What is the Nasdaq Capital Market?
The Nasdaq Capital Market is one of the three tiers within the Nasdaq Composite Index. The Capital Market tier is an equity market for companies with the smallest levels of market capitalization within the Nasdaq Composite Index.
Market capitalization refers to the market value of a publicly-traded company’s outstanding shares. It is important to note that the market cap of a company only underlines the equity value of the company.
Since the Nasdaq Capital Market companies are the smaller capitalization companies, the requirements to list are not as strict as the larger companies in the other two tiers – Global Market and Global Select Market. The two other tiers include companies with medium to large market capitalization within the Nasdaq Composite Index.
- The Nasdaq Capital Market is one of three tiers within the Nasdaq Composite Index, with the other two tiers being the Global Market and Global Select Market.
- The Capital Market tier is an equity market for companies with the smallest levels of market capitalization within the Nasdaq Composite Index.
- For a company to become part of Nasdaq’s Capital Market, it will need to fulfill certain criteria and requirements, including financial and liquidity requirements and corporate governance requirements.
Listing Requirements and Criteria
For a company to become part of Nasdaq’s Capital Market tier, it will need to fulfill certain criteria and requirements. They include financial and liquidity requirements and corporate governance requirements.
In terms of financials and liquidity, there are three different standards companies may follow, but they need to meet the criteria for at least one. Some of the requirements include stockholders’ equity of at least 4-5 million and unrestricted publicly held shares of one million. In addition to the more specific criteria, companies also need a minimum average daily volume of 2,000 shares, and they need to be over 30 trading days before listing.
It is important to note that even if a company does meet all the requirements, Nasdaq still might deny the initial listing or apply specific conditions. If you compare the criteria of the Capital Market to the other two tiers within the Composite Index, you will see that the numbers are lower, and it is less strict.
The entry fees to be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market are based on the aggregate number of shares outstanding at the point of initial listing, in addition to a $5,000 application fee that is non-refundable.
If the company has over 15 million total shares outstanding, the entry fee will be $75,000. If they have under 15 million shares outstanding, the entry fee will be $50,000.
In addition to the entry fees, there is an inclusive annual fee that varies and other fees, depending on the types of securities.
Nasdaq Composite Index
The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (NASDAQ) Composite Index is a stock market index that includes common stocks and other similar securities that are listed on the Nasdaq stock market. It consists of more than 3,000 components, as it includes all stocks listed on the Nasdaq Exchange.
Within the Nasdaq Composite Index, there are three tiers – Capital Market, Global Market, and Global Select Market. There are two main requirements for the Nasdaq Composite Index.
Firstly, to be eligible for the Nasdaq Composite Index, the security needs to be listed exclusively on the Nasdaq stock market.
Secondly, there are only certain security types that are eligible – common stock, American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), Limited Partnership Interests, ordinary shares, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Shares of Beneficial Interest (SBIs), or tracking stocks.
It’s important to note that if at any time, a security no longer meets the two requirements, they are immediately removed.
Importance of the Nasdaq Capital Market Tier
The Capital Market tier is important because investors use it to rank the size of a company. Overall, it advises society and investors on which companies are part of the Nasdaq Composite Index’s first tier, which comprises companies with smaller market capitalization.
Additionally, the Index, as a whole, is known for including companies that are at the forefront of innovation in many industries and places emphasis on the large technology sector companies that many are interested in.
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