Who Really Owns CoAssets Limited (ASX:CA8)?

In this article, I’m going to take a look at CoAssets Limited’s (ASX:CA8) latest ownership structure, a non-fundamental factor which is important, but remains a less discussed subject among investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. The effect of an active institutional investor with a similar ownership as a passive pension-fund can be vastly different on a company’s corporate governance and accountability to shareholders. While this may be more interesting for long-term investors, short-term investors can also benefit by paying attention to when these institutions trade in order to take advantage of the heightened volatility. Therefore, I will take a look at CA8’s shareholders in more detail.

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ASX:CA8 Ownership_summary Jun 5th 18
ASX:CA8 Ownership_summary Jun 5th 18

Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors are one of the largest group of market participants and their buy-sell decisions on a company’s stock can significantly impact prices, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. A low institutional ownership of 5.19% puts CA8 on a list of companies that are not likely exposed to spikes in volatility resulting from institutional trading.

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 CA8 is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 65.78% 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). Another aspect of insider ownership is to learn about their recent transactions. 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:CA8 Insider_trading Jun 5th 18
ASX:CA8 Insider_trading Jun 5th 18

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a substantial 20.12% stake in CA8, making it a highly popular stock among retail investors. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in major company policies that affect shareholders returns, including executive remuneration and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 8.24% stake in CA8. With a stake of this size, they can be influential in key policy decisions. An investor should be encouraged by the ownership of these institutions who are known to be experts in increasing efficiency, improving capital structure and opting for value-accretive policy decisions.

Private Company Ownership

Potential investors in CA8 should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 0.66%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence CA8’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

Next Steps:

Institutional ownership level and composition in CA8 is not high nor active enough to significantly impact its investment thesis. However, ownership structure should not be the only determining factor when you’re building an investment thesis for CA8. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of CoAssets’s share price. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Is CA8’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
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.