Investing in Czech ADRs / Czech Stocks List
There are a couple of Czech ADRs trading on the OTC exchange: ČEZ, a. s. (OTCMKTS: CEZYY) is a utility conglomerate active in several Eastern European markets and who’s majority shareholder is the Czech government (owning 70% of shares). The Komerční Banka AS (OTCMKTS: KMBNY) was partially privatized in 1992; but then in 2001, the government sold a 60% stake in the bank to France based Société Générale.
Two Czech stocks that previously traded on the OTC now appear to be delisted from it. O2 Czech Republic AS’s (OTCMKTS: TFATF) predecessors were acquired and merged together by the Spanish telecom giant Telefónica in 2005. Finally, Unipetrol (OTCMKTS: UNPTY) is a leading refinery and petrochemical group in the Czech Republic and a major player in Central and Eastern Europe. The Company is also part of Central Europe’s largest refining and petrochemical group, Poland based PKN ORLEN.
Investors interested in investing in Czech ADRs should also check out our Eastern Europe ETF list and Eastern Europe closed-end fund list pages as some region wide ETFs or closed-end funds may have exposure to Czech stocks.
Note: Stocks delisted from the OTC (whether due to mergers, acquisitions or for other reasons) have been left in the table (as their websites still provide a good feel for the company and the local market) and may still trade on local or other important European stock exchanges (e.g. London, Amsterdam etc). They may also be holdings of country or region specific ETFs or Indices.
List of Czech ADRs Trading on Major US Stock Exchanges & the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Exchange
|1||ČEZ, a. s.||CEZYY||OTCPink||Utilities|
|2||Komerční Banka AS||KMBNY||Delisted||Financial Services|
|3||Komerční Banka AS||KOMBY||OTCGrey||Financial Services|
|4||O2 Czech Republic AS||TFATF||Delisted||Telecommunications|
|5||Unipetrol||UNPTY||Delisted||Oil & Gas|
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The Prague Stock Exchange (PSE)
The Prague Stock Exchange (PSE) is the largest and oldest securities market organizer in the Czech Republic that was founded in 1871 as the Prague Commodities and Stock Exchange, then closed during World War II and the subsequent Communist regime and finally reopened as the PSE in 1993. Until 2020, the Prague Stock Exchange was a member of the CEE Stock Exchange Group (CEESEG), which also (at various times) included three other Central European stock exchanges: The Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse), Budapest Stock Exchange (Budapesti Értéktőzsde) and Ljubljana Stock Exchange (Ljubljanska borza).
CEESEG as the holding company was the strategic and financial leader and also responsible for the administration of the equity interests, while the day-to-day operation of the exchanges were taken care of locally by the Vienna and Prague subsidiaries. In 2020, the Vienna Stock Exchange decided to simplify its group structure. In order to reduce expenses and costs, Wiener Börse AG merged with the former group holding company CEESEG AG. The Prague Stock Exchange is now a 99.54% subsidiary of Wiener Börse AG.
Here are some useful and mostly English news resources for investing in Czech ADRs or stocks or about the Czech Republic in general:
For additional resources for investing in Czech ADRs or stocks, check out all of our Czech Republic tagged articles/links.