What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.’s (TSE:ASM) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSE:ASM) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Avino Silver & Gold Mines is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$32m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Avino Silver & Gold Mines.

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TSX:ASM Ownership Summary, March 16th 2020
TSX:ASM Ownership Summary, March 16th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Avino Silver & Gold Mines?

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.

Avino Silver & Gold Mines already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 7.0% 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Avino Silver & Gold Mines’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:ASM Income Statement, March 16th 2020
TSX:ASM Income Statement, March 16th 2020

Avino Silver & Gold Mines is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Sprott Asset Management, LP with 2.6% of shares outstanding. David Wolfin is the second largest shareholder with 2.2% of common stock, followed by Bard Associates Inc., holding 1.7% of the stock. David Wolfin also happens to hold the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 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 Avino Silver & Gold Mines

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own CA$1.2m worth of the CA$32m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 89% stake in ASM, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. 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.

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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Avino Silver & Gold Mines you should know about.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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