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December 15, 2016
 
 
New OTC Compliance Analytics Product
 

This month, we announced the launch of our compliance analytics product, designed to provide broker-dealers and investment managers an efficient, automated tool for analyzing OTCQX, OTCQB, Pink and Grey Market securities.

Our new OTC Compliance Analytics Product updates and expands upon our award-winning OTC Compliance Data File to provide important current and historical compliance data points for OTC securities, as well as an overall ranking based on 16 factors, including Penny Stock status, Caveat Emptor status, Name Changes, Price/Volume Changes and Changes to Shares Outstanding.

With financial compliance and regulatory burdens on the rise, our OTC Compliance Analytics Product provides the tool for financial institutions to more efficiently analyze and quantify risk for OTCQX, OTCQB, Pink and Grey Market securities, as well as expand the breadth of securities that broker-dealers can recommend to investors.

Broker-dealers and investment managers interested in learning more about our product or to subscribe may contact our Market Data team at +1 (212) 220-2166 or e-mail marketdata@otcmarkets.com.

 
 
 
OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink Market Designations Displayed on New Platforms
 
 

Bloomberg Professional Terminal

The OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink market designations are now displayed on the Bloomberg Professional terminal. The designations are displayed for the US composite ticker of OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink securities through the PQ048 and DX984 fields as well as through the DES screen under the title “Tier” in the Issue Information section.

EDGAR Online

EDGAR Online, a division of Donnelley Financial Solutions and the premier provider of SEC filing data, now displays the OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink market designations across its key data products, including the EDGAR Pro® platform, current APIs and IR Solutions, allowing customers to easily filter and search by market designation. Learn More.

 
 
Transfer Agent
 
Transfer Agent Verified Shares Program
 

Transfer agents ClearTrust, LLC, Equity Stock Transfer, Nevada Agency and Transfer as well as West Coast Stock Transfer Inc. have joined our Transfer Agent Verified Shares Program - a new initiative to improve the availability and accuracy of share data. Verified share data for these transfer agents as well as Direct Transfer LLC, Olde Monmouth Stock Transfer and VStock Transfer's OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink issuer clients is available on www.otcmarkets.com & via market data feeds. Learn More.

 
 
 
 
Community Spotlight
 

Timothy K. Schools, CEO of
Highlands Bankshares, Inc. (OTCQX: HLND)


"With the 2014 capital raise, Highlands expanded its shareholder base beyond the local Abingdon community to include many institutional investors.  As we grow, we expect to need additional capital.  OTCQX requirements make available to us a much broader set of potential investors."

 

OTC Markets Group (OTCM): Tell us about your bank.

Timothy Schools: Highlands formed as a community bank a little over thirty years ago in an effort to serve the quaint and historical town of Abingdon, Virginia.  Through the years, it expanded to other local markets where it developed a reputation as a preferred provider of financial services.  Currently, Highlands is recognized by local residents as the best bank in Smyth County, Virginia and Watauga County, North Carolina and second best bank in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia.

Read the full interview.

OTCM: What were your major accomplishments for the last year?

Mr. Schools: Like many banks over recent years, Highlands experienced financial challenges during the economic crisis. The bank had severe credit losses resulting in a large capital raise in 2014. In 2016, a new management team was assembled principally from the former National Commerce Financial which was acknowledged in the industry and on Wall Street for leading financial performance over several decades. This team has worked to stabilize and improve the company’s return on equity and develop a growth strategy. From an earnings standpoint, 2016 has been a flat year as the bank elected to absorb certain expenses to accelerate the remaining credit risk and to better align operating expenses. As we enter 2017, Highlands is a new bank with stronger risk management and renewed energy. All indications are it will be a great year.

OTCM: What differentiates your bank and what is your strategy for growth going forward?

Mr. Schools: The banking industry is experiencing rapid change like many others. Whereas banks used to seek and service customers within small geographic areas, the walls are down and banks now have the ability to target customers nearly anywhere. Similarly, customers have become very comfortable banking with organizations that might not have a physical presence or that have a smaller physical presence. We feel Highlands is in a unique position to take advantage of this rapid change. Banks with large amounts of brick and mortar are contemplating how to consolidate and reduce their real estate and headcount as well as how to develop a new model of growing without those resources. New Fintech companies are working to establish a brand and are evaluating ways to offer personal service which is desired by the majority of customers. Combining a company with 30 years of infrastructure and processes but with a very small branch network with a very experienced management team, provides flexibility. We are hopeful we will be an employer of choice going forward, as talented employees who were acquired buy the large banks look to avoid the rapid cost cutting and consolidation of the large banks and the uncertainty of the start ups. Our initial success has been very positive, as our established brand and back office allowed us to attract two talented banking teams from much larger banks.

OTCM: You joined OTCQX in April 2016. How are you leveraging the market as part of your investor relations program?

Mr. Schools: With the 2014 capital raise, Highlands expanded its shareholder base beyond the local Abingdon community to include many institutional investors. As we grow, we expect to need additional capital. OTCQX requirements makes available to us a much broader set of potential investors. With members of our management having had prior experience with NASDAQ and NYSE listings, we feel OTCQX is the best value for our shareholders as we seek to increase the liquidity and demand for our stock.

OTCM: What else do you want investors to know about your bank?

Mr. Schools: Highlands is a shareholder friendly company. The company has a strong focus on operational excellence, capital allocation, and employee ownership with shareholder ownership guidelines existing at both the board and executive management level. No member of management is eligible for annual bonuses or long term equity awards unless they own at least one times their annual base salary in HLND common stock.

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OTCQX Video Series
 
OTCQX Video Series
 

Ursula Wilhelm, Head of Investor Relations for Grupo Financiero Banorte, S.A.B. De C.V. (OTCQX: GBOOY; GBOOF), Mexico’s third largest financial group, discusses Banorte’s 2016 performance and expected results, Mexico’s economy and the company’s trading on OTCQX. Watch the full interview.

