Eurotour 2014 – CSE Heads to Europe for Whirlwind Investor Roadshow

With the suds and sizzle of Oktoberfest now a distant (and potentially fuzzy) memory, business is back on the agenda in Munich, Germany. The city, which hosts the annual two-week long beer and sausage festival, will now entertain one of the continent’s premier resource shows: the Internationale Edelmetall & Rohstoffmess.

This year, however, “München” as well as several other European cities will also welcome some special guests from Canada.

Life on the Road

CSE_Eurotrip_2014A delegation including representatives from the CSE, Zimtu Capital and several CSE-listed companies are touching down in Europe for a 7-day, 4-city investment roadshow spanning two countries, 900+ kms and countless beer tastings.

Beginning in Frankfurt on November 5th, the roadshow will then head to Munich, for the above mentioned precious metals and commodities show for November 7th and 8th.  From Germany, it’s off to Switzerland with stops in Zurich on November 10th  and Geneva on November 12th.

Why Europe and Why Now?

CSE CEO Richard Carleton believes the roadshow offers a unique opportunity to build new relationships and promote the CSE to an interested audience.

“We’ve been encouraged many times to take our message to key financial hubs overseas whose investors have historically participated in Canadian capital markets” said Carleton.

Canadian capital markets have often benefited from overseas investments and, according to Carleton, the opportunity to generate growth is there for the CSE and its issuers.  European investors, as it turns out, appear to have a particular appetite for Canadian-listed securities.

Carleton will also serve as a featured speaker in all four cities, discussing key issues shaping Canadian and global securities markets and explaining opportunities the exchange provides for both investors and prospective issuers.

Meet the Team

Other speakers joining the tour include Chris Berry of House Mountain Partners LLC and noted analyst Dr. Hans Bocker.

Participating from the CSE are SecureCom Mobile Inc. (CSE:SCE), Pasinex Resources Ltd. (CSE:PSE) and Biomark Diagnostics Inc. (CSE:BUX).  Also accompanying this group will be Urban Barn Foods Inc. and True Leaf Medicine Inc.

It is estimated that the four events will attract attendees numbering close to 8,000.

Keep Track of the Roadshow Highlights

As a special feature, CSE representatives will be sharing their experiences and chronicling the journey from Frankfurt to Geneva as well as places in between on the CSE blog.  Be sure to tune in to the best and ‘wurst’ of the trip!

Click here for the detailed EuroTrip schedule

Upcoming Event: TakeStock! Alberta

The CSE is proud to be a sponsor of the second TakeStock! AB Investor Forum in Calgary on Nov. 5th.

TakeStock! AB is being hosted at the Ramada Hotel Downtown, 708 -8 Ave SW, Calgary from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

This growing event provides investors with an opportunity to connect with a diverse range of emerging companies – with a focus on technology and other sectors outside of oil and gas.

In the organizer’s own words:

[TakeStock! AB is] The ideal investor forum for connecting with Alberta investors and investment professionals. The show features senior company management from a diversified selection of  public and private companies.

For further details and registration, please visit the the TakeStock website here.



Demand for Efficient Capital Raising Fuels CSE Growth

Summer may be long gone but the heat is still on at the Canadian Securities Exchange. With September in the books and October about to draw to a close, the CSE has just announced that the first half of the fall season has brought with it continued positive performance for listing, capital raising and trading volume metrics.

250 Listings and Growing

With the addition of Fundamental Applications Corp (CSE:FUN) the CSE officially crossed the 250 active issuer mark. This milestone of 250 active issuers marks the first time in the exchange’s history that there have been this many active issuers.

Listings have grown by over 23% since the end of September 2013, with 60 issuers joining just this year from across various sectors.

Turning up the Volume

Listings aren’t the only component of the CSE’s business that are experiencing record-breaking growth; trading volume is also having a banner year.


In the period between July and September of 2014, trading volume represented the second most active quarter ever on the CSE with 549 million shares traded, representing a 252% increase over previous year’s comparable period. Year to date, there have been over 1.8 billion shares traded representing over $426 million in value.

Improved Mileage

The message the market seems to be telling the CSE is ‘stay the course’. Not only has the CSE’s approach of lowering financial and operational burdens helped make financial capital easier to access, support initiatives for listed issuers has helped to contribute intellectual capital.

