Listing Standards for Original Listing
The NYSE MKT has established certain quantitative and qualitative standards for initial listing of U.S. and foreign companies. For details, click on NYSE MKT Company Guide or on the topics below.
1Required in the latest fiscal year, or two of the three most recent fiscal years.
2Public shareholders and public float do not include shareholders or shares held directly or indirectly by any officer, director, controlling shareholder or other concentrated (i.e. 10 percent or greater), affiliated or family holdings.
3Option 3 requires a daily trading volume of at least 2,000 shares during the six months prior to listing.
Foreign issuer applicants who do not meet the distribution guidelines outlined above may alternatively qualify with 800 round-lot public shareholders worldwide, 1 million publicly held shares worldwide and a $3 million market value of public float worldwide.
Initial Public Offerings
In certain circumstances, the NYSE MKT may approve an issue for listing "subject to official notice of issuance" immediately prior to effectiveness of the issuer applicant’s initial public offering. While the Exchange has not adopted special criteria for IPOs, added emphasis is placed on the company’s financial strength, including an objective evaluation of the anticipated value and offering price, and its demonstrated earnings history and/or outlook.
In evaluating listing eligibility, the Exchange also considers qualitative factors such as the nature of a company's business, market for its products, reputation of its management, historical record and pattern of growth, financial integrity, demonstrated earnings power and future outlook.
The Exchange also considers the laws, customs and practices of the applicant's country of domicile regarding matters such as the election and composition of the board of directors, issuance of quarterly earning statements, shareholder approval requirements and quorum requirements.
Corporate Governance Standards
The NYSE MKT requires listed companies to adhere to its corporate governance standards. For details, see Part 8 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
Conflicts of Interest
The Exchange requires a listed company to utilize its audit committee to conduct an appropriate review of all related party transactions on an ongoing basis. See Section 120 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
Independent Directors and Audit Committee
The Exchange has various requirements regarding a company's independent directors and audit committee. Any domestic issuer applying for listing on the NYSE MKT must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with these requirements and ongoing compliance is also required for listed companies. See Section 121 and Part 8 (Corporate Governance Requirements) of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
The NYSE MKT expects that an appropriate quorum of the shares issued and outstanding and entitled to vote will be provided for by the bylaws of companies applying for the original listing of voting securities. A quorum of at least 33-1/3 percent is recommended. See Section 123 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
The NYSE MKT requires listed companies to obtain shareholder approval for certain corporate actions that would result in discounted stock and/or option issuances as well as other potentially dilutive transactions. See Section 711, Section 712, and Section 713 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
Common Stock—See Section 122 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.
Preferred Stock—See Section 124 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.