What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd.’s (CVE:MON) Shareholder Register?

If you want to know who really controls Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd. (CVE:MON), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of CA$875k, Montero Mining and Exploration is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Montero Mining and Exploration.

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TSXV:MON Ownership Summary, January 13th 2020
TSXV:MON Ownership Summary, January 13th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Montero Mining and Exploration?

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 could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in 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. Montero Mining and Exploration’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

TSXV:MON Income Statement, January 13th 2020
TSXV:MON Income Statement, January 13th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Montero Mining and Exploration. With a 15% stake, CEO Antony Harwood is the largest shareholder. The second and third largest shareholders are Andrew Thomson and Gregory Hall, holding 4.6% and 0.8%, respectively. Interestingly, Gregory Hall is also a Member of the Board of Directors, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Our studies suggest that the top 5 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 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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Montero Mining and Exploration

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. 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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd.. Insiders have a CA$182k stake in this CA$875k business. 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

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 79% of Montero Mining and Exploration shares. 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:

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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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