazil’s Magnesita Refratarios SA (OTCQX: MFRSY) to exciting junior mining companies like Western Lithium USA Corp. (OTCQX: WLCDF), a Canadian resource company that was the top-performing OTCQX company last year.

Emerging biotechnology companies choose to trade on our OTCQX and OTCQB markets to gain access to capital as they grow their businesses. There are approximately 120 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life sciences and other healthcare-related companies traded on OTCQX and OTCQB.

Community banks are also a mainstay on our markets. Today, there are 650-plus U.S. community and regional banks traded on our markets, more than on the NASDAQ stock market and New York Stock Exchange combined. The most engaged and investor-focused of these financial institutions trade on OTCQX where they represent $40 billion in combined assets.

To benchmark the performance of OTCQX banks, track our OTCQX Banks Index under symbol “.OTCQXBK.”

Turn on Real-Time OTC Markets Data

If you’re looking to invest in OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink securities, you’ll need real-time OTC Markets data, including real-time bid/ask quotes, size and participant information as well as detailed security information.

Intelligent investment decisions depend on access to timely, reliable and accurate market data. In today’s financial markets, small changes in share price, volume and trading-related data drive millions of trades a day. Institutional investors and investment advisors need real-time data to find opportunities and monitor trade executions.

Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Interactive Data and Factset are just a few of the leading market data vendors that distribute OTC Markets Group’s Real-Time Level 1+ and Level 2+ market data. For a complete list, visit our website here.

For a list of all OTC Markets data products, visit the Market Data section of our website here.

More questions about OTC Markets data? Contact us directly at marketdata@otcmarkets.com.

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Use OTC Markets Data to Find it First

*Data as of June 30, 2015
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
[photo]Dr. Steve Tsengas, Chairman, President & CEO of OurPet’s Company

This month, we speak with Dr. Steve Tsengas, Chairman, President & CEO of OurPet’s Company (OTCQX: OPCO). With 139 patents issued or pending and 40 to 50 new products in the pipeline at any given time, OurPet’s Company is viewed as an “innovator in the pets industry.” Dr. Tsengas talks to us about how OurPet’s Company differentiates itself in the market, the outlook for growth in the pets products industry, and why OurPet’s made the decision to upgrade to OTCQX earlier this year. Dr. Tsengas is a member of the OTCQX U.S. Advisory Council, comprised of senior executives of OTCQX U.S. companies that provide feedback and guidance on the OTCQX market.

OTC Markets Group (OTCM): Tell us about OurPet’s Company.

Dr. Steve Tsengas: OurPet’s was founded in 1995 with the launch of the Big Dog Feeder® for larger breed dogs. Due to their size, eating at ground floor level is not healthy or comfortable for large breed dogs. They develop arthritis at the joints, compromised physical structure, and so on. The Big Dog Feeder became an instant hit in SkyMall Magazine, catalogues, QVC and pet specialty retailers. It also launched the trend of healthy elevated feeding in the industry.

Since 1995, we have grown significantly – from the Big Dog Feeder to over 800 products and over $25 million in annual revenue. We bring a wealth of knowledge related to pet geriatrics and animal behavior, engineering and manufacturing related to electronics, polymers, coatings, nutrition, and other areas and apply it to improve the health, safety, comfort and enjoyment of pets.

We play a dominant role in the three cat/dog areas that we concentrate on: toys and accessories, feeding and storage, and waste and odor control. Our marketing and sales efforts cover all the major pet channels – Pet Specialty retailers and distributors (e.g. Petco, PetSmart), Food Drug & Mass (e.g. Walmart, Kroger, Publix), Catalogues (e.g. Drs. Foster & Smith), e-Commerce (e.g. Amazon), and others.

The breakdown between Pet Specialty and FD&M is approximately 50/50 and domestic/export is 85/15. Export sales are growing rapidly, in spite of the strong dollar relative to foreign currencies. We are currently exporting into Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan and other smaller countries. Please visit our Website, www.ourpets.com.

