Do Institutions Own eXeBlock Technology Corporation (CNSX:XBLK) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in eXeBlock Technology Corporation (CNSX:XBLK) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.’

eXeBlock Technology is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$2.1m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about XBLK.

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CNSX:XBLK Ownership Summary, August 22nd 2019
CNSX:XBLK Ownership Summary, August 22nd 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About eXeBlock Technology?

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. eXeBlock Technology might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

CNSX:XBLK Income Statement, August 22nd 2019
CNSX:XBLK Income Statement, August 22nd 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in eXeBlock Technology. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of eXeBlock Technology

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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 eXeBlock Technology Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just CA$2.1m, and insiders have CA$544k 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, hold a substantial 73% stake in XBLK, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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