Canadian Markets Need To Consider Listing Somewhere other than the US and the TSX, Frankfurt Appears to be the best Option
August 14th 2010 (Frankfurt, Germany)
Canadian markets are facing the potential of a second recession with the capital markets and brokerage firms preparing for potentially another slide in investor confidence. With September approaching, which is not typically a good month in North America, Canadian companies need to consider where they can best access capital for their company.
The US Market takes at least 6-12 months to list a Canadian Company, and relatively similar within the TSXV and CNSX, therefore, choosing to list in these markets not only takes long, but the initial sponsor raised capital may not be readily available as brokers scale back on the number of deals they are doing. Thus, the company puts the ball into the hands of regulators, brokers, and debtors to scrutinize their activity and viability over a long arduous period of time.
The Frankfurt Stock Exchange experience in contrast lists companies within a 5-6 week period, of which, investor road-shows can begin immediately upon listing and capital raising activities allow Canadian mining, technology, and industrial firms to raise $5 – $10 Million dollars without being held back by regulatory approvals or broker dealer options and warrants.
Why list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and why is it superior to the alternatives?
- The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the world’s third largest trading center for securities and Germany’s largest exchange.
- German investors, both institutional and private, who have held back from investing for many years by government restraints and their own conservatism, are now actively searching for small to mid-size Australian, U.S. and Canadian companies to invest in.
- The German Frankfurt Exchange has a primary market consisting of more than 100 million people, and has the fastest rate of growth and the highest income per head in the EU.
- European investors invest for the long term. And in most European countries there are major tax benefits for holding on to purchased stock for a certain amount of time as opposed to “dumping” it immediately into the market. The lack of investors that instantly sell a company’s stock allows for stability in stock price and opportunities for growth. Compared to the listing on other exchanges, such as the NASDAQ, OTC Bulletin Board, Canadian Venture Exchange (TSX) or the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London, Frankfurt stands out because of the ease of entry, (Audited financials are not required), fast process and low annual fees.
- Today, with a total turnover of €5.2 trillion per year the Frankfurt Stock Exchange strengthens its position as the world’s 3rd largest trade-place for stocks and the world’s 2nd largest by market capitalization.
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