What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Aurora Solar Technologies Inc.’s (CVE:ACU) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in Aurora Solar Technologies Inc. (CVE:ACU) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

Aurora Solar Technologies is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$9.3m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Aurora Solar Technologies.

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TSXV:ACU Ownership Summary, January 11th 2020
TSXV:ACU Ownership Summary, January 11th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Aurora Solar Technologies?

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.

Aurora Solar Technologies already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 11% of the company. 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 Aurora Solar Technologies’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

TSXV:ACU Income Statement, January 11th 2020
TSXV:ACU Income Statement, January 11th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Aurora Solar Technologies. Our data shows that Pathfinder Asset Management Limited is the largest shareholder with 10% of shares outstanding. Douglas Johnson is the second largest shareholder with 3.4% of common stock, followed by Gordon Deans, holding 2.7% of the stock. Gordon Deans also happens to hold the title of Chairman of Advisory Board.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 8 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. 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 Aurora Solar Technologies

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Aurora Solar Technologies Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just CA$9.3m, and insiders have CA$678k worth of shares, in their own names. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 81% of Aurora Solar Technologies. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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