Do Insiders Own Shares In BBX Minerals Limited (ASX:BBX)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 06, 2020
ASX:BBX

The big shareholder groups in BBX Minerals Limited (ASX:BBX) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes 'a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people'. So it's nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

BBX Minerals is a smaller company with a market capitalization of AU$52m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about BBX Minerals.

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ASX:BBX Ownership Summary, February 6th 2020
ASX:BBX Ownership Summary, February 6th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About BBX Minerals?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

BBX Minerals already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 47% of the company. 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 BBX Minerals's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

ASX:BBX Income Statement, February 6th 2020
ASX:BBX Income Statement, February 6th 2020

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in BBX Minerals. The company's largest shareholder is National Philanthropic Trust, Endowment Arm, with ownership of 47%, Next, we have Andrew Igo and Michael Schmulian as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 7.9% and 3.0%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Michael Schmulian also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

Our analysis suggests that the top 2 shareholders collectively control 55% of the company's shares, implying that they have considerable power to influence the company's decisions.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of BBX Minerals

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 maintain a significant holding in BBX Minerals Limited. Insiders have a AU$11m stake in this AU$52m 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 29% stake in BBX. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that BBX Minerals is showing 7 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 3 of those are a bit unpleasant...

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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