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Who Really Owns Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation (CVE:AME)?

Frank Brewer

In this article, I will take a quick look at Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation’s (TSXV:AME) recent ownership structure – an unconventional investing subject, but an important one. When it comes to ownership structure of a company, the impact has been observed in both the long-and short-term performance of shares. Since the effect of an active institutional investor with a similar ownership as a passive pension-fund can be vastly different on a company’s corporate governance and accountability of shareholders, investors should take a closer look at AME’s shareholder registry.

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TSXV:AME Ownership_summary Jun 1st 18

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. AME insiders are also influential stakeholders with 9.24% ownership in the company. This level of ownership indicates closely aligned interests of shareholders and management. I will also like to check what insiders have been doing recently with their holdings. insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 75.68% in AME is held by the general public. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in major company policies that affect shareholders returns, including executive remuneration and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Public Company Ownership

Another important group of owners for potential investors in AME are other public companies that hold a stake of 15.08% in AME. These are the companies that are mainly invested due to their strategic interests or incentivized by reaping capital gains on investments. An ownership of this size indicates a strong financial backing and has the potential to influence AME’s business strategy. Thus, investors should dig deeper into AME’s business relations with these companies and how it can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.

Next Steps:

A relatively significant holding of company insiders could mean high alignment with shareholders. But at the same time, investors should be aware of the level of influence executives could have on governance decisions. However, ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around AME. Instead, you should be evaluating company-specific factors such as Abacus Mining & Exploration’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Is AME’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Past Track Record: Has AME been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of AME’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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.
To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.