What Percentage Of Advanced Share Registry Limited (ASX:ASW) Shares Do Insiders Own?

If you want to know who really controls Advanced Share Registry Limited (ASX:ASW), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

With a market capitalization of AU$29m, Advanced Share Registry is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by 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 Advanced Share Registry.

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ASX:ASW Ownership Summary April 20th 2020
ASX:ASW Ownership Summary April 20th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Advanced Share Registry?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Advanced Share Registry’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

ASX:ASW Income Statement April 20th 2020
ASX:ASW Income Statement April 20th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Advanced Share Registry. The company’s CEO Kim Phin Chong is the largest shareholder with 56% of shares outstanding. This essentially means that they have significant control over the outcome or future of the company, which is why insider ownership is usually looked upon favourably by prospective buyers. Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited is the second largest shareholder with 10% of common stock, followed by The Australian Superannuation Group (WA) Pty Ltd, holding 1.5% of the stock.

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. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Advanced Share Registry

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of Advanced Share Registry Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. Given it has a market cap of AU$29m, that means they have AU$18m worth of shares. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 23% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Public Company Ownership

We can see that public companies hold 11%, of the ASW shares on issue. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Advanced Share Registry better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that Advanced Share Registry is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about…

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