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Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Intercontinental Gold and Metals Ltd. (CVE:ICAU) Share Register?

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Every investor in Intercontinental Gold and Metals Ltd. (CVE:ICAU) 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. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.'

Intercontinental Gold and Metals is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$2.7m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about ICAU.

See our latest analysis for Intercontinental Gold and Metals

TSXV:ICAU Ownership Summary, April 29th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Intercontinental Gold and Metals?

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. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Intercontinental Gold and Metals'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.

TSXV:ICAU Income Statement, April 29th 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Intercontinental Gold and Metals. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Intercontinental Gold and Metals

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. 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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Intercontinental Gold and Metals Ltd.. It has a market capitalization of just CA$2.7m, and insiders have CA$989k 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

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 63% of Intercontinental Gold and Metals shares. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

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.

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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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