What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Sigma Labs, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SGLB) Shareholder Register?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 28, 2020
NasdaqCM:SGLB

If you want to know who really controls Sigma Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGLB), 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. 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.

Sigma Labs is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$8.4m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions don't own many shares in the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Sigma Labs.

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NasdaqCM:SGLB Ownership Summary May 28th 2020
NasdaqCM:SGLB Ownership Summary May 28th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sigma Labs?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

Institutions own less than 5% of Sigma Labs. That indicates that the company is on the radar of some funds, but it isn't particularly popular with professional investors at the moment. If the business gets stronger from here, we could see a situation where more institutions are keen to buy. It is not uncommon to see a big share price rise if multiple institutional investors are trying to buy into a stock at the same time. So check out the historic earnings trajectory, below, but keep in mind it's the future that counts most.

NasdaqCM:SGLB Income Statement May 28th 2020
NasdaqCM:SGLB Income Statement May 28th 2020

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Sigma Labs. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Carl Schwartz with 7.8% of shares outstanding. Next, we have The Vanguard Group, Inc. and Frank Garofalo as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 1.0% and 0.4%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 17 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Sigma Labs

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.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Sigma Labs, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$782k worth of the US$8.4m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 90% stake in SGLB, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Sigma Labs better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 6 warning signs with Sigma Labs (at least 5 which shouldn't be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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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