Do Directors Own EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. (CSE:ETI) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. (CSE:ETI), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

EnviroLeach Technologies is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$61m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about EnviroLeach Technologies.

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CNSX:ETI Ownership Summary May 10th 2020
CNSX:ETI Ownership Summary May 10th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About EnviroLeach Technologies?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

EnviroLeach Technologies already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 5.7% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at EnviroLeach Technologies’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

CNSX:ETI Income Statement May 10th 2020
CNSX:ETI Income Statement May 10th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in EnviroLeach Technologies. Our data shows that Glenn Kiland is the largest shareholder with 3.2% of shares outstanding. Axxion S.A. is the second largest shareholder with 2.8% of common stock, followed by Sibling Rivalry Investments Inc., holding 2.2% of the stock.

Our studies suggest that the top 12 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company’s shares, meaning that the company’s shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of EnviroLeach Technologies

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

I can report that insiders do own shares in EnviroLeach Technologies Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own CA$3.8m worth of the CA$61m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 88% of EnviroLeach Technologies. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand EnviroLeach Technologies better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We’ve spotted 5 warning signs for EnviroLeach Technologies you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit concerning.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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