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Breaking Down Sailfish Royalty Corp’s (CVE:FISH) Ownership Structure

Micheal Lombardo

I am going to take a deep dive into Sailfish Royalty Corp’s (TSXV:FISH) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. Since the same amount of capital coming from an activist institution and a passive mutual fund has different implications on corporate governance, it is a useful exercise to deconstruct FISH’s shareholder registry.

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Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors are one of the largest group of market participants and their buy-sell decisions on a company’s stock can significantly impact prices, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. With hardly any institutional ownership, FISH stock poses limited concern related to effects on its stock price arising from block trading by institutions. But investors should also check whether hedge funds, mostly active investors with a short-term horizon, have a significant stake. They own 76.08% of FISH’s outstanding shares, enough to cause a spike in volatility, at least in the short-term. However, I would also examine the rest of its ownership structure in more detail to determine how the company’s major shareholders can affect its investment case.

Insider Ownership

Another important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. FISH insiders hold a minor stake in the company, which somewhat aligns their interests with that of shareholders. However, a higher level of insider ownership has been linked to management executing on high-returning projects instead of expansion projects for the sake of apparent growth. 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

The general public holds a substantial 22.64% stake in FISH, making it a highly popular stock among retail investors. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.

Next Steps:

While FISH has a low level of institutional ownership, active hedge funds still hold a significant stake in the company. This level of ownership is a non-fundamental factor that can impact stock prices in the short-term. It is important that FISH offers enough margin of safety in order to avoid a significant portfolio impact resulting from a sustained sell-off and drop in share value. However, if you are building an investment case for FISH, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of Sailfish Royalty’s share price. I highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Is FISH’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. 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.