Oklahoma's top-performing over-the-counter company for the year, PSM Holdings Inc., which operates the mortgage brokerage firm PrimeSource Mortgage, relocated to Oklahoma City from New Mexico last year with the goal of expanding and eventually moving to a major exchange.
“The future growth of the company will dictate when we make that move. Based on everything I can see, it will be in 18 months to two years,” said Jeffrey Smith, PSM chairman and president and CEO of PrimeSource.
PSM decided to relocate from Roswell, N.M., in 2012 because a lack of air travel, financial resources and talent in the mostly rural surrounding area. Oklahoma City's business-friendly atmosphere and low cost of living also helped the company choose, Smith said.
“We visited both Dallas and Oklahoma City and it wasn't difficult to choose Oklahoma,” he said.
PSM saw its revenue increase by more than 118 percent and earnings per share grew 77 percent in fiscal year 2013 over the previous year.
While the company clears about $50 million in mortgages each month, it is poised to double in size over the next few years as it works to build a national lending platform, Smith said.
PrimeSource operates more than 20 branches scattered mostly across the West and Midwest.
The company recently partnered with Oklahoma State Bank to provide mortgage brokerage services for the bank. Joining with community banks is a new line of business for PrimeSource, but an area where Smith believes there is room to grow.
With all of the new regulations from the Dodd-Frank Act that are being implemented through the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, many small community banks have decided to stop doing mortgage lending, giving PrimeSource an opportunity to expand, Smith said.
PrimeSource also is in the process of opening a retail branch at 900 36th Ave. NW in Norman.
Oklahoma's worst performing over-the-counter company for the year, Oklahoma City-based Graymark Healthcare, Inc., also hopes to eventually move back onto a major exchange next year after its reverse merger with Foundation Surgery Affiliates.
Graymark had a rocky year — its stock was removed from Nasdaq in November 2012 for failing to meet minimum stock price requirements. The company saw its revenues decrease by 22 percent from 2012 to 2013. Earnings per share dropped more than 78 percent.
The reverse merger allows Foundation, which operates and develops surgical centers and hospitals, to become a public company without the expense of an IPO.
“We're very excited about this merger because it brings the necessary revenue and earnings to Graymark to properly scale the company,” Graymark CEO Stanton Nelson said in a recent conference call. “We plan to focus on surgery and other ancillary opportunities such as imaging, oncology and sleep diagnostics — expanding our scope will allow us to have a fully integrated health care system.”
As a public company, newly merged Graymark will be able to raise the capital necessary to acquire and develop more surgical centers and hospitals, said Tom Michaud, founder of Foundation and chairman for the new Graymark.
“Being a public company, we now have new options to grow the company,” Michaud said during the conference call.