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Easy access via direct market plus to start on 21 January 2019

  • Easy entry to the stock market for domestic stock corporations with small free float
  • direct market plus: A "plus" in service and attention for a "plus" in transparency
  • Candidates benefit from the experience of the "direct network

(Vienna) An amendment to the Austrian Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz) will open the door to the stock exchange for domestic small and medium-sized enterprises as well as growth companies next year. The Vienna Stock Exchange is planning the launch date of 21 January 2019 for the new market segments direct market plus and direct market. They will replace the segment mid market in the future. Small and medium-sized Austrian companies, which form the backbone of the Austrian economy, will have easy and cost-effective access to the stock exchange.

"The new offer is aimed at stock corporations with a number of shareholders in the low double-digit range. The need is there, as our concrete letters of intent show. Some are looking for the trading aspect, some only need a pure listing. This brings order, visibility and the prospect of easier funding for the companies. Depending on the strategy, development into further segments can then follow," explains Christoph Boschan, CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange and its holding company.

The direct market forms the basis with low requirements. In the direct market plus, companies must have a minimum holding period of one year, publish annual financial statements and half-yearly interim reports, maintain a corporate calendar and be accompanied by a capital market coach. In return, the listing offers companies a plus in service and attention.

In order to optimally prepare companies for being public, the Vienna Stock Exchange also makes a contribution to revitalising the associated ecosystem with its direct network. The core idea of the direct network is the transfer of knowledge and the establishment of personal contacts to consultants and investors. All partners in the network have a track record of IPOs or have experience in the field of pre-IPO financing.

Infographic: market structure direct market & direct market plus (jpg-file 260 KB)
More about the direct network
Photo gallery of the direct network event
Details about the direct market plus


For further information, please contact:

Julia Resch

Julia Resch

T +43 1 531 65-186

Maria Zorn

Maria Zorn

T +43 1 531 65-110

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