What Percentage Of JEMTEC Inc. (CVE:JTC) Shares Do Insiders Own?

A look at the shareholders of JEMTEC Inc. (CVE:JTC) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.

JEMTEC is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$3.6m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about JEMTEC.

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TSXV:JTC Ownership Summary April 29th 2020
TSXV:JTC Ownership Summary April 29th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About JEMTEC?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of JEMTEC, for yourself, below.

TSXV:JTC Income Statement April 29th 2020
TSXV:JTC Income Statement April 29th 2020

JEMTEC is not owned by hedge funds. With a 22% stake, CEO Eric Caton is the largest shareholder. The second and third largest shareholders are Paul Crossett and Jeremy Kendall, holding 21% and 4.7%, respectively. Interestingly, Jeremy Kendall is also a Chairman of the Board, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 4 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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 JEMTEC

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in JEMTEC Inc.. Insiders own CA$1.7m worth of shares in the CA$3.6m company. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 51% stake in JTC, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand JEMTEC better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 4 warning signs for JEMTEC (of which 1 is concerning!) you should know about.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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