How Much Of Pilot Energy Limited (ASX:PGY) Do Insiders Own?

A look at the shareholders of Pilot Energy Limited (ASX:PGY) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

Pilot Energy is a smaller company with a market capitalization of AU$1.7m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Pilot Energy.

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ASX:PGY Ownership Summary, January 23rd 2020
ASX:PGY Ownership Summary, January 23rd 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Pilot Energy?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Pilot Energy might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

ASX:PGY Income Statement, January 23rd 2020
ASX:PGY Income Statement, January 23rd 2020

Pilot Energy is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that Walker Li is the largest shareholder with 20% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Xiong Xue Hui and Giant Rainbow Investments Limited as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 9.3% and 6.9%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Additionally, we found that the top 12 have the combined ownership of 51% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder has significant control over the company.

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. 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 Pilot Energy

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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Pilot Energy Limited. Insiders own AU$689k worth of shares in the AU$1.7m 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

With a 47% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over PGY. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 12%, of the PGY 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Pilot Energy better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 6 warning signs for Pilot Energy (3 are concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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