Do Directors Own Sunworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls Sunworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. 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.

Sunworks is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$3.7m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Sunworks.

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NasdaqCM:SUNW Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020
NasdaqCM:SUNW Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sunworks?

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.

We can see that Sunworks does have institutional investors; and they hold 10% of the stock. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 Sunworks’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:SUNW Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
NasdaqCM:SUNW Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Sunworks. Our data shows that Amundi Asset Management is the largest shareholder with 4.9% of shares outstanding. Kirk Short is the second largest shareholder with 4.1% of common stock, followed by Sun Life Global Investments Inc., holding 1.5% of the stock. Kirk Short also happens to hold the title of Unit President.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 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 studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Sunworks

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Sunworks, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$3.7m, and insiders have US$198k worth of shares, in their own names. 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, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 85% of Sunworks shares. 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Sunworks better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 4 warning signs for Sunworks (1 shouldn’t be ignored) that you should be aware of.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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