Do Insiders Own Shares In Organto Foods Inc. (CVE:OGO)?

A look at the shareholders of Organto Foods Inc. (CVE:OGO) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.

Organto Foods is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$8.6m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions don’t own many shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Organto Foods.

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TSXV:OGO Ownership Summary, February 5th 2020
TSXV:OGO Ownership Summary, February 5th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Organto Foods?

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.

Since institutions own under 5% of Organto Foods, 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.

TSXV:OGO Income Statement, February 5th 2020
TSXV:OGO Income Statement, February 5th 2020

Organto Foods is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Javier Reyes with 6.4% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 3.7%, is Carrelton Asset Management, followed by Peter Gianulis, with an ownership of 1.8%. Peter Gianulis also happens to hold the title of Member of the Board of Directors.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 11 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. 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 Organto Foods

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Organto Foods Inc.. Insiders have a CA$1.3m stake in this CA$8.6m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 81% of Organto Foods shares. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 6 warning signs we’ve spotted with Organto Foods (including 3 which is are potentially serious) .

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