Who Really Owns MRG Metals Ltd (ASX:MRQ)?

Today, I will be analyzing MRG Metals Ltd’s (ASX:MRQ) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. The same amount of capital coming from an activist institution and a passive mutual fund has different implications on corporate governance, which is a decisive factor for a long-term investor. It also impacts the trading environment of company shares, which is more of a concern for short-term investors. Therefore, it is beneficial for us to examine MRQ’s ownership structure in more detail.

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ASX:MRQ Ownership_summary Mar 9th 18
ASX:MRQ Ownership_summary Mar 9th 18

Institutional Ownership

Due to the big order sizes of institutional investors, a company’s shares can experience large, one-sided momentum, driven by high volume of shares removed from, or injected into, the market. With hardly any institutional ownership, MRQ stock poses limited concern relating to the effect institutional block trades have on its stock price.

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. A major group of owners of MRQ is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 10.78% 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 MRQ insiders have been doing with their shareholdings lately. Insiders buying company shares can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can simply be driven by personal financial needs.
ASX:MRQ Insider_trading Mar 9th 18
ASX:MRQ Insider_trading Mar 9th 18

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a substantial 87.86% stake in MRQ, making it a highly popular stock among retail investors. 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. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.

Private Company Ownership

Another group of owners that a potential investor in MRQ should consider are private companies, with a stake of 0.91%. While they invest more often due to strategic interests, an investment can also be driven by capital gains through share price appreciation. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence MRQ’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

Next Steps:

With a low level of institutional ownership, investors in MRQ need not worry about non-fundamental factors such as ownership structure causing large impact on stock prices. However, ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around MRQ. Rather, you should be looking at fundamental drivers such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of MRG Metals’s share price. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the areas below. Just a heads up – to access some parts of the Simply Wall St research tool you might be asked to create a free account, but it takes just one click and the information they provide is definitely worth it in my opinion.

  • 1. Financial Health: Is MRQ’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why Simply Wall St does it for us. Check out important financial health checks here.
  • 2. Past Track Record: Has MRQ been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of MRQ’s historicals for more clarity.
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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.