Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BASI) Share Register?

Every investor in Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BASI) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

Bioanalytical Systems is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$57m, 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 delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Bioanalytical Systems.

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NasdaqCM:BASI Ownership Summary, January 17th 2020
NasdaqCM:BASI Ownership Summary, January 17th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bioanalytical Systems?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

Bioanalytical Systems already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 8.5% of the company. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Bioanalytical Systems’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:BASI Income Statement, January 17th 2020
NasdaqCM:BASI Income Statement, January 17th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Bioanalytical Systems. From our data, we infer that the largest shareholder is Peter Kissinger (who also holds the title of Top Key Executive) with 12% of shares outstanding. Its usually considered a good sign when insiders own a significant number of shares in the company, and in this case, we’re glad to see a company insider play the role of a key stakeholder. The second and third largest shareholders are Estate Of Seth W. Hamot and Kimberly Sagartz, each holding around 6.1% of the shares outstanding.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 22 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Bioanalytical Systems

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$57m, and insiders have US$17m worth of shares in their own names. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 56% of Bioanalytical Systems shares. 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.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 6.1%, of the company’s shares. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 6 warning signs with Bioanalytical Systems (at least 2 which are potentially serious) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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