Should You Be Concerned About SeaBird Exploration Plc’s (OB:SBX) Shareholders?

I am going to take a deep dive into SeaBird Exploration Plc’s (OB:SBX) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. A company’s ownership structure is often linked to its share performance in both the long- and short-term. Differences in ownership structure of companies can have a profound effect on how management’s incentives are aligned with shareholder returns, and whether they adhere to corporate governance best practices. Although this is an important factor for long-term investors, many investors can also be impacted by institutional presence and their high-volume trading. Therefore, it is beneficial for us to examine SBX’s ownership structure in more detail.

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OB:SBX Ownership Summary August 23rd 18
OB:SBX Ownership Summary August 23rd 18

Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors are one of the largest group of market participants and their buy-sell decisions on a company’s stock can significantly impact prices, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. With an institutional ownership of 4.77%, SBX doesn’t seem too exposed to higher volatility resulting from institutional trading. In addition, the fact that the company is covered by only 1 analyst indicates that it is yet to become popular amongst large sell-side institutions.

Insider Ownership

An important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. 9.78% ownership makes insiders an important shareholder group. This level of ownership indicates closely aligned interests of shareholders and management. It may be interesting to see what insiders have been doing with their shares lately. Insiders buying shares can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can be simply driven by personal financial needs.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a substantial 63.12% stake in SBX, making it a highly popular stock among retail investors. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses.

Private Company Ownership

Another group of owners that a potential investor in SBX should consider are private companies, with a stake of 20.38%. While they invest more often due to strategic interests, an investment can also be driven by capital gains through share price appreciation. An ownership of this size indicates a strong financial backing and has the potential to influence SBX’s business strategy. Thus, investors should dig deeper into SBX’s business relations with these companies and how it can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.

Next Steps:

With a low level of institutional ownership, investors in SBX need not worry about non-fundamental factors such as ownership structure causing large impact on stock prices. However, if you are building an investment case for SBX, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as SeaBird Exploration’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SBX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SBX’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has SBX been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of SBX’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.