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OTCM: The pet products industry is a competitive market. How does OurPet’s differentiate itself?

Dr. Tsengas: When we entered the pet market in 1995 industry sales were approximately $16 billion. Today, they are over $60 billion and growing faster than the GDP. Worldwide, the pet industry has grown to over $90 billion in annual sales. This growth has attracted a lot of entrants and a plethora of products. Our strategy for growth includes:

a. Innovation in every product segment that we compete. We have over 139 patents issued or pending and 40-50 new products in the pipeline at any given time. Innovation is a “way of life” at OurPet’s. The Business & Product Development Committee that meets every week consists of engineering, marketing, operations, sales and finance. OurPet’s is viewed as the premier innovator in the pet industry. We have set the trend related to healthy elevated feeding with the Big Dog Feeder and all other subsequent feeding systems, electronic, realistic/pre-recorded prey sound in cat toys (the Play-N-Squeak® line has sold over 30 million units since it was introduced in 2001) and our Durapet® bowls (stainless steel with molded rubber base) have set the industry standard for excellence since they were introduced in 2004. Catty Whack®, the OurPet’s electronic cat toy, won 1st Place New Cat Product at the recent SuperZoo 2015 Show in Las Vegas.

b. Investing in top notch people and management systems on a timely basis. Our Five Year Business Plan, prepared and presented to the board each year, emphasizes optimum growth and a minimization of surprises. During the last five years, OurPet’s has successfully made the challenging transition from a small company to a medium size company with a solid foundation for future growth.

OTCM: What is the outlook for the pet products industry? What makes this an attractive market for investors?

Dr. Tsengas: As previously mentioned, the pet industry has grown to over $60 billion in the USA and over $90 billion worldwide – averaging approximately 5-6% growth per year. Domestically, the pet industry has grown even during recessionary periods. Overseas, the growth has been even higher as the standard of living and discretionary income have increased.

The human/pet bond continues to grow: 70% of Americans consider their pet as a “member of the family.” In spite of the lackluster economy and the slowdown of home ownership, the pet industry continues to grow at over two times GDP.

In summary, the pet industry has proven recession-resistant with an annual growth rate 2-3 times GDP.

OTCM: OurPet’s upgraded to the OTCQX market in February. What caused you to make that move and what do you see are the benefits of trading on a premium, transparent market?

Dr. Tsengas: With the diminishing number of regional broker firms and increasing federal regulations during the last 15 years, it is very difficult for exciting investments like OurPet’s (OPCO) to gain the investor spotlight and enjoy an active aftermarket for its securities while on the OTCQB. Funds for growth have been limited, expensive and dilutive since the stock price has not reflected the healthy/growing pet industry and the tremendous potential of OurPet’s (i.e. rich intellectual property base, strong management and positive position in the industry and rapid growth). It is hoped that trading on OTCQX, a premium, more transparent market, will enable the OPCO stock price to better reflect OurPet’s value.

OTCM: What is your strategy for growing your shareholder base and communicating with investors?

Dr. Tsengas: For a number of years the company’s shareholder base has principally included individual ownership. We recently launched efforts to attract institutional shareholders who also recognize our value and have the capacity to purchase a substantial number of shares. These targeted efforts are being supplemented by a quarterly Fact Sheet, working with financial publications, print and online, and participation in investor conferences.

Our goals include diversifying the company’s shareholder base, increasing communication with investors and the investment community, and increasing liquidity of our stock. We believe these initiatives will lead to a more favorable market valuation for OurPet’s Company that benefits all shareholders.

OTCM: What else do you want investors to know about OurPet’s Company?

Dr. Tsengas: During the last five years, OurPet’s (OPCO) has successfully made the transition from a small company to a $25 million company ready to realize its great potential – i.e. strong, experienced, dedicated management, very strong proprietary/innovative products (75% of revenue), excellent marketing/sales capabilities and blue-chip customer base, a fully implemented IT system and efficient, global operations. We are optimistic about the future due to the strong foundation we have achieved, our expanded customer base and the strong acceptance of our new, innovative products.

