Do Institutions Own Ansar Financial and Development Corporation (CSE:AFD) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls Ansar Financial and Development Corporation (CSE:AFD), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of CA$9.3m, Ansar Financial and Development is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Ansar Financial and Development.

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CNSX:AFD Ownership Summary April 18th 2020
CNSX:AFD Ownership Summary April 18th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ansar Financial and Development?

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 14% of Ansar Financial and Development. 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 Ansar Financial and Development, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

CNSX:AFD Income Statement April 18th 2020
CNSX:AFD Income Statement April 18th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Ansar Financial and Development. The company’s largest shareholder is Ansarco(1) Inc., with ownership of 14%, The second largest shareholder with 8.7%, is 1095142 Ontario Ltd, followed by Muslim Communities Agency Inc., with an ownership of 4.5%.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 9 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Ansar Financial and Development

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 Ansar Financial and Development Corporation insiders own under 1% of the company. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It seems the board members have no more than CA$30k worth of shares in the CA$9.3m company. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 73% of Ansar Financial and Development shares. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 13%, of the AFD stock. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

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 4 warning signs we’ve spotted with Ansar Financial and Development (including 3 which is can’t be ignored) .

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