Do Directors Own East Asia Minerals Corporation (CVE:EAS) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in East Asia Minerals Corporation (CVE:EAS) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

East Asia Minerals is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$3.4m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about East Asia Minerals.

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TSXV:EAS Ownership Summary April 6th 2020
TSXV:EAS Ownership Summary April 6th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About East Asia Minerals?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

East Asia Minerals already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 28% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at East Asia Minerals’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSXV:EAS Income Statement April 6th 2020
TSXV:EAS Income Statement April 6th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in East Asia Minerals. The company’s largest shareholder is Tocqueville Asset Management LP, with ownership of 14%, With 14% and 4.4% of the shares outstanding respectively, Sprott Asset Management, LP and Terrence Filbert are the second and third largest shareholders. Terrence Filbert also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 7 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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 East Asia Minerals

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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in East Asia Minerals Corporation. As individuals, the insiders collectively own CA$175k worth of the CA$3.4m 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 — mostly retail investors — own 67% of East Asia Minerals. 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:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – East Asia Minerals has 5 warning signs (and 2 which are a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this 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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