Do Institutions Own Alacer Gold Corp. (TSE:ASR) Shares?

A look at the shareholders of Alacer Gold Corp. (TSE:ASR) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Alacer Gold isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of CA$2.0b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Alacer Gold.

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TSX:ASR Ownership Summary, February 25th 2020
TSX:ASR Ownership Summary, February 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Alacer Gold?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

Alacer Gold already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 64% of the company. 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. 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 Alacer Gold, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:ASR Income Statement, February 25th 2020
TSX:ASR Income Statement, February 25th 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Alacer Gold is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s largest shareholder is BlackRock, Inc., with ownership of 12%, Van Eck Associates Corporation is the second largest shareholder with 11% of common stock, followed by Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P., holding 5.0% of the stock.

We also observed that the top 10 shareholders account for 51% of the register, with a few smaller shareholders to balance the interests of the larger ones to a certain extent.

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 are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Alacer Gold

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Alacer Gold Corp.. It is a pretty big company, so it is generally a positive to see some potentially meaningful alignment. In this case, they own around CA$21m worth of shares (at current prices). It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 35% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ASR. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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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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