What Percentage Of Cellnet Group Limited (ASX:CLT) Shares Do Insiders Own?

A look at the shareholders of Cellnet Group Limited (ASX:CLT) 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. 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.

Cellnet Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of AU$11m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Cellnet Group.

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ASX:CLT Ownership Summary, January 9th 2020
ASX:CLT Ownership Summary, January 9th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Cellnet Group?

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. Cellnet Group might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

ASX:CLT Income Statement, January 9th 2020
ASX:CLT Income Statement, January 9th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Cellnet Group. Our data shows that Wentronic Holding GmbH is the largest shareholder with 51% of shares outstanding. This essentially means that they have extensive influence, if not outright control, over the future of the corporation. With 10% and 6.6% of the shares outstanding respectively, Jej Group Limited and Edp Investments Pty Ltd are the second and third largest shareholders.

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. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Cellnet Group

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Cellnet Group Limited. Insiders have a AU$1.1m stake in this AU$11m 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

The general public, with a 11% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 78%, of the CLT 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.

Next Steps:

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

For example, we’ve discovered 5 warning signs for Cellnet Group (of which 3 are major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free free list of interesting companies.

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