How Much Of TBG Diagnostics Limited (ASX:TDL) Do Insiders Own?

A look at the shareholders of TBG Diagnostics Limited (ASX:TDL) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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$4.8m, TBG Diagnostics 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 institutions are not on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about TBG Diagnostics.

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ASX:TDL Ownership Summary, February 13th 2020
ASX:TDL Ownership Summary, February 13th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About TBG Diagnostics?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. TBG Diagnostics might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

ASX:TDL Income Statement, February 13th 2020
ASX:TDL Income Statement, February 13th 2020

TBG Diagnostics is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that Medigen Biotechnology Corp. is the largest shareholder with 52% of shares outstanding. This implies that they have majority interest control of the future of the company. The second largest shareholder with 18%, is Eternal Materials Co., Ltd., followed by Mei Wang Fu, with an ownership of 1.0%.

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. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of TBG Diagnostics

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in TBG Diagnostics Limited. In their own names, insiders own AU$314k worth of stock in the AU$4.8m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 23% stake in TDL. 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

Public companies currently own 70% of TDL stock. 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we’ve discovered 4 warning signs for TBG Diagnostics (2 make us uncomfortable!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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.

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