What You Must Know About Staffing 360 Solutions Inc’s (NASDAQ:STAF) Major Investors

Today, I will be analyzing Staffing 360 Solutions Inc’s (NASDAQ:STAF) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. Different types of investors can have varying degrees of influence on a company’s management team. For example, an active institutional investor may be more likely to hold a company accountable for certain actions whereas a passive fund will move in and out of stocks without regards to corporate governance. The implications of these institutions’ actions can either benefit or hinder individual investors, so it is important to understand the ownership composition of your stock investment. Therefore, I will take a look at STAF’s shareholders in more detail.

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NasdaqCM:STAF Ownership_summary Apr 3rd 18
NasdaqCM:STAF Ownership_summary Apr 3rd 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 5.80%, STAF doesn’t seem too exposed to higher volatility resulting from institutional trading. Additionally, the company is covered by only 2 analyst, further highlighting its low popularity.

Insider Ownership

Insiders form another group of important ownership types as they manage the company’s operations and decide the best use of capital. Insider ownership has been linked to better alignment between management and shareholders. 40.41% ownership of STAF insiders is large enough to make an impact on shareholder returns. In general, this level of insider ownership has negatively affected underperforming (consistently low PE ratio) companies and positively affected the companies that outperform (consistently high PE ratio). Another aspect of insider ownership is to learn about their recent transactions. While insider buying is possibly a sign of a positive outlook for the company, selling doesn’t necessarily indicate a negative outlook as they may be selling to meet personal financial needs.
NasdaqCM:STAF Insider_trading Apr 3rd 18
NasdaqCM:STAF Insider_trading Apr 3rd 18

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a substantial 53.11% stake in STAF, 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. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.

Private Company Ownership

Potential investors in STAF should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 0.68%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence STAF’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

Next Steps:

With a low level of institutional ownership, investors in STAF need not worry about non-fundamental factors such as ownership structure causing large impact on stock prices. However, ownership structure should not be the only determining factor when you’re building an investment thesis for STAF. Rather, you should be looking at fundamental drivers such as Staffing 360 Solutions’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

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.