Do Directors Own GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSEMKT:GSB) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSEMKT:GSB) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

GlobalSCAPE is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$167m, so it may still be flying under the radar 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 GlobalSCAPE.

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AMEX:GSB Ownership Summary, February 28th 2020
AMEX:GSB Ownership Summary, February 28th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About GlobalSCAPE?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 43% of GlobalSCAPE. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of GlobalSCAPE, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

AMEX:GSB Income Statement, February 28th 2020
AMEX:GSB Income Statement, February 28th 2020

It looks like hedge funds own 6.5% of GlobalSCAPE shares. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. 210 Capital LLC is currently the largest shareholder, with 17% of shares outstanding. Next, we have J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Inc. and Thomas Brown as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 14% and 8.2%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that the top 5 shareholders control 53% of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company’s decision-making.

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. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of GlobalSCAPE

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in GlobalSCAPE, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$167m, and insiders have US$28m worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 16% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over GSB. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 17%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Be aware that GlobalSCAPE is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about…

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