Could The Monopar Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:MNPR) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

The big shareholder groups in Monopar Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:MNPR) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. 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.

Monopar Therapeutics is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$82m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Monopar Therapeutics.

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NasdaqCM:MNPR Ownership Summary, March 19th 2020
NasdaqCM:MNPR Ownership Summary, March 19th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Monopar Therapeutics?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

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. Monopar Therapeutics’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

NasdaqCM:MNPR Income Statement, March 19th 2020
NasdaqCM:MNPR Income Statement, March 19th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Monopar Therapeutics. The company’s largest shareholder is Tactic Pharma, LLC, with ownership of 69%, This implies that they have majority interest control of the future of the company. With 4.4% and 2.0% of the shares outstanding respectively, Diane Hendricks and Michael Brown are the second and third largest shareholders. Michael Brown also happens to hold the title of Member of the Board of Directors.

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. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Monopar Therapeutics

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Monopar Therapeutics Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$7.3m worth of the US$82m company. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 22% 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.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 69%, 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Monopar Therapeutics better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 4 warning signs with Monopar Therapeutics (at least 1 which is concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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