Preview: Canadian Securities Exchange at PDAC 2014

PDAC_Logo_webIn just a few days, the 2014 edition of the PDAC conference will take place. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees from all over the world are expected to converge at the Toronto Convention Centre to learn about and discuss the latest trends, thoughts and technologies impacting the mining industry.

Among the dozens of topics that will be discussed in various panels and workshops, one of the burning issues on the minds of many attendees will be the current capital raising climate.

As many readers may already know, the CSE has been actively engaging in the conversation about finding ways to enable junior mining and exploration companies to successfully weather the current capital raising storm.

From the exhibition floor to the podium, the CSE will continue in its efforts to promote innovative and pragmatic solutions for junior mining and exploration companies as well as for the industry as a whole.

Here is a rundown of the events and activities the CSE will be participating in at PDAC 2014:

Mineral Outlook Luncheon, Monday March 3rd

Ned Goodman, Deputy Chairman of the CSE and President & CEO of Dundee Corporation will be the keynote speaker at the (now sold out) Mineral Outlook Luncheon on Monday March 3rd from 12PM-2PM

An Exchange with the Exchanges: The Role of Stock Exchanges in Facilitating Capital-Raising, Tuesday March 4th

CSE CEO Richard Carleton will be a member of a panel of guests representing stock exchanges in Canada, Australia and Peru as part of the session entitled “An Exchange with the Exchanges: The Role of Stock Exchanges in Facilitating Capital-Raising.” This panel will discuss the state of the mineral exploration industry and the role that stock exchanges can play in helping companies navigate the current capital environment. For more information on this session at 10:30AM please click here.

PDAC Investor Lunch & Networking Event, Tuesday March 4th

The CSE is co-sponsoring a lunch and networking event along with MNP LLP, and Chitiz Pathak LLP.  This event will feature presentations from CSE-listed companies as well as opportunities for PDAC attendees to network with one another.  Click the following link for more details on the PDAC Investor Lunch which is to be held on Tuesday March 4th from 11:30AM to 1PM.

Making the Switch to CSE, Tuesday March 4th

For those interested in learning more about how to make the transition to the CSE, be sure to register for and attend the Making the Switch session  on Tuesday, March 4th from 1:15PM-2PM.

In addition to events, the CSE will also be exhibiting at booths 2542 and 2544 where attendees can meet with members of our team as well as talk to representatives from several CSE listed companies.

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PDAC 2014 runs from March 2nd to March 5th in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information, including registration information and schedules, you can visit their website at http://www.pdac.ca/convention.

If you are attending, be sure to say hi to our team in person or via Twitter. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pictures from CSE’s Rebranding Mixer in Vancouver

CSE was thrilled to host it’s network of supporters from the professional community on February 18th at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver. This was the first leg in a series of events across Canada celebrating the new CSE branding and to extend a big THANK-YOU to everyone who has supported the exchange over the past decade.

A good time was had, including a rousing speech from CSE CEO Richard Carleton who presented a very exciting road map for the exchange over the coming months. Select pictures from the event are available in the gallery below:

CSE CEO speaks with Proactive Investors

Richard Carleton, CEO of CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange recently spoke with Proactive Investors and discussed the recent rebranding from CNSX to CSE, the advantages of listing on the exchange, and touched on the specific reasons why Ned Goodman and Tom Caldwell are active investors in the company.

CSE Chairman Talks Regulation on BNN

CSE Chairman Thomas Caldwell went One-on-One with Andrew McCreath on his weekly BNN program to discuss regulation and the markets and most pressingly addressed the question: Is too much regulation hurting the securities industry?

Click here to watch the entire interview discussing regulation

Tom Caldwell discussed regulation on BNN
Tom Caldwell discussed regulation on BNN

Tom, a vocal advocate of improving securities regulation in Canada, lent his thoughts on the current state of “over regulation” in the Canadian securities industry, exemplified by his early comments in the interview :

“I think we’ve reached a tipping point where the volume, the mass of regulation is so great – and a lot of it is not substantive in protecting investors – but the volume is representing a massive cost, not only to independent brokerage firms, but also to companies raising money – ergo it’s impacting the economy.”

Tom then touches on the spiralling growth of regulation as illustrated by this point:

“Take a look at the Ontario Securities Act – a year ago it was 2800 pages, this year it’s 3500 pages. it’s been expanding at 20% a year.”

One issue he is particularly concerned about is the upcoming Client Relationship Model, which could have dire consequences on transactional brokers that invest in junior companies:

“Brokers will no longer recommend junior or new companies to investors. The risk is too high for the broker – it’s going to hurt that industry big time.”

From a securities firm perspective, the increasing growth of regulation is making the business model of running a brokerage unsustainable:

“The costs of regulation are now the killer… typically one third to one half of all your administrative costs relate to regulation, that is an unsustainable business model.”

