Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In ATIF Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:ATIF)?

The big shareholder groups in ATIF Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:ATIF) 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. 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.

With a market capitalization of US$128m, ATIF Holdings is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by 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. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ATIF.

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NasdaqCM:ATIF Ownership Summary, July 31st 2019
NasdaqCM:ATIF Ownership Summary, July 31st 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ATIF Holdings?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at 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. ATIF Holdings might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

NasdaqCM:ATIF Income Statement, July 31st 2019
NasdaqCM:ATIF Income Statement, July 31st 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in ATIF Holdings. 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 ATIF Holdings

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of ATIF Holdings Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own US$105m worth of shares in the US$128m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 18% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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