Who Owns Greenland Minerals and Energy Limited (ASX:GGG)?

Today, I will be analyzing Greenland Minerals and Energy Limited’s (ASX:GGG) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. The impact of a company’s ownership structure affects both its short- and long-term performance. Differences in ownership structure of companies can have a profound effect on how management’s incentives are aligned with shareholder returns, and whether they adhere to corporate governance best practices. Although this is an important factor for long-term investors, many investors can also be impacted by institutional presence and their high-volume trading. Now I will analyze GGG’s shareholder registry in more detail.

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ASX:GGG Ownership Summary Nov 22nd 17
ASX:GGG Ownership Summary Nov 22nd 17

Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors are one of the largest group of market participants and their buy-sell decisions on a company’s stock can significantly impact prices, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. A low institutional ownership of 9.74% puts GGG on a list of companies that are not likely exposed to spikes in volatility resulting from institutional trading. Less covered stocks like GGG used to feature in legendary investor Peter Lynch’s portfolio, which would later be bought up by fast-following institutions as the stock gained more popularity.

Insider Ownership

Another important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. With 5.45% ownership, GGG insiders is an important ownership type. An insider stake of this level indicates that executives are highly aligned with the shareholders as both stand to gain when the value of the company rises. However, it would be interesting to take a look at their buying and selling activities lately. Buying may be sign of upbeat future expectations, but selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as the insiders may be motivated by financial needs or they are simply diversifying their risk.
ASX:GGG Insider Trading Nov 22nd 17
ASX:GGG Insider Trading Nov 22nd 17

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 68.44% in GGG is held by the general public. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in major company policies that affect shareholders returns, including executive remuneration and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

Potential investors in GGG should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 3.94%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence GGG’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Institutional ownership in GGG is not at a level that would concern investors. We are less likely to see sustained downtrends or significant volatility resulting from large institutional trading. Looking for ways to reinforce your current portfolio holdings? Take a look at our free platform for a list of stocks with a strong growth potential.

Are you a potential investor? Ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around GGG. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors like the intrinsic valuation of GGG, which is a key driver of GGG’s share price. Take a look at our most recent infographic report on GGG for a more in-depth analysis of these factors to help you make a more well-informed investment decision.

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.