How Many Great Panther Mining Limited (TSE:GPR) Shares Do Institutions Own?

Every investor in Great Panther Mining Limited (TSE:GPR) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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$212m, Great Panther Mining is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Great Panther Mining.

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TSX:GPR Ownership Summary, January 10th 2020
TSX:GPR Ownership Summary, January 10th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Great Panther Mining?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 32% of Great Panther Mining. 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. 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 Great Panther Mining’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

TSX:GPR Income Statement, January 10th 2020
TSX:GPR Income Statement, January 10th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Great Panther Mining. Van Eck Associates Corporation is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 6.1% of shares outstanding. With 4.6% and 3.9% of the shares outstanding respectively, Mason Hill Advisors, LLC and Franklin Resources, Inc. are the second and third largest shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 14 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Great Panther Mining

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

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Great Panther Mining Limited in their own names. It has a market capitalization of just CA$212m, and the board has only CA$2.0m worth of shares in their own names. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 67% of Great Panther Mining 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.

For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Great Panther Mining which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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