What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The White Rock Minerals Ltd’s (ASX:WRM) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX:WRM) 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. 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.

With a market capitalization of AU$7.5m, White Rock Minerals is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about White Rock Minerals.

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ASX:WRM Ownership Summary, February 20th 2020
ASX:WRM Ownership Summary, February 20th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About White Rock Minerals?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

As you can see, institutional investors own 6.4% of White Rock Minerals. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 White Rock Minerals’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ASX:WRM Income Statement, February 20th 2020
ASX:WRM Income Statement, February 20th 2020

White Rock Minerals is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s largest shareholder is Sandfire Resources Limited, with ownership of 11%, The second and third largest shareholders are Hsiau Yun Lan and Avalon Ventures Corporation, holding 5.3% and 4.3%, respectively.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 22 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. 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 White Rock Minerals

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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of White Rock Minerals Ltd. It has a market capitalization of just AU$7.5m, and insiders have AU$1.1m worth of shares in their own names. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 61% stake in WRM, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. 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.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 6.8%, of the WRM 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.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 11% of WRM. We can’t be certain, but this is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand White Rock Minerals better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that White Rock Minerals is showing 6 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 4 of those are concerning…

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