What Percentage Of PaySign, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYS) Shares Do Insiders Own?

If you want to know who really controls PaySign, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYS), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

With a market capitalization of US$496m, PaySign 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 are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about PAYS.

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NasdaqCM:PAYS Ownership Summary, December 10th 2019
NasdaqCM:PAYS Ownership Summary, December 10th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About PaySign?

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.

PaySign already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 31% 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. 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 PaySign, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqCM:PAYS Income Statement, December 10th 2019
NasdaqCM:PAYS Income Statement, December 10th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in PaySign. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of PaySign

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in PaySign, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$496m, and insiders have US$220m worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 24% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over PAYS. 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.

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.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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