What Type Of Shareholder Owns Bio-Path Holdings, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BPTH)?

The big shareholder groups in Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPTH) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Bio-Path Holdings is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$24m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Bio-Path Holdings.

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NasdaqCM:BPTH Ownership Summary, February 20th 2020
NasdaqCM:BPTH Ownership Summary, February 20th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bio-Path Holdings?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

As you can see, institutional investors own 15% of Bio-Path Holdings. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Bio-Path Holdings’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqCM:BPTH Income Statement, February 20th 2020
NasdaqCM:BPTH Income Statement, February 20th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Bio-Path Holdings. Heights Capital Management, Inc. is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 4.1% of shares outstanding. Armistice Capital LLC is the second largest shareholder with 4.1% of common stock, followed by Sabby Management, LLC, holding 3.3% of the stock.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 21 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Bio-Path Holdings

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 information suggests that Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. insiders own under 1% of the company. It appears that the board holds about US$165k worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of US$24m. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 83% of Bio-Path Holdings. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

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 instance, we’ve identified 6 warning signs for Bio-Path Holdings (3 can’t be ignored) that you should be aware of.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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