Do Institutions Own Cognetivity Neurosciences Ltd. (CSE:CGN) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in Cognetivity Neurosciences Ltd. (CSE:CGN) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.

Cognetivity Neurosciences is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$8.4m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Cognetivity Neurosciences.

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CNSX:CGN Ownership Summary, February 27th 2020
CNSX:CGN Ownership Summary, February 27th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Cognetivity Neurosciences?

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.

Less than 5% of Cognetivity Neurosciences is held by institutional investors. This suggests that some funds have the company in their sights, but many have not yet bought shares in it. 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.

CNSX:CGN Income Statement, February 27th 2020
CNSX:CGN Income Statement, February 27th 2020

Cognetivity Neurosciences is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s CEO Sina Habibi is the largest shareholder with 11% of shares outstanding. Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi is the second largest shareholder with 8.4% of common stock, followed by Next Edge Capital Corp., holding 1.5% of the stock. Interestingly, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi is also a Top Key Executive, again, pointing towards strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 7 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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 Cognetivity Neurosciences

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

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.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Cognetivity Neurosciences Ltd.. Insiders own CA$1.9m worth of shares in the CA$8.4m company. 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 76% of Cognetivity Neurosciences 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:

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. Be aware that Cognetivity Neurosciences is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 3 of those are a bit unpleasant…

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