Penny Stocks are Quoted on the OTC Markets Pink Sheets
Penny Stocks are securities that are not listed on a national securities exchange like the NYSE or NASDAQ, and are also priced under Five Dollars ($5.00) Per Share. The SEC’s definition of a Penny Stock is found in SEC Rule 3a51-1. Penny Stocks are usually quoted on the over-the-counter (OTC) Markets on the Pink Sheets. As a practical matter, most Penny Stocks trade well under a dollar, and many trade below a penny.
Penny Stocks Can Be Quoted on the OTCQB
OTCMarkets has three market tiers where OTC stocks are quoted. These include Pink Sheets, OTCQB and OTCQX. While stock price is a criteria for uplisting on the OTCMarkets.com to OTCQB, the minimum share price is One Penny ($0.01), well below the Five Dollars ($5.00) per share used by the SEC to define a penny stock. Since there is no minimum asset or revenue criteria for uplisting to the OTCQB, many OTCQB stocks are considered Penny Stocks.
OTCQX Companies Are Not Technically Penny Stocks
Stock price is not the only criteria for Penny Stocks. Although OTCQX, the highest market tier on OTCMarkets.com, has an initial minimum bid price criteria for US OTCQX companies of only Twenty-Five Cents ($0.25) and an ongoing minimum price of Ten Cents ($.10), OTCQX companies are not technically Penny Stocks because they meet at least One (1) of the exceptions to the Penny Stock Rule below.
Exceptions to the Penny Stock Rules
OTCQX securities are not Penny Stocks, because the criteria for quotation on the OTCQX requires these securities meet One (1) of these exclusions from the Penny Stock Rules:
- Net tangible assets greater than Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) if the company has been in operation at least Three (3) Years; or
- Net tangible assets of greater than Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) if the company has been in operation less than Three (3) Years; or
- Revenue of at least Six Million Dollars ($6,000,000) for the last Three (3) Years.
Legal Opinion Letters for Shareholders with Restricted Penny Stocks
OTC Markets and Bulletin Board securities lawyer Matt Stout issues Rule 144 legal opinions and Section 4(a)(1) opinions for shareholders who own penny stocks and over-the-counter stocks, as well as OTC Markets Pink Sheets seeking to become current or to uplist on the OTCQB.
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