For example, this past summer, the CSE held an information session for listed companies interested in listing on the OTC Market in the US. Also, the CSE just completed an event for listed companies focused on delivering successful investor roadshows in advance of companies touring Europe looking to raise capital.

Building Long Term Value

Although the achievements to date are noteworthy, it looks like the close of 2014 will have several more pieces of positive news. Interest in joining the CSE remains high and there are already a number of issuers in the process of coming aboard.

As this past year of new listings has shown, putting a premium on efficiency and growth is not restricted to any one sector or company. Despite their diversity of business types, many emerging and growing companies agree on a simple fact: the more lean the operation, the better the odds of being able to run the marathon instead of being held back by costs.

Upcoming Event: Small-Cap Conference Vancouver – Fall 2014

The Canadian Securities Exchange will once again be attending and co-sponsoring the fall edition of the Small-Cap Conference in Vancouver.

Along with insightful analyst presentations, the evening conference will also feature company presentations from a number of small-cap firms, including CSE-listed Newlox Gold Ventures (LUX).

The event is free to attend and will also include refreshments, prize draws as well as the opportunity to meet and greet fellow investors and company representatives.

For more details on the event and to register, click here.

Event Details: Fall 2014 Small-Cap Conference Vancouver

Date: November 6, 2014

Time: 6pm – 9pm PT

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre – Rooms 118-120, West Building


CSE Presents: Ten Keys to a Successful Investor Road Show – Vancouver

How, when and where a company presents its story can spell the difference between attracting investment capital or watching it go elsewhere.

To help empower companies to create effective presentations and make better choices with their marketing and investor relations budgets, the CSE, in partnership with Market Motion Media, will be sponsoring an exclusive workshop on how to plan and deliver a successful investor roadshow.

Join the CSE on Thursday October 30th from 9am to 1pm in downtown Vancouver to learn about tips, tools and best practices industry leaders use when taking their story on the road.

Included in the session are:

  • Public speaking tips for best presenting your company story
  • How to create compelling presentation decks
  • Key elements investors look for in corporate presentations

For more information, or to register for this event, click here. RSVP REQUIRED, SPACE LIMITED!


The CSE Quarterly – Issue 2 is now live!

The CSE is proud to present the second issue of its quarterly publication – the CSE Quarterly – Issue 2 is now live! The publication profiles some of the CSE’s most dynamic listed companies on the exchange, including the following listings:

Big Rock Labs Inc. (BLA)
Helius Medical Technologies Inc. (HSM)
Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (CMC)
Newnote Financial Corp. (NEU)
Axios Mobile Assets Corp. (AXA)
Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SL)
Chlormet Technologies Inc. (PUF)

Click below to access the full issue:

(Trouble accessing the publication below? CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ISSUE)

Strength in Numbers: CSE Pushing Towards Another Record Performance

As Canada’s “Exchange for Entrepreneurs”, one of the key goals for the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) is to create a favourable capital formation environment for our listed companies.

The numbers to date this year demonstrate that we are making good progress towards this goal: 82 companies have completed 135 financings raising a total of $104 million. Leaving aside one monster deal done some years back by one of our companies, this is the first time that CSE-listed companies have collectively raised more than $100 million in a single calendar year. It’s particularly gratifying that we reached this milestone with more than a quarter to go.

Combined with record trading numbers, and over 50 new securities listed this year it is clear that the exchange’s message is resonating with businesses looking to the public capital markets for investment.

Here is the quarterly breakdown for funds raised for 2014 YTD as compared with 2013:


More than Just Numbers

According to James Black, VP of Listings Development “this is a great milestone for the exchange – further proving that our proposition for the Canadian capital markets is very much in-line with the needs of companies seeking to raise capital for exciting early-stage businesses.”

Among the names of companies that successfully raised additional financing this year were Pivotal Therapeutics (PVO), Helius Medical Technologies (HSM), Novo Resources Corp. (NVO), VoodooVox Inc (now UpSnap – UP) and RESAAS Services Inc (RSS).

The companies raising money on the CSE come from a broad cross-section of industries.

There are signs of life in the beaten down mining sector, with 31% of the funding for transactions having been completed in the space. In addition, the technology sector has accounted for almost half of the activity (see chart below).


Staying the Course

With trading activity and financings pushing record levels, the CSE is hitting its stride as an exchange that more and more public companies are turning to as the best option to access capital. Underpinning the shift is a combination of factors that include pricing, simplicity and service.

