OTC Markets Group Inc. ("OTC Markets" or "the Company") (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, today announced it has acquired theOTC.today, an independent website that monitors and analyzes stock promotion campaigns, effective May 30. As a result of the transaction, the Company has obtained access to valuable research and historical data on stock promotions that will be used to enhance OTC Markets' issuer compliance processes and compliance data product offerings. The acquisition was funded by cash on hand.
Since its launch in April 2011, theOTC.today has tracked and published data on stock promotion schemes and raised public awareness of fraudulent promoters in OTC and exchange listed securities. In the acquisition, OTC Markets will take over the data collection process and incorporate data into its existing market data products. Expanding the data availability will allow all market participants to better identify the subset of securities that are undergoing promotions. In addition, the Company will make key promotion data publicly-available on its website. OTC Markets has assumed ownership of theOTC.today website.
"Manipulative stock promotion harms all public markets. This acquisition continues our strategy of increasing the quality and availability of unique market data to help investors, broker-dealers and regulators make better informed decisions," said R. Cromwell Coulson, President and CEO of OTC Markets Group. "By providing better data around this small subset of securities we will enhance the transparency of trading and improve the efficiency of small company capital formation."
"The integration of theOTC.today's stock promotion data will be an important addition to our growing OTC compliance data product offerings, which help investment managers and broker-dealers manage risk and uncover opportunities," said Matthew Fuchs, Executive Vice President of Market Data and Strategy at OTC Markets Group.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.