Why Quinsam Capital Corporation’s (CNSX:QCA) Ownership Structure Is Important

I am going to take a deep dive into Quinsam Capital Corporation’s (CNSX:QCA) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. Ownership structure has been found to have an impact on shareholder returns in both short- and long-term. 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. Now I will analyze QCA’s shareholder registry in more detail.

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CNSX:QCA Ownership Summary July 31st 18
CNSX:QCA Ownership Summary July 31st 18

Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors typically buy and sell shares in large magnitudes which can significantly sway the share price, especially when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. QCA hardly has any institutional ownership, leaving investors little to think about sharp price volatility in the stock that could take place due to institutional trading.

Insider Ownership

An 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 QCA is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 11.26% 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. While insider buying is possibly a sign of a positive outlook for the company, selling doesn’t necessarily indicate a negative outlook as they may be selling to meet personal financial needs.

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 86.76% in QCA is held by the general public. 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.

Public Company Ownership

Another important group of owners for potential investors in QCA are other public companies that hold a stake of 1.27% in QCA. These are the companies that are mainly invested due to their strategic interests or incentivized by reaping capital gains on investments. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence QCA’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

Next Steps:

Institutional ownership level and composition in QCA 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 QCA. Instead, you should be evaluating company-specific factors such as Quinsam Capital’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for QCA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for QCA’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has QCA 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 QCA’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. 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.

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