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Light Up The Market
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Grand Perfecta (OTCQX: GPIW)
Lights up the Market!


Follow us on Twitter at @OTCMarkets to keep up with OTCQX companies Lighting Up Their Market.

OTCQX companies Light up the Market in August to celebrate joining our best market.

Paringa Resources Limited (ASX: PNL; OTCQX: PNGZF)
Prime Meridian Holding Company (OTCQX: PMHG)
Village Farms (TSX: VFF; OTCQX: VFFIF)
Monthly Trade Summary

July 2015

Market Designations # of Securities* Monthly Dollar Volume Monthly Dollar Volume
per Security
YTD Dollar Volume
OTCQX® 408 $3,159,648,089 $7,744,236 $24,439,115,954
OTCQB® 1,052 $1,175,794,843 $1,117,676 $15,411,412,189
OTC Pink® 8,380 $12,206,344,123 $1,456,604 $84,214,937,758
Totals 9,840 $16,541,787,056 $1,681,076 $124,065,465,901
*Data as of July 31, 2015
Events, Webinars & Sponsorships
News
OTCQX Senior Executive and Issuers Forum - Calgary, Canada (November 5, 2015)

Take Stock! Conference - Calgary, Canada (November 6, 2015)

iGlobal Forum’s Reg A+ Mini-IPO Summit - New York, NY (October 15, 2015)

CSE Day New York 2015 - New York, NY (October 7, 2015)

82nd Annual Market Structure Conference - Washington, D.C. (September 30 - October 2, 2015) 

Regulation A+ Roundtable with McCarter & English, CohnReznick and OTC Markets Group - New York, NY (September 24, 2015) 

OTCQX Senior Executive and Issuers Forum - Toronto, Canada (September 24, 2015) 

Webinar: Best IR Practices for Entrepreneurial & Development Stage Companies: Targeting and Communicating with Investors (September 22, 2015)

Georgetown University: Financial Market Quality - Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2015)

Webinar: Value of Share Price Transparency & Liquidity in an M&A Context with Banks Street Partners (September 16, 2015)

The Yale Washington CEO Caucus - Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2015)

Contact us if you are interested in meeting us at one of these events.
Quodd Adds OTC Markets Data to Feeds - WatersTechnology.com/Inside Market Data (August 20, 2015)

Venture exchange momentum continues - The PIPES Report/The Deal Pipeline (August 19, 2015) (subscription required)

ADRs Back In Fashion? - CNBC TV 18 India (August 8, 2015)

Paringa Resources to list shares in US - World Coal (August 6, 2015)

Village Farms now trading on OTCQX Best Market - The Packer (August 3, 2015)

Revamp of OTCQB Venture Market Complete; Nearly 1000 Companies Qualify for Continued Listing - Growth Capitalist (July 30, 2015)

OTCQB venture market rollout complete - Bankless Times (July 30, 2015)

A New Way to List Mini-IPOs Shares - Inc. online (July 28, 2015)

OTC Markets OTCQB Venture Market Revamp Complete, Drops 2000 Companies - Traders Magazine online (July 23, 2015)
MARKET DATA UPDATES
QUODD Financial Information Services now provides OTC Markets Group Real-Time Level 1+ and Level 2+ market data to QUODD customers via a low-latency data feed. QUODD previously delivered OTC Markets Group's market data only through the company's QUODD Equity+ desktop terminal.

Contact Market Data Services at marketdata@otcmarkets.com for more information.
REGULATION & COMPLIANCE
FINRA Proposal to Publish OTC Equity Volume Executed Outside ATSs

As part of its transparency initiative, which currently includes making the weekly volume reporting by ATS operators publicly available, FINRA has proposed a Rule to further extend such reporting to internalized transactions of FINRA members. FINRA has proposed to require that the internalized volumes by FINRA members be published on a delayed basis in a similar manner to the ATS reporting requirements. Two comment letters were received on the proposal. The comment letters can be found here. The proposed rule can be found here.

