Do Institutions Own Money3 Corporation Limited (ASX:MNY) Shares?

A look at the shareholders of Money3 Corporation Limited (ASX:MNY) 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. 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.

Money3 is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of AU$445m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Money3.

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ASX:MNY Ownership Summary, January 10th 2020
ASX:MNY Ownership Summary, January 10th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Money3?

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.

We can see that Money3 does have institutional investors; and they hold 20% of the stock. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Money3’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

ASX:MNY Income Statement, January 10th 2020
ASX:MNY Income Statement, January 10th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Money3. Thorney Management Services Pty Ltd is currently the largest shareholder, with 8.1% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are TIGA Trading Pty Ltd, Asset Management Arm and Calogero Giovanni Rubino, holding 7.6% and 4.6%, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 19 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 it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 Money3

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.

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 a reasonable proportion of Money3 Corporation Limited. Insiders have a AU$48m stake in this AU$445m business. Ownership is clearly an important issue when it comes to investment selection. However, there are many other factors to consider, such as the risks within the company itself. For example, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for Money3 which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 59% stake in MNY, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. 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

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 9.9%, of the company’s shares. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

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.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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