How Many UpSnap, Inc. (CNSX:UP) Shares Do Institutions Own?

The big shareholder groups in UpSnap, Inc. (CNSX:UP) 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. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

UpSnap is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$1.3m, so it may still be flying under the radar 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 take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about UP.

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CNSX:UP Ownership Summary, May 24th 2019
CNSX:UP Ownership Summary, May 24th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About UpSnap?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 15% of UpSnap. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see UpSnap’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

CNSX:UP Income Statement, May 24th 2019
CNSX:UP Income Statement, May 24th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in UpSnap. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of UpSnap

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of UpSnap, Inc. in their own names. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. It appears that the board holds about CA$3.9k worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of CA$1.3m. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 35% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over UP. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 50%, of the shares on issue. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand UpSnap better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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