Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ:ULBI) Share Register?

Every investor in Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ:ULBI) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Ultralife is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$109m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Ultralife.

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NasdaqGM:ULBI Ownership Summary June 17th 2020
NasdaqGM:ULBI Ownership Summary June 17th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ultralife?

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.

We can see that Ultralife does have institutional investors; and they hold 36% of the stock. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Ultralife, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGM:ULBI Income Statement June 17th 2020
NasdaqGM:ULBI Income Statement June 17th 2020

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 35% of Ultralife. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. Grace Brothers Management, LLC is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 35% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P. and Visionary Wealth Advisors, LLC, holding 7.1% and 5.3%, respectively.

Additionally, we found that 51% of the shares are owned by the top 4 shareholders. In other words, these shareholders have a meaningful say in the decisions of the company.

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. 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 Ultralife

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. 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 some shares in Ultralife Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$109m, and insiders have US$3.9m worth of shares, in their own names. 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, with a 26% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Ultralife better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Ultralife that you should be aware of.

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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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