What Type Of Shareholder Owns Beacon Minerals Limited’s (ASX:BCN)?

A look at the shareholders of Beacon Minerals Limited (ASX:BCN) 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 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.

Beacon Minerals is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of AU$111m, 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 bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Beacon Minerals.

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ASX:BCN Ownership Summary May 6th 2020
ASX:BCN Ownership Summary May 6th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Beacon 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.

Beacon Minerals already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 13% of the company. 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 Beacon Minerals’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ASX:BCN Income Statement May 6th 2020
ASX:BCN Income Statement May 6th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Beacon Minerals. Because actions speak louder than words, we consider it a good sign when insiders own a significant stake in a company. In Beacon Minerals’s case, its Top Key Executive, Geoffrey Greenhill, is the largest shareholder, holding 9.6% of shares outstanding. With 8.5% and 8.2% of the shares outstanding respectively, Graham McGarry and Oceanic Capital Pty Ltd, Asset Management Arm are the second and third largest shareholders. Interestingly, Graham McGarry is also a Chief Executive Officer, again, pointing towards strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Additionally, we found that the top 15 have the combined ownership of 51% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder has significant control over the company.

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 Beacon Minerals

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. 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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Beacon Minerals Limited. Insiders have a AU$35m stake in this AU$111m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 46% stake in BCN. 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 9.7%, of the BCN 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we’ve discovered 6 warning signs for Beacon Minerals (1 shouldn’t be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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