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August 9, 2017
 
 
 
OTCQX as "Market of Firsts" for Innovators and Industry Leaders
 

OTC Markets continues to be a market of choice and "market of firsts" for innovators and industry leaders comprising today's entrepreneurial companies seeking an efficient public market.

 

On May 4, 2015, the first publicly traded shares of the Bitcoin Investment Trust made their debut of OTCQX under the ticker symbol "GBTC". Less than one year later, on February 19, 2016, Elio Motors Inc. (OTCQX: ELIO) made history as the first Regulation A+ offering to go public in the U.S. market and take advantage of the more cost effective and efficient method of capital raising available to small cap companies on OTCQX.

Most recently, on June 23, 2017, OTCQX became home to the first security issued as part of a blockchain, Overstock.com's Series B Preferred Shares (OTCQX: OSTBP), providing investors with a convenient method of trading its non-blockchain component and accessing the company's news and financial disclosures.

As the pace of innovation continues to rapidly evolve, who will be next to join the premier market that is recognized as an informed and established public market by federal and state regulators? Stay tuned…

 
 
 
Helping Small Cap Companies Navigate the Public Markets
 

With our continued focus on helping small cap companies to more efficiently raise capital and lower the cost of being public, we are excited to collaborate with IR Magazine to address the challenges and opportunities unique to smaller public companies.

On September 13th, OTC Markets Group will sponsor the IR Magazine Small Cap Conference and Awards in New York City. The conference will provide CEOs, CFOs, IROs and advisors of smaller companies with the opportunity to network, discuss and learn about investor relations best practices as they seek to maximize visibility with investors. Register and learn more: http://events.irmagazine.com/smallcap/

This year, we also partnered with IR Magazine to launch our Small Cap IR whitepaper series, addressing key issues including IR strategy, IPO alternatives, and financing methods used by smaller companies. View the series here: https://www.irmagazine.com/whitepapers/214/

 
 
OTC Markets EVP, Corporate Services Named to CfPA Board
 

In July, Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services, was named to the Board of Directors of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). In this role, Jason will be a valuable resource to provide constructive market insight and recommendations for new policies to enhance the mission of CfPA and enlist support for the growing Crowdfunding community.

Scott McIntyre, President of the CfPA said, "We are honored to make a seat for Mr. Paltrowitz to join our Board of Directors. His deep experience in legacy financial markets and his enthusiasm for equitable capital formation and growth is an important addition to a well-rounded board chartered to serve constituents across a diverse industry."

 
 
Transfer Agent Verified Shares Program
 

This month, we announced Corporate Stock Transfer as the 12th transfer agent to join our Transfer Agent Verified Shares Program. The program enables stock transfer agents to report their clients' share data, including authorized and outstanding shares, to OTC Markets Group on a regular basis via a secure, electronic file transfer. Investors can access verified share data for participating transfer agent clients on each company's respective quote page at www.otcmarkets.com and via OTC Markets' market data files. Read more.

 
 
 
 
Company Resource Center
 

We regularly host webinars and educational series that bring together experts to discuss key investor relations topics for companies. This month, we launched our Company Resource Center to compile these resources on a singular platform that is easily accessible and sharable. Learn more about the topics.

 
 
 
Community Spotlight
 

Bill Trenaman, Vice President, Investor Relations
Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (OTCQX:
IVPAF)

"Ivanhoe's Kamoa-Kakula Project has recently been independently ranked as the largest copper discovery in the history of mining on the African continent and the world's largest high-grade copper discovery. Ivanhoe also has discovered one of the world's largest platinum-group metals deposits at its Platreef Project and is planning to recommence production at the world's highest-grade zinc mine at Kipushi."

 

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OTC Markets Group (OTCM): Tell us about Ivanhoe Mines.

Bill Trenaman: Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company led by international financier and mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland. The company is advancing three principal projects in Southern Africa: 1) Mine development at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper discovery on the Northern Limb of South Africa's Bushveld Complex; 2) mine development and exploration at the tier one Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery on the Central African Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and 3) upgrading at the historic, high-grade Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, also on the DRC's Copperbelt.

OTCM: What were recent major accomplishments for the company?

Mr. Trenaman: Ivanhoe's Kamoa-Kakula Project has recently been independently ranked as the largest copper discovery in the history of mining on the African continent and the world's largest high-grade copper discovery. Ivanhoe also has discovered one of the world's largest platinum-group metals deposits at its Platreef Project and is planning to recommence production at the world's highest-grade zinc mine at Kipushi.

OTCM: How does Ivanhoe Mines differentiate itself from its competitors and what is your growth strategy for 2017?

