What Type Of Shareholder Owns Gallagher Security Corp.’s (CNSX:GLL)?

Every investor in Gallagher Security Corp. (CNSX:GLL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.’

With a market capitalization of CA$722k, Gallagher Security is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions don’t own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about GLL.

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CNSX:GLL Ownership Summary, July 24th 2019
CNSX:GLL Ownership Summary, July 24th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Gallagher Security?

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 could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Gallagher Security’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

CNSX:GLL Income Statement, July 24th 2019
CNSX:GLL Income Statement, July 24th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Gallagher Security. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Gallagher Security

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 Gallagher Security Corp.. It has a market capitalization of just CA$722k, and insiders have CA$85k worth of shares in their own names. 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 — mostly retail investors — own 88% of Gallagher Security . 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.

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