What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Solitario Zinc Corp.’s (NYSEMKT:XPL) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in Solitario Zinc Corp. (NYSEMKT:XPL) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.’

Solitario Zinc is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$14m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about XPL.

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AMEX:XPL Ownership Summary January 2nd 19
AMEX:XPL Ownership Summary January 2nd 19

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Solitario Zinc?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

As you can see, institutional investors own 13% of Solitario Zinc. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Solitario Zinc’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

AMEX:XPL Income Statement Export January 2nd 19
AMEX:XPL Income Statement Export January 2nd 19

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Solitario Zinc. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Solitario Zinc

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Solitario Zinc Corp.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$1.4m worth of the US$14m 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, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 77% of Solitario Zinc 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.

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.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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