Mr. Trenaman: For more than 25 years, Ivanhoe Mines' Executive Chairman Robert Friedland has been recognized by leaders of the international financial sector and mineral resource industries as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder. Mr. Friedland has successfully developed a portfolio of respected public and private companies whose initiatives have led to several of the world's most significant mineral discoveries and mine developments, applications of disruptive technologies and contributions to significant economic growth in established and emerging markets in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. For the rest of 2017, Ivanhoe Mines will continue to push forward with the development of its three mining projects in Southern Africa. Strategic discussions are continuing with significant global mining companies and investors.

OTCM: Ivanhoe Mines began trading on OTCQX in the U.S. last year. Why did you choose to join OTCQX and what is your U.S. investor relations strategy?

Mr. Trenaman: Being on the OTCQX trading platform is part of Ivanhoe Mines' strategy to better connect with US-based investors. As we continue to add value to our mine development projects, we look forward to introducing Ivanhoe Mines to a wider audience of investors as our profile is expanded internationally.

OTCM: What else do you want U.S. investors to know about Ivanhoe Mines?

Mr. Trenaman: Ivanhoe Mines has a talented management team of mine finders, developers and financiers led by one of the most successful mining entrepreneurs – Robert Friedland. The company also has three of the best mining projects in the world, in terms of resource size and grades, and low costs of development. I would encourage investors to have a look at our website and get in touch with the Ivanhoe Mines IR team and allow us to present our story.

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Community Spotlight
 

Gene Miles, President and CEO
First Farmers Financial Corp (OTCQX:
FFMR)

"First Farmers Financial Corporation (FFMR) has achieved record earnings in 26 of the previous 27 years and continues to be recognized as one of the top preforming banks in the country with less than $2.0 billion in assets (American Banker). We’ve been recognized in the banking industry at both state and national level for our financial performance."

 

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OTC Markets Group (OTCM): Tell us about First Farmers. What do you want investors to know?

Gene Miles: Our organization was founded in 1885 and has continued the ideals and traditions of community banking. Our commitment to being the premiere agriculture focused bank in our region has allowed us to become the largest independent ”Ag Bank” in the Midwest.

OTCM: What were recent major accomplishments for the bank?

Mr. Miles: First Farmers Financial Corporation (FFMR) has achieved record earnings in 26 of the previous 27 years and continues to be recognized as one of the top preforming banks in the country with less than $2.0 billion in assets (American Banker). We’ve been recognized in the banking industry at both state and national level for our financial performance. More importantly, we serve as a recognized financial resource for the agricultural industry by providing specialized underwriting services for a valuable part of our economy.

OTCM: How does First Farmers differentiate itself from its competitors and what is your growth strategy?

Mr. Miles: We are quite proud of our continued commitment to the rural farm economy and our support of the respective local communities we serve. As the manner of delivery and focus of financial services continues to evolve, our organization has maintained a healthy M&A strategy in key areas of focus for the Midwestern Ag industry.

OTCM: First Farmers began trading on OTCQX in 2015. What has been your experience trading on OTCQX?

Mr. Miles: Our shareholders have clearly benefited from the convenience of centralized shareholder communications and access to the improved liquidity that trading on OTCQX provides. We have observed an increase in trading activity at prices reflective of our consistent strong financial performance.

About Gene Miles

Gene has enjoyed a successful 38-year career in the banking industry. Raised on a corn, soybean, and livestock farm in Central Indiana, and having spent time in his family’s grain purchasing operation, he understands the unique needs of agricultural clients.

A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Management, Gene’s experience in both agriculture and finance allows exceptional perspective for oversight of the organization. Prior to becoming President and CEO, he served as Commercial Loan Officer, Compliance Officer, Investment Officer, Marketing Officer, and Accounting Officer. In this role as President and CEO, Gene oversees the general management of the company as well as stockholder and director relations. Since assuming the role as President of the corporation in 1997, FFMR has grown from $169 million to $1.61 billion in asset size.

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Localiza Rent A Car SA
 

OTCQX Video Series: Nora Lanari, Head of Investor Relations for Localiza Rent A Car SA (OTCQX: LZRFY), the largest car rental company in South America discusses how the company's three main business units work together. Watch Now.

 
 
Repsol S.A.
 

OTCQX Video Series: Paul Ferneyhough, Corporate Director of Finance & Investor Relations for Repsol S.A. (OTCQX: REPYY; REPYF) provides an update on the company's recent oil discovery in Alaska, which is believed to be the largest onshore conventional oil discovery in the U.S. in the last 30 years. Watch Now.

