Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX) Share Register?

The big shareholder groups in Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

Odyssey Marine Exploration is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$31m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Odyssey Marine Exploration.

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NasdaqCM:OMEX Ownership Summary, December 23rd 2019
NasdaqCM:OMEX Ownership Summary, December 23rd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Odyssey Marine Exploration?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Odyssey Marine Exploration already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 8.5% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 Odyssey Marine Exploration, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqCM:OMEX Income Statement, December 23rd 2019
NasdaqCM:OMEX Income Statement, December 23rd 2019

Odyssey Marine Exploration is not owned by hedge funds. Kenneth Fried is currently the largest shareholder, with 5.2% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are The Vanguard Group, Inc. and BlackRock, Inc., holding 2.8% and 2.3%, respectively.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 19 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, It also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Odyssey Marine Exploration

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.. Insiders have a US$3.9m stake in this US$31m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 79% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

For example, we’ve discovered 6 warning signs for Odyssey Marine Exploration (of which 1 is major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free free list of interesting companies.

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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