Do Insiders Own Shares In Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (CVE:GLK)?

Every investor in Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (CVE:GLK) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Great Lakes Graphite is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$5.3m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about GLK.

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TSXV:GLK Ownership Summary January 11th 19
TSXV:GLK Ownership Summary January 11th 19

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Great Lakes Graphite?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Great Lakes Graphite might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

TSXV:GLK Income Statement Export January 11th 19
TSXV:GLK Income Statement Export January 11th 19

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Great Lakes Graphite. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Great Lakes Graphite

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Great Lakes Graphite Inc.. Insiders have a CA$729k stake in this CA$5.3m business. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 86% of Great Lakes Graphite shares. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

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.

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