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Should You Be Concerned About Cleveland BioLabs Inc’s (NASDAQ:CBLI) Investors?

Hector Vargas

Today, I will be analyzing Cleveland BioLabs Inc’s (NASDAQ:CBLI) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. 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 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 CBLI’s shareholder registry.

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NasdaqCM:CBLI Ownership_summary Feb 21st 18

Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors transact in large blocks which can influence the momentum of stock prices, at least in the short-term, especially when there is a low level of public shares available on the market to trade. With a not-so-big institutional ownership of 5.71%, CBLI is not too exposed to price volatility that may arise from institutional trading. But another factor to consider is the presence of hedge funds, who are notorious for active investing. In CBLI’s case, they make up 6.24% of ownership, indicating potential sharp stock price movements during significant transactions. 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. 58.27% ownership of CBLI insiders is large enough to make an impact on shareholder returns. In general, this level of insider ownership has negatively affected underperforming (consistently low PE ratio) companies and positively affected the companies that outperform (consistently high PE ratio). Another aspect of insider ownership is to learn about their recent transactions. While insider buying is possibly a sign of a positive outlook for the company, selling doesn’t necessarily indicate a negative outlook as they may be selling to meet personal financial needs.

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 29.79% in CBLI is held by the general public. 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:

Although CBLI has a low level of overall institutional ownership, active hedge funds still have a significant stake in the company. The participation of these active investors has been linked to the volatile nature of share prices. An investment in CBLI should come with enough margin of safety in order to avoid significant dips in shareholding value. However, if you are building an investment case for CBLI, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as Cleveland BioLabs’s past track record