How Much Of Regeneus Ltd (ASX:RGS) Do Insiders Own?

A look at the shareholders of Regeneus Ltd (ASX:RGS) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of AU$19m, Regeneus is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows 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 Regeneus.

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ASX:RGS Ownership Summary, March 4th 2020
ASX:RGS Ownership Summary, March 4th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Regeneus?

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 are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Regeneus might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

ASX:RGS Income Statement, March 4th 2020
ASX:RGS Income Statement, March 4th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Regeneus. Our data suggests that Graham Vesey, who is also the company’s Chief Scientific Officer, holds the most number of shares at 5.7%. When an insider holds a sizeable amount of a company’s stock, investors consider it as a positive sign because it suggests that insiders are willing to have their wealth tied up in the future of the company. With 4.9% and 2.8% of the shares outstanding respectively, Leo Lee and Barry Sechos are the second and third largest shareholders. Note that they are also Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, respectively, once again pointing to significant ownership by company insiders.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 20 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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

Insider Ownership Of Regeneus

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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 Regeneus Ltd. Insiders have a AU$4.7m stake in this AU$19m 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, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 68% stake in RGS, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 7.6%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Regeneus better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that Regeneus is showing 7 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 3 of those are potentially serious…

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