Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ:QBAK) Share Register?

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If you want to know who really controls Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ:QBAK), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Qualstar is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$11m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about QBAK.

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NasdaqCM:QBAK Ownership Summary, June 10th 2019
NasdaqCM:QBAK Ownership Summary, June 10th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Qualstar?

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.

Qualstar already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 8.7% 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 Qualstar, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqCM:QBAK Income Statement, June 10th 2019
NasdaqCM:QBAK Income Statement, June 10th 2019

It would appear that 39% of Qualstar shares are controlled by hedge funds. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Qualstar

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Qualstar Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$11m, and insiders have US$249k worth of shares, in their own names. 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, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 50% stake in QBAK, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

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It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Qualstar better, we need to consider many other factors.

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.

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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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