Do Insiders Own Shares In Solar Alliance Energy Inc. (CVE:SOLR)?

If you want to know who really controls Solar Alliance Energy Inc. (CVE:SOLR), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in 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.

Solar Alliance Energy is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$6.5m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Solar Alliance Energy.

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TSXV:SOLR Ownership Summary, January 17th 2020
TSXV:SOLR Ownership Summary, January 17th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Solar Alliance Energy?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

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. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Solar Alliance Energy might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

TSXV:SOLR Income Statement, January 17th 2020
TSXV:SOLR Income Statement, January 17th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Solar Alliance Energy. Our data shows that Inspiration Holdings Ltd. is the largest shareholder with 35% of shares outstanding. With 9.7% and 5.6% of the shares outstanding respectively, Thomas Anderson and Jason Bak are the second and third largest shareholders. Jason Bak also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

Our analysis suggests that the top 3 shareholders collectively control 50% of the company’s shares, implying that they have considerable power to influence the company’s decisions.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Solar Alliance Energy

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Solar Alliance Energy Inc.. Insiders have a CA$1.0m stake in this CA$6.5m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 45% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SOLR. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 39%, of the company’s shares. 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:

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. To that end, you should learn about the 6 warning signs we’ve spotted with Solar Alliance Energy (including 5 which is make us uncomfortable) .

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