The OTC Markets divide issuers into three (3) levels of quotation marketplaces: OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink Open Market. The OTC Pink Open Market, which involves the highest-risk, highly speculative securities, is further divided into three tiers: Current Information, Limited Information and No Information. Companies trading on the OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink Current Information tiers of OTC Markets have the option of reporting directly to OTC Markets under its Alternative Reporting Standards. The Alternative Reporting Standards are more robust for the OTCQB and OTCQX in that they require audited financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and audited by a PCAOB qualified auditor in the same format as would be included in SEC registration statements and reports.
Effective April 16, 2019, the OTC Markets has implemented rule changes for companies listed on the OTCQB. Effective May 2, 2019, OTC Markets has implemented changes to the initial and continued quotation requirements for companies listed on the OTCQX. This is the second set of amendments implemented this year. Effective January 19, 2019, OTC Markets amended its rules to require all U.S.-incorporated OTCQB and OTCQX companies to provide verified share data through a transfer agent that participates in its Transfer Agent Verified Shares Program. See my blog HERE, which includes an as of then up to date summary of the OTCQX initial and ongoing listing requirements.
The May 2019 OTCQX amendments: (i) add a 10% freely tradeable public float requirement; (ii) amend the SPAC qualifications to require a $20 million public float replacement the former $25 million net tangible asset requirement; (iii) adding that in the event that the company’s closing bid price falls below