 
 
Monthly Trade Summary - July 2017
 
 
Market Designations Number
of Securities*
Monthly
$ Volume
Monthly $ Volume
per Security
YTD $ Volume*
 
OTCQX 407 $3,050,860,340 $7,495,971 $25,721,874,729
OTCQB 978 $1,128,461,147 $1,153,845 $12,832,125,846
Pink 8,457 $11,737,284,062 $1,387,877 $88,900,128,474
Total 9,842 $15,916,605,550 $1,617,212 $127,454,129,050
 

*Data as of July 31, 2017

 
 
Q2 2017 Quarterly Index Performance
 
 
Index Symbol Performance
OTCQX Composite OTCQX 4.7%
OTCQX Billion+ OTCQXBIL 4.6%
OTCQX Dividend OTCQXDIV 4.7%
OTCQX Banks OTCQXBK 5.2%
OTCQX International OTCQXINT 4.6%
OTCQX Canada OTCQXCAN 0.8%
OTCQX U.S. OTCQXUS 11.9%
OTCQB Venture OTCQB -2.4%
OTCM QX ADR 30 Index OTCQX30 3.2%
OTCM ADR OTCDR 5.6%

 

 

 
 
Events
 

TS Partners User Conference 2017 – Atlantic City, NJ (September 5-7, 2017)

CrowdInvest Summit – Los Angeles, CA (September 6-7, 2017)

FISD Member Mixer – New York, NY (September 7, 2017)

IR Magazine Conference – Small Cap 2017 – New York, NY (September 13, 2017)

STA National Market Structure Conference – Washington, D.C. (September 13-15, 2017)

World Financial Information Conference – Barcelona, Spain (September 24-27, 2017)

Sidoti & Company Fall 2017 Conference – New York, NY (September 28, 2017)

EQS Germany Roadshow – Munich, Germany (September 29, 2017) | Frankfurt, Germany (October 5, 2017)

OTCQX Virtual Investor Conference – Webcast (October 5, 2017)

OTCQX Annual Issuers Forum – Toronto, Canada (October 18, 2017)

World Funding Summit & Capital Expo – Los Angeles, CA (November 17-18, 2017)

LD Micro: 10th Annual Main Event – Los Angeles, CA (December 5-7, 2017)

Please contact events@otcmarkets.com for more information.

 
 
News
 

OTCQX now recognized in 25 statesBankless Times (July 12, 2017)

Jason Paltrowitz, Executive VP at OTC Markets, Joins CfPA BoardCrowdfund Insider (July 18, 2017)

SEC White Paper Highlights Risk of Penny Stocks, Even as the Demand and Market for Micro-Cap Funds Continues to GrowHuffington Post (July 19, 2017)

Corporate Stock Transfer has joined OTC Markets’ Transfer Agent Verified Shares ProgramCrowdfund Insider (July 19, 2017)

OTC Markets Expands Transfer Agent ListTraders (July 21, 2017)

In a First, Suncrest Quarterly Earnings Top Million-Dollar MarkThe Business Journal (July 21, 2017)

Analysts Hope Companies Will Pay for Research About ThemselvesBloomberg (July 27, 2017)

 
 
New OTCQX and OTCQB Companies
 

Welcome to the companies that joined the OTCQX Best Market and the OTCQB Venture Market in July 2017.

The OTCQX Best Market
Aerkomm Inc. (OTCQX: AKOM)
Isoenergy Ltd. (OTCQX: ISENF)
Quantum Genomics (OTCQX: QNNTF)
Repro Med Systems, Inc. (OTCQX: REPR)
Siyata Mobile, Inc. (OTCQX: SYATF)

The OTCQB Venture Market
ABcann Global Corp (OTCQB: ABCCF)
Alltemp, Inc. (OTCQB: LTMP)
BioCardia, Inc. (OTCQB: BCDA)
Clarocity Corporation (OTCQB: CLRYF)
Continental Energy Corp. (OTCQB: CPPXF)
Corex Gold Corp. (OTCQB: CGEKF)
Drone USA, Inc (OTCQB: DRUS)
Electrameccanica Vehs Corp (OTCQB: ECCTF)
Equitorial Exploration Corp. (OTCQB: EQTXF)
First Harvest Corp. (OTCQB: HVST)
IGS Capital Group Ltd.  (OTCQB: IGSC)
Kraken Sonar Inc (OTCQB: KRKNF)
Lexington Biosciences Inc (OTCQB: LXGTF)
LottoGopher Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: LTTGF)
Lucky Minerals, Inc. (OTCQB: LKMNF)
Northern Superior Resources, Inc. (OTCQB: NSUPF)
PhotoMedex, Inc. (OTCQB: PHMD)
Tapinator, Inc. (OTCQB: TAPM)
The Chron Organization, Inc. (OTCQB: CHRO)
True Leaf Medicine International Inc. (OTCQB: TRLFF)

 
 
Graduates to an Exchange Listing
 

The following companies graduated to an exchange listing in July 2017.

 

Graduated from the OTCQX Best Market
Auryn Resources Inc. (NYSE MKT: AUG)
BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX)
Caledonia Mining Corp PLC (NYSE MKT: CMCL)
Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CODA)

 

Graduated from the OTCQB Venture Market
BIO-key International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKYI)
MYnd Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND)
Tyme Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TYME)