What Kind Of Shareholders Own Acacia Coal Limited (ASX:AJC)?

The big shareholder groups in Acacia Coal Limited (ASX:AJC) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

Acacia Coal is a smaller company with a market capitalization of AU$4.1m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Acacia Coal.

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ASX:AJC Ownership Summary, January 27th 2020
ASX:AJC Ownership Summary, January 27th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Acacia Coal?

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.

We can see that Acacia Coal does have institutional investors; and they hold 8.3% of the stock. 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 Acacia Coal’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

ASX:AJC Income Statement, January 27th 2020
ASX:AJC Income Statement, January 27th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Acacia Coal. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Argonaut Funds Management Pty Ltd. with 5.0% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Blamnco Trading Pty Ltd. and Rodney Jones as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 4.9% and 4.4%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 24 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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Acacia Coal

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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 information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Acacia Coal Limited. Insiders have a AU$1.1m stake in this AU$4.1m business. 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

With a 46% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over AJC. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 19%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We’ve spotted 4 warning signs for Acacia Coal you should be aware of, and 3 of them are significant.

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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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