Ultimately, Tom offers his thesis on where the industry needs to look to improve, for the betterment of the economy:

“I think we should take a look at securities regulation and see how we can make it better – better being simpler… because in securities regulation less is more, simpler is better. Because it is easier to police and it is easier to focus on from the broker to comply.”

Not dismissing the importance of regulation (it is very important), Tom makes the telling statement about how growth in regulation can be misinterpreted as a positive by saying:

“Sarbanes-Oxley never saved one investor one dollar!”

The second portion of Tom’s interview focuses on his market outlook.

Click here to watch hear Tom’s view on the markets

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Some quick insights from the second portion of his interview with Andrew:

  • A self-identified “incurable optimist”, Tom is still positive on the markets – both in Canada and the US.
  • He still sees value in some stocks that others might not including Barrick Gold, bought as a turnaround last year (he’s a self-professed “garbage man”),  and US Banks including Citibank, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America – who have tremendous earning power when the economy improves. He believes they will become substantial dividend payers again as they gradually reacquire stock.
  • Likes Canadian banks as an investor but not as competitor.
  • Inflation will be back and it makes sense to own stuff rather then be a lender in this type of environment.
  • Tom discusses Urbana Corporation (CSE:URB) and thinks there is a great model with closed-end funds as they are cheaper to run than a mutual fund. He attests that a lot of fortunes were made in these vehicles 60 years ago.

A Chance to Do Better: Comments From Capital Ideas 2013

In October of 2013, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) held its annual Capital Ideas Conference with a particular focus on mining and venture capital markets.  A broad variety of topics were discussed such as raising capital, high frequency trading, retail investor participation.  The BCSC has put together a selection of videos of the panel discussion which is worthwhile to check out.

While it is intuitively simple, the impact of an entire economic sector losing altitude is jarring to the people and stakeholders within it.  In addition to the companies themselves, the broker dealers, financiers and even the exchanges have been impacted by the downturn in the sector.

This conference was an interesting forum for two key reasons. First, it allowed participants to confront the reality of adapting to new models of doing business. Second, and more importantly, it enabled stakeholders to think about the future of the marketplace and to challenge the existing ways of operating in the capital markets that don’t fit the current cycle for many junior mining and exploration companies.

A topic the CSE is particularly passionate about addressing is the current state of raising capital faced by many junior companies.  During a portion of the panel discussion that focused on the challenges facing public companies, CSE CEO Richard Carleton was invited to provide his thoughts on the subject.

According to Richard, despite the many challenges facing the industry, there are opportunities for positive change.

Some of the improvements to the marketplace he mentioned included:

  • Costs to be lowered for the dealers and companies that do business with exchanges
  • Promoting effective market making models
  • Levelling the playing field for access to market data

Check out the following video to hear Richards remarks on the possible opportunities to improve the marketplace for multiple participants.

CSE Chairman puts “our mouth where our money is” with Urbana listing on CSE

Urbana CorporationProactive Investors recently profiled one of CSE’s newest listings – Urbana Corporation – a closed-end investment company (CSE:URB and CSE:URB.A). The company’s Chairman, Thomas Caldwell is also the Chairman of CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange. In the article much is discussed around the reasons for co-listing URB shares on CSE. Other highlights from the article include:

  • A clear explanation of how the CSE listing model works and how it focuses on regular monthly disclosure from issuers in favour of exchange merit reviews from the exchange;
  • Prospects for the closed-end investment fund model that Urbana utilizes – predicting this will be a more popular vehicle as mutual funds lose their appeal;
  • Some insight into Urbana’s investment philosophy and the unique things the fund can do due to it’s size.

For the full article by Deborah Bacal please click here!

With CSE Market Hours “the early bird gets the worm!”

CSE recently consolidated its trading venues (CNSX and Pure) for the CSE rebranding.  You can read about this “Project One” initiative here.

Pure and CNSX are now CSE

This initiative introduces efficiencies and cost savings for our clients and most importantly, for the dealers that connect to our marketplace.

To clarify – CSE now trades both CSE-listed securities (like Gener8, CSE:GNR) as well as other Canadian listed securities all on one platform. Please note that CSE-listed securities do have slightly different trading hours in comparison to other Canadian securities trading on CSE. Here is a breakdown:

CSE listed market (formerly CNSX):
Hours are from 9:30-4pm.  Pre-open is 7am.  No after-hours trading.

CSE other listed market (formerly PURE):
Hours are from 8-5pm.  Pre-open is at 7am.  No after-hours trading.

Consequently, the CSE is Canada’s busiest venue for trading after 8am and is the preferred destination for early morning trading activity.

Bird.  Meet worm.