FINRA Extends Tier Size Pilot for OTC Equity Securities

FINRA has again extended the Tier Size Pilot for OTC Equity Securities under FINRA Rule 6433 (Minimum Quotation Size Requirements for OTC Equity Securities). The Pilot is now scheduled to expire on December 11, 2015. In September 2013, a study by Cornerstone Research on the effects of the Tier Size Pilot was published by FINRA. The results are available here.
OTCQX AND OTCQB GRADUATIONS
Congratulations to the latest companies to graduate from our markets to a U.S. exchange listing.

The OTCQX Best Market
Xcel Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: XELB)

The OTCQB Venture Market
Ampliphi Biosciences Corp. (NYSE MKT: APHB)
Champions Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSBR)
CryoPort, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYRX)
Eyegate Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: EYEG)
Payment Data Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYDS)
SITO Mobile, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SITO)
OTCQX AND OTCQB NEW ADDITIONS
OTCQB
8 companies qualified for the OTCQX Best Market in July.

Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: AMBS)
Boulder Energy Ltd. (OTCQX: BLLDF)
Commerce Resources Corp. (OTCQX: CMRZF)
General Communication, Inc. (OTCQX: GNCMB)

Learning Tree International, Inc. (OTCQX: LTRE)
OmniComm Systems, Inc. (OTCQX: OMCM)
RestorGenex Corporation (OTCQX: RESX)
Track Group, Inc. (OTCQX: TRCK)
A complete list of OTCQX companies is available on www.otcmarkets.com.


OTCQB
40 companies were verified to trade on the OTCQB Venture Market in July.

Acorn Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: ACFN)
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (OTCQB: AREEP)
Andalay Solar, Inc. (OTCQB: WEST)
AntriaBio, Inc. (OTCQB: ANTB)
AudioEye, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE)
Aurora Cannabis Inc. (OTCQB: ACBFF)
Bay Commercial Bank (Walnut Creek CA) (OTCQB: BCML)
Carbon Credit International, Inc. (OTCQB: CRBL)
Certive Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: CTVEF)
China Forestry, Inc. (OTCQB: CHFY)
ChroMedX Corp. (OTCQB: MNLIF)
Cinjet Inc. (OTCQB: CINJ)
Citius Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQB: CTXR)
CLS Holdings USA, Inc. (OTCQB: CLSH)
Data Deposit Box, Inc. (OTCQB: DDBXF)
Diamedica, Inc. (OTCQB: DMCAF)
Eagle Mountain Corporation (OTCQB: EMTC)
FBEC Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: FBEC)
First Mining Finance Corp. (OTCQB: FFMGF)
Genesis Financial, Inc. (OTCQB: GFNL)
Grow Solutions Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: GRSO)
HashingSpace Corporation (OTCQB: HSHS)
iNeedMD Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: NEMD)
Maple Tree Kids Inc. (OTCQB: MPTR)
Moag Copper Gold Resources, Inc. (OTCQB: MGCPF)
MusclePharm Corp. (OTCQB: MSLP)
Nano Dimension Ltd (OTCQB: NNDMY)
Natcore Technology Inc . (OTCQB: NTCXF)
Petrolympic, Ltd. (OTCQB: PCQRF)
Powin Corp (OTCQB: PWON)
Prologis, Inc. (OTCQB: PLDGP)
Propanc Health Group Corp. (OTCQB: PPCH)
Protalex, Inc. (OTCQB: PRTX)
Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. (OTCQB: HMGLF)
RMG Networks Holding Corp. (OTCQB: RMGNU)
Steampunk Wizards, Inc. (OTCQB: SPWZ)
Strongbow Resources Inc. (OTCQB: STBR)
Taxus Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: TXSP)
TIXFI Inc. (OTCQB: TXFX)
Viatar CTC Solutions Inc. (OTCQB: VRTT)
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