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OTC Markets Newsletter December 2012

OTC Markets Partners with BNY Mellon to Launch First-Ever OTC ADR Index

American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) have long offered U.S. investors convenient access to global investment opportunities. Instead of establishing a brokerage account in a foreign country for the purpose of buying shares in an overseas company, U.S. investors can purchase a security that translates to shares of that company in U.S. dollars.

Today, a wide variety of ADRs — more than 1,400 — trade on the OTCQX®, OTCQB® and OTC Pink® marketplaces, a fivefold increase from just 10 years ago. In the first nine months of 2012, 251 new OTC ADR programs were established. This includes companies in every industry from almost every country across the globe.

To highlight all the great ADRs trading on our marketplaces, this month we partnered with BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, to launch the OTCM ADR Index, the first-ever index of ADRs traded on the OTCQB, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces.

The Index, which can be found under the ticker symbol “OTCDR” on most data terminals, is designed to benchmark the fast-growing and diverse number of ADR investment opportunities available to investors through their U.S. brokers. It is comprised of 535 large-cap international companies traded on our marketplaces. In all, 38 countries are represented across 10 industries.

OTCM ADR Index — Top 10 Components

We are excited about this development as it demonstrates the high quality and maturity of the OTCQX marketplace, and brings added visibility to the ADRs traded there. It is our hope that this will help more investors tap into this rapidly growing market and lead to the creation of new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and index funds that include these global securities.

The OTCM ADR Index is a rules-based index that is market capitalization-weighted, adjusted for free float, and has various liquidity screens to ensure tradability. It is also priced in real-time and disseminated on all electronic platforms.

OTCM ADR Index data will be available on the OTC Markets Group (www.otcmarkets.com) and BNY Mellon DR Index (www.bnymellondrindex.com) websites.

To read the full press release about this news announcement, click here.

Contact us with any questions at marketdata@otcmarkets.com.

OTC Events

OTC Markets Group has attended or will attend the following events to educate investors, broker-dealers, and OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink companies about our marketplaces.

35TH Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law (Feb. 7-8, 2013)

Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired Conference (Jan. 27-29, 2013)

STANY’s 22nd Annual International Conference & Cocktail Reception (Jan. 10, 2013)

The DealFlow Conference 2012 (Dec. 18, 2012)

49 North Resource Conference (Dec. 12-13, 2012)

IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China 2012 (Dec. 11, 2012)

IR Magazine Awards & Conference - South East Asia 2012 (Dec. 6, 2012)

LD Micro Conference (Dec. 5-6, 2012)

 

Contact us if you are interested in meeting us at one of these events.

OTC Markets News

“I Was a Frustrated Trader” - The Motley Fool (Dec. 19, 2012)

O-T-C Trading for Experienced Investors - Forbes.com & Forbes Magazine (Dec. 10 & Dec. 24, 2012)

Tax Code Rewards Debt, Penalizes Dividends - Forbes.com (Dec. 7, 2012)

New index from BNY Mellon and OTC Markets highlights potential of ADR ETFs - ETF Strategy (Dec. 3, 2012)

OTC Markets, BNY Mellon Launch ADR Index - Inside Market Data (Dec. 3, 2012)

OTC Markets Group and PR Newswire Announce Enhanced News Distribution through the OTCIQ.com Portal - (Nov. 27, 2012)

OTC Product Updates

OTC Markets Group and BNY Mellon have partnered to launch the first-ever OTCM ADR Index, a comprehensive index for American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) traded on OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces. Click here to read more. 

OTC Markets Group and PR Newswire have partnered to help OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink companies widely disseminate company news, target new investors and mitigate compliance risk. Companies now have a one-stop shop to distribute their company information both through OTC Markets Group’s OTC Disclosure & News Service and PR Newswire’s expansive network. Click here to read more.

Market Data Updates

RSS Feeds: ADVFN, a leading provider of information to the retail investment community, began incorporating OTC Markets Group’s RSS feed across its various platforms.

1600+ dividend-paying companies trade on the OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces.

OTC Markets Monthly Trade Summary - November 2012

OTC Marketplace # Securities* Monthly Dollar Volume Monthly Dollar Volume
per Security
Aggregate Market Capitalization
(in Millions)*
OTCQX® 401 $1,857,364,334 $4,631,831 $1,235,233
OTCQB® 3,349 $2,271,181,762 $678,167 $178,514
OTC Pink® Current Information 2,449 $5,374,841,001 $2,194,708 $11,019,705
OTC Pink Limited Information 675 $129,963,147 $192,538 $9,609
OTC Pink No Information 3,100 $168,947,697 $54,499 $36,742
Totals 9,974 $9,802,297,941
$982,785 $12,503,464
* Selected data as of November 30, 2012.

OTCQX Case Study - LiqTech

Read about why LiqTech (OTCQX: LIQT) decided to upgrade from OTCQB to OTCQX and how it leverages OTCQX to provide the best informed and most efficient marketplace for its investors: Click here to read more.

LiqTech

OTCQX - New Additions

3 companies joined OTCQX in November.

A complete list of OTCQX companies is available on www.otcqx.com.

OTC Marketplaces

OTCQX
The intelligent marketplace for the best OTC companies with the highest financial standards and superior information availability.

OTCQB
The venture marketplace for companies that are current in their reporting with a U.S. regulator.

OTC Pink
The open marketplace for a wide spectrum of equity securities.

For questions, please contact OTC Markets Group.
www.otcmarkets.com • 212-430-3690 • info@otcmarkets.com

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