In this article, I will take a quick look at Qantm Intellectual Property Limited’s (ASX:QIP) recent ownership structure – an unconventional investing subject, but an important one. When it comes to ownership structure of a company, the impact has been observed in both the long-and short-term performance of shares. If an activist institution invests the same amount of capital in a stock as a passive long-term pension fund, the implications are potentially different for key corporate financing decisions such as the use of excess cash or the source of financing. While these are more of a long-term investor’s concern, short-term investors may find the impact of institutional trading overwhelming enough to lose out on what could be a potential opportunity. Therefore, I will take a look at QIP’s shareholders in more detail.
Institutional OwnershipWith an institutional ownership of 33.10%, QIP can face volatile stock price movements if institutions execute block trades on the open market, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade However, as not all institutions are alike, such high volatility events, especially in the short-term, have been more frequently linked to active market participants like hedge funds. For QIP shareholders, the potential of this type of share price volatility shouldn’t be as concerning as hedge fund ownership is is not significant,indicating few chances of such sudden price moves. While that hardly seems concerning, I will explore further into QIP’s ownership type to find out how it can affect the company’s investment profile.
Insider OwnershipI find insiders are an important group of stakeholders, who are directly involved in making key decisions related to the use of capital. In essence, insider ownership is more about the alignment of shareholders’ interests with the management. A major group of owners of QIP is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 15.80% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). It’s also interesting to learn what QIP insiders have been doing with their shareholdings lately. Insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.
General Public OwnershipA substantial ownership of 31.17% in QIP is held by the general public. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses.
Private Company OwnershipAnother important group of owners for potential investors in QIP are private companies that hold a stake of 19.93% in QIP. These are companies that are mainly invested due to their strategic interests or are incentivized by reaping capital gains on investments their shareholdings. An ownership of this size indicates a strong financial backing and has the potential to influence QIP’s business strategy. Thus, investors should dig deeper into QIP’s business relations with these companies and how it can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.
QIP’s considerably high level of institutional ownership calls for further analysis into its margin of safety. This will enable shareholders to comfortably invest in the company while avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. However, if you are building an investment case for QIP, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as Qantm Intellectual Property’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for QIP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for QIP’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Is QIP’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
- Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
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