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Welcome to Nasdaq International Designation Program

Boost global credibility, increase visibility and attract more interest from U.S. Investors

Program Overview

Nasdaq has created a designation for Level 1 ADRs and International companies called the Nasdaq International Designation.

As a comprehensive program, the International Designation will increase the visibility, and could improve the liquidity for shares that trade in the U.S. on the OTC. The program does not impose SEC filing requirements or otherwise change your regulatory obligations.

Universe of Level 1 ADRs

Companies that have Level 1 ADRs have a listing on an exchange outside the U.S. and comply with their home market's regulatory environment. Their Level 1 ADRs trade in the U.S. on the over-the-counter (OTC) market. Level 1 ADRs do not report to the SEC, unlike Level 2 ADRs that do file with the SEC and are listed on U.S. exchanges.

Level 1 ADRs Market Cap

There are hundreds of sponsored and unsponsored Level 1 ADRs, representing a total market cap of $15.8 Trillion USD globally. All Level 1 ADRs trade on the OTC regardless of whether they are a member of the Nasdaq International Designation program or have a competing designation. Nasdaq recognized a need to increase the visibility of these international companies with U.S. investors. Nasdaq launched the Nasdaq International Designations on December 9th 2015, with the first group of international companies below. The Nasdaq International Designation is also available to international companies that don’t have Level 1 ADRs, but have shares that trade directly on the OTC market in the U.S.

Trading

Nasdaq International is a designation. The companies are not listed or traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, and are not subject to the same listing or qualification standards applicable to securities listed or traded on an exchange. The U.S. shares continue to trade on the OTC.


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Features

A Full-Service Offering


Investor Relations Tools & Services

  • Market Intelligence Desk – An assigned Director that is a resource for any trading related questions and sets up daily trading reports.
  • Nasdaq Online – Proprietary peer comparison and strategic equity management tool providing detailed views into trading & ownership activity. Private log-in required.
  • Blue Sky Monitoring Service – Helps monitor Blue Sky compliance on a state-by-state basis.
  • PR Distribution - Additional services include U.S. press release distribution and XBRL.

Visibility For Your Brand

  • Use our Event Space at the Nasdaq MarketSite for your Investor Day or Corporate Event
  • Run your ads on our Tower & Marquee in New York's Times Square

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International Designation Requirements & Application

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Benefits

BENEFITS
BENEFIT OVERVIEW
Increase LiquidityHighlight your company to U.S. investors letting them know you have shares that trade in the U.S. market to increase liquidity
Increase VisibilityDistinguish your company from other OTC securities that can’t meet the Nasdaq International Designation requirements
Highlight Corporate QualificationsEnsures that companies are meeting the high program requirements even though they are not SEC filers and trade on the OTC
Communicate to Investment CommunityBroad communication to the investment community that the companies are members of the Nasdaq International Designation
Amplify Your Brand to U.S. Investor Community Via Nasdaq's AssetsAccess to our visibility assets to increase communication & profile with U.S. investors
Increase U.S. VisibilityIncrease the visibility in the U.S. market
Access to IR ToolsAccess to investor relations tools & services to better understand trading of the U.S. shares and identify & targeting U.S. investors


International Designation Requirements & Application

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Amplify Your Brand

Utilize Nasdaq's Visibility Assets  

Nasdaq is a globally recognized name. Our listed markets around the globe have a total market cap of $9.6 Trillion with approximately 3,200 listed companies for an average market cap of $2.9 Billion.

Use Our MarketSite Event Space
Host your Investor Day at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, New York City.
Find out more about our space >

Advertise on the Nasdaq Tower and Marquee
Use these Times Square icons to run your ads or create branding for your company.
See some past examples of other brands >


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Nelson Griggs

“Through Nasdaq International Designation, we are able to help world-class companies such as Macquarie and Qantas Airways gain unparalleled visibility and enhanced exposure to the U.S. investment community.”

- Nelson Griggs, Executive Vice President, Nasdaq







Current List of NID Companies

Current List of Companies

The following global corporations were the first Nasdaq International Designation Companies.

DATE
SYMBOL
COMPANY
TYPE
COUNTRY
January 18, 2017
AXXIY
Alexium International Group Ltd.
Nasdaq International
Australia
June 2, 2016
CLVLY
Clinuvel
Nasdaq International
Australia
June 2, 2016
NJDCY
Nidec Group
Nasdaq International Select
Japan
May 19, 2016
MQBKY
Macquarie Group
Nasdaq International Select
Australia
December 9, 2015QABSYQantas Airways Ltd.Nasdaq International SelectAustralia
December 9, 2015RKUNYRakuten Inc.Nasdaq International SelectJapan
December 9, 2015CTTAYContinental AGNasdaq International SelectGermany
December 9, 2015EPCUFEarthport PLCNasdaq InternationalUnited Kingdom
December 9, 2015ADPXYAudio Pixels HoldingsNasdaq InternationalAustralia
December 9, 2015MRRTYMarfrig Global FoodNasdaq International SelectBrazil
December 9, 2015CYBQYCyberdyne, Inc.Nasdaq International SelectJapan
December 9, 2015NUSMFNautilus Minerals, Inc.Nasdaq InternationalCanada
December 9, 2015ROGFFRoxgold, Inc.Nasdaq InternationalCanada
December 9, 2015BESIYBE Semiconductor IndustriesNasdaq InternationalThe Netherlands
December 9, 2015KUBTYKubota CorpNasdaq International SelectJapan



Member Company Gallery

As part of Continental A.G.'s Nasdaq International Designation membership, the company took-over Times Square billboards in the heart of New York City. Watch video >

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The MacQuarie Group came to Nasdaq MarketSite to ring the bell in celebration of membership in Nasdaq's International Designation Program. Read More >

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Qantas Airlines employees and CEO came to Nasdaq MarketSite to ring the market bell in celebration of their Nasdaq International Designation. Watch ceremony >

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BE Semiconductor Industries came to Nasdaq MarketSite to celebrate their membership in the Nasdaq International Designation program. View the ceremony >

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Cyberdyne spent the day at Nasdaq MarketSite to showcase their products and celebrate their participation in the International Designation program. Watch their video >

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Nautilus Minerals, Inc. joined the Nasdaq International Designation program and came to MarketSite to celebrate. View their Market Bell Celebration >

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The Nidec Group joined the Nasdaq International Designation program. They celebrated included branding on the Nasdaq MarketSite Tower. Watch video >

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As part of Kubota's Nasdaq International Designation membership, the company took-over Times Square billboards in the heart of New York City. Watch video >

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Cyberdyne joined the Nasdaq International Designation program. They celebrated included branding on the Nasdaq MarketSite Tower in Times Square. Watch video >

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Member Companies: Nasdaq International Designation
Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President of Nasdaq's Listing Services Reviews the International Designation Program
Read about Alexium Int'l Group's recent membership in the Nasdaq International Designation Program
Continental A.G. Advertising Takeover of Times Square
MacQuarie Group Celebrates Nasdaq International Designation
Kubota Takeover of Times Square
Qantas Airlines Celebrates Joining Nasdaq International Designation Program
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