For many public companies, especially early stage ones, the prospect of being able to effectively allocate resources to fund company activity is appealing. As the CSE’s CEO Richard Carleton put it:

“This funding milestone is a clear indication that we are supporting companies’ capital raising needs by providing the most efficient public market in Canada for raising money. Companies raising capital on the CSE are subject to fixed, low-fees, ensuring every dollar raised flows back to their business and not to the exchange”

Going into the final stretch of 2014, the momentum for the CSE looks good in all corners of the business. Best of all, entrepreneurs are gaining access to capital and are now better able to put that capital to work driving innovation and building successful enterprises.

That is the kind of good news story that everyone enjoys hearing again and again.


Continuing to Shine: Strong July Performance for the CSE

Records just can’t seem to catch a break this year. Across North America major equity markets have all pushed to new highs as the wave of demand for equities continues its surge upward.

Like many of its counterparts this year, the CSE has also enjoyed a record breaking summer.

In June, the CSE set a new record for the most number of listings on the exchange within a month and in July, the CSE entered into record territory for the all-time highest number of listings within a year. With 21 securities listed in June and July, the CSE has reached a milestone of 51 securities listed in 2014.

By the end of July, there were 8 new listings from a diverse set of sectors that joined the CSE bringing the grand total of listings on the exchange to 236.

Joining the exchange were:

  • Galahad Metals Inc. (now Rosehearty Energy) – RHX
  • Monarch Energy Limited – CHX
  • Eyelogic Systems Inc. – EYE.A
  • Target Capital Inc. – TCI
  • Grenadier Resource Corp. – GAD
  • GTO Resources Inc. (now Velocity Data) – GTR (VCT)
  • Evolving Gold Corp. – EVG
  • Goldrea Resources Corp. – GOR

Listings, however, weren’t the only strong point in July. Momentum in other critical areas of the exchange also remained positive.

Trading activity in July, for example, came in at approximately 250 million shares traded and trading value reached over $52 million. These figures are just shy of the record breaking figures from June demonstrating that there is substantial interest in names traded on the CSE.

Accessibility to the exchange also increased for traders in July. The CSE announced that Vantage Wire will now carry real-time quotes on securities traded on the exchange, joining the growing list of major quote data feed providers.

The home stretch of 2014 should prove to be an exciting one in the history of the CSE.  With listings deals already in the pipeline,  August will continue to add to the record-breaking summer.

What is especially noteworthy, however, is that these exceptional listing and trading figures have been posted in what were supposed to have been the typically ‘quiet’ months.

With major events coming up this fall as well as an expected pick-up in the activity across the markets, the CSE doesn’t seem like they’re going to give the record books much time to rest any time soon.

The CSE is Exhibiting and Speaking at Upcoming Canvest 2014 in Toronto

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the upcoming Canadian Investor Conference in Toronto (Canvest) on September 25-26. This show will be a slight shift from the usually scheduled Toronto Resource Investment Conference as it will be broadening the scope of the show across the resource and technology sectors.

The CSE is scheduled to be housed at exhibit booth #809. We applaud the organizers at Cambridge House International for organizing a show that presents investment opportunities across several sectors as this is certainly tailoring the show to the appetites of today’s investment community in Toronto.

Richard_Carleton_canvestAdditionally, CSE CEO Richard Carleton will be participating on the panel titled, “Alternative Financing Methods” along with OTC Markets Group CEO Cromwell Coulson – we are looking forward to hearing their insight regarding the evolution of North American capital markets.

Mark your calendars for this show and we will be sure to see you there. Pre-registration is now open by following the link here.

See you in September!

Seminar Video: Harnessing the Power of Cross-Border Markets

The CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange, in partnership with OTC Markets Group, Clark Wilson LLP, and Canaccord Genuity (US) hosted a special presentation for companies interested in discovering the benefits of a cross-border market presence in Canada and the US.

(See the event photo gallery here)

Held on July 17th, 2014 in Vancouver – topics covered included an update on the CSE, OTC Markets Group’s listing standards and processes, market making, and insights on optimizing a cross-border market presence. Watch the entire event below:

Part 1 – CSE Presentation by James Black

Part 2 – OTC Markets Presentation by Steven Jenkins

Part 3 – Panel: Harnessing the Power of Cross-Border Markets

Part 4 – Panel: Harnessing the Power of Cross-Border Markets