Do Directors Own Antipa Minerals Limited (ASX:AZY) Shares?

A look at the shareholders of Antipa Minerals Limited (ASX:AZY) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Antipa Minerals is a smaller company with a market capitalization of AU$25m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Antipa Minerals.

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ASX:AZY Ownership Summary, December 31st 2019
ASX:AZY Ownership Summary, December 31st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Antipa Minerals?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Since institutions own under 5% of Antipa Minerals, many may not have spent much time considering the stock. But it’s clear that some have; and they liked it enough to buy in. If the business gets stronger from here, we could see a situation where more institutions are keen to buy. It is not uncommon to see a big share price rise if multiple institutional investors are trying to buy into a stock at the same time. So check out the historic earnings trajectory, below, but keep in mind it’s the future that counts most.

ASX:AZY Income Statement, December 31st 2019
ASX:AZY Income Statement, December 31st 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Antipa Minerals. Rosane Pty Ltd is currently the largest shareholder, with 3.7% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Stephen Power and Campbell, Kitchener, Hume & Associates Pty. Ltd., each holding around 2.7% of the shares outstanding. Stephen Power also happens to hold the title of Top Key Executive.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 21 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Antipa Minerals

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

We can see that insiders own shares in Antipa Minerals Limited. As individuals, the insiders collectively own AU$1.9m worth of the AU$25m company. There’s no doubt that we learn useful information from looking at a company’s ownership structure and shareholders. But ultimately, many risks exist within the business itself, rather than its shareholders. For example, we’ve discovered 6 warning signs for Antipa Minerals (of which 2 are major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 75% of Antipa Minerals. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 14%, of the AZY stock. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Antipa Minerals better, we need to consider many other factors.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month the financial statement is dated. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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