What Kind Of Shareholders Own Karmin Exploration Inc. (CVE:KAR)?

A look at the shareholders of Karmin Exploration Inc. (CVE:KAR) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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$50m, Karmin Exploration is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about KAR.

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TSXV:KAR Ownership Summary, February 26th 2019
TSXV:KAR Ownership Summary, February 26th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Karmin Exploration?

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.

We can see that Karmin Exploration does have institutional investors; and they hold 11% of the stock. 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 Karmin Exploration’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSXV:KAR Income Statement, February 26th 2019
TSXV:KAR Income Statement, February 26th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Karmin Exploration. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Karmin Exploration

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

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 the majority of Karmin Exploration Inc.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own CA$32m worth of shares in the CA$50m company. That’s quite meaningful. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 25% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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