 
 
OTC Markets Blog
 
Quality Recommendations
 

OTC Markets Blog: At first look, FINRA Rule 2114, Recommendations to Customers in OTC Equity Securities (The OTC Rec Rule), seems onerous and vague. But several key exemptions allow firms to recommend ~1800 securities without engaging in company specific due diligence. Read the full post.

 
6 Key Takeaways from Our Reg A+ Bootcamp
 
6 Key Takeaways on Reg A+
 

OTC Markets Blog: We recently held a Regulation A+ Bootcamp at our OTC Market Center in Manhattan to educate public and private companies about how to do a successful Reg A+ offering and go public under the JOBS Act. Here are our six top takeaways from the event.

 
Demystifying Market Making
 
Demystifying Market Making
 

Why is Market Making So Important to Well-Functioning Markets?

This educational tutorial by KCG, one of the market makers on our markets, provides a clear picture of what market making is and how it works. Watch Now.

 
 
 
Monthly Trade Summary - November 2016
 
 
Market Designations Number
of Securities*
Monthly
$ Volume
Monthly $ Volume
per Security
YTD $ Volume*
 
OTCQX 454 $3,402,959,838 $7,495,506 $33,003,043,492
OTCQB 937 $3,398,870,516 $3,627,396 $10,388,644,334
Pink 8,228 $14,172,888,944 $1,722,519 $127,762,581,667
Total 9,619 $20,974,719,299 $2,180,550 $171,154,269,495
 

*Data as of November 30, 2016

 
 
Events
 

LD Micro – Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 6-8, 2016)

Crowd Invest Summit – Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 7-8, 2016)

What Investors Must Learn Before Buying Mini-IPO Stocks: A Two-part Webinar – Webinar (Dec. 13, 2016)

Vancouver Resource Investment Conference 2017 – Vancouver, Canada (January 22-23, 2017)

Bank Director’s 23rd Annual Acquire or Be Acquired Conference – Phoenix, AZ (Jan. 29-31, 2017)

Noble Financial Conference – Boca Raton, FL (Jan. 29-31, 2017)

IR Magazine Awards and Investor Perception Seminar – Toronto, Canada (Feb. 2, 2017)

PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange – Toronto, Canada (March 5-8, 2017)

29th Annual ROTH Conference – Dana Point, CA (March 12-15, 2017)

Virtual Investor Conference for OTCQX Banks – Webcast (March 15, 2017)

Sidoti Spring 2017 Convention – New York, NY (March 29, 2017)

Please contact events@otcmarkets.com for more information.

 
 
News
 

OTC Markets Unveils Compliance Analytics Data ServiceInside Market Data (November 29, 2016)

SEC Forum Takes Stock of Reg A+ Market Progress – Growth Capitalist (November 23, 2016)

OTC Markets Expands with Addition of ClearTrust and Equity Stock Transfer – Finance Magnates (November 22, 2016)

Sneaking in the Back Door of the Financial Industry at the Global Alternative Funding Forum – Equities (November 15, 2016)

OTC Markets' Chief Eyes Inroads Among Smaller Issuers – Law360 (November 14, 2016)

 
 
New OTCQX and OTCQB Companies
 

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

The OTCQX Best Market
Checkpoint Therapeutics Inc (OTCQX: CKPT)
Penn VA Corp New (OTCQX: PVAC)
PixarBio Corporation (OTCQX: PXRB)
Titan Energy, LLC (OTCQX: TTEN)
Yangtze River Development Limited (OTCQX: YERR)

The OTCQB Venture Market
Addentax Group Corp (OTCQB: ATXG)
Bearing Res Ltd (OTCQB: BRGRF)
Black Sea Copper and Gold Corp. (OTCQB: BLSSF)
Blue Spa, Inc. (OTCQB: BUES)
China United Insurance Service, Inc. (OTCQB: CUII)
Crowd 4 Seeds Inc (OTCQB: CWWD)
CVR Med Corp (OTCQB: CRRVF)
Ehave Inc. (OTCQB: EHVVF)
Escalon Medical Corp. (OTCQB: ESMC)
Ethos Gold Corp. (OTCQB: ETHOF)
Exactus, Inc. (OTCQB: EXDI)
FANTASY ACES DAILY FANTASY SPORTS CORP (OTCQB: FASDF)
H/Cell Energy Corp (OTCQB: HCCC)
Horizon Minerals Corp. (OTCQB: HZNM)
Illumination Amer Inc (OTCQB: ILLU)
Oceanus Res Corp (OTCQB: OCNSF)
Patriot One Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: PTOTF)
Poverty Dignified, Inc. (OTCQB: PVDG)
Rizzen Inc (OTCQB: RZZN)
Route1 Inc. (OTCQB: ROIUF)
SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: SXPLW)
Signal Bay, Inc. (OTCQB: SGBY)
SIGNATURE RES LTD CDA (OTCQB: SGGTF)
THC Biomed International Ltd. (OTCQB: THCBF)
TRIMAX CONSULTING INC (OTCQB: TRMX)
Valterra Resource Corp. (OTCQB: VRSCF)
Versus Systems Inc. (OTCQB: VRSSF)
VW Win Century, Inc. (OTCQB: VWIN)

 
 
Graduates to an Exchange Listing
 

Congratulations to the OTCQX and OTCQB companies that graduated to an exchange listing in November.

The OTCQX Best Market
Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: DFFN)

The OTCQB Venture Market
FlexShopper, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPAY)
Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNUS)
Limbach Holdings, Inc  (NASDAQ: LMB)
Moxian, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOXC)
TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV)
Xenetic Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: XBIO)