Press Release: August 31, 2020 – Zion Oil & Gas to Transition Trading of Shares to the OTCQX – an SEC Recognized Established Public Market
Zion Oil & Gas to Transition Trading of Shares to the OTCQX – an SEC Recognized Established Public Market
Move to OTCQX will provide adequate liquidity for the trading of Zion shares at less cost
DALLAS, Texas, and CAESAREA, Israel, August 31, 2020
Zion Oil & Gas notified the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC that Zion is de-listing its shares from the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC’s Capital Market and will have its shares quoted for trading on OTC Markets Group Inc.’s OTCQX, the top tier of the OTC markets.
“With the transition to OTCQX, we are migrating to a more business-friendly market during these turbulent times,” stated Zion CEO, Robert Dunn. “Zion will continue to provide all required disclosures to provide transparency regarding Zion and its business, and we believe that trading on OTCQX will provide adequate liquidity for the trading of Zion shares at less cost to Zion.”
As previously disclosed by Zion, Nasdaq has advised Zion it will have through September 8, 2020, to regain compliance with the minimum closing bid price of $1.00. As the management of Zion has determined that it is not in the best interest of Zion and its shareholders to implement a reverse stock split to satisfy the minimum bid price, Zion applied for and meets the current standards for trading on the OTCQX.
With the shutdowns by the Covid-19 virus in the United States, Europe, and Israel, all ground operations for Zion, including drilling plans, have been delayed beyond Zion’s control by the respective governments. Zion management believes that the extended shutdown adds an additional layer of difficulty. Management also has determined that the transition to the OTCQX Market better serves the interests of Zion and its shareholders at this stage in Zion’s corporate development. With the transition to the OTCQX, the OTC’s top tier, Zion will continue to comply with its SEC reporting obligations as always.
Zion is moving to a broker-dealer market from the matching engine technology used by the Nasdaq exchange. OTC Link ATS and OTC Link ECN are SEC-regulated ATS operated by OTC Link LLC, a FINRA/SIPC member. OTCQX is the premium tier of OTC Markets Group and enables investors to trade through the broker of their choice easily. Investors will have access to real-time bid-ask information and other information through the OTC Disclosure & News Service, which publishes and distributes data, news, and financials to a broad audience of investors.
The OTCQX Rules for U.S. companies are designed to create the most informed, efficient, and cost-effective market for securities. The OTCQX rules require companies to meet high standards, make adequate, current information publicly available, provide timely public disclosure of any news or information which might reasonably be expected to affect the market for its securities materially, and demonstrate compliance with securities laws and regulations.
Zion Oil & Gas, a public company traded on NASDAQ (ZN), explores for oil and gas onshore in Israel on their 99,000-acre Megiddo-Jezreel license area. All press releases can be accessed on the Zion Oil & Gas website located here: https://www.zionoil.com/updates/category/press-releases/