Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Solstice Gold Corp. (CVE:SGC)?

Every investor in Solstice Gold Corp. (CVE:SGC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.

Solstice Gold is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$5.6m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Solstice Gold.

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TSXV:SGC Ownership Summary, February 21st 2020
TSXV:SGC Ownership Summary, February 21st 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Solstice Gold?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Solstice Gold, for yourself, below.

TSXV:SGC Income Statement, February 21st 2020
TSXV:SGC Income Statement, February 21st 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Solstice Gold. Kevin Reid is currently the largest shareholder, with 17% of shares outstanding. With 8.8% and 4.1% of the shares outstanding respectively, Northfield Capital Corporation and David Adamson are the second and third largest shareholders. David Adamson also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

Our studies suggest that the top 6 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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Solstice Gold

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Solstice Gold Corp.. Insiders have a CA$1.3m stake in this CA$5.6m business. 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

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 69% of Solstice Gold 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.

Private Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 8.8% stake in SGC. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

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. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Solstice Gold (including 2 which is are 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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