Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Global Atomic Corporation (TSE:GLO)?

If you want to know who really controls Global Atomic Corporation (TSE:GLO), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.

Global Atomic is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$70m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Global Atomic.

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TSX:GLO Ownership Summary, January 27th 2020
TSX:GLO Ownership Summary, January 27th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Global Atomic?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that Global Atomic does have institutional investors; and they hold 7.3% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Global Atomic, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:GLO Income Statement, January 27th 2020
TSX:GLO Income Statement, January 27th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Global Atomic. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is the CEO Stephen Roman with 8.2% of shares outstanding. Hargreave Hale Limited, Asset Management Arm is the second largest shareholder with 6.6% of common stock, followed by George Flach, holding 1.0% of the stock. Interestingly, George Flach is also a Member of the Board of Directors, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 11 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Global Atomic

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Global Atomic Corporation. Insiders own CA$7.3m worth of shares in the CA$70m company. 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 82% stake in GLO, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Global Atomic better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 4 warning signs with Global Atomic (at least 2 which are a bit concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free free list of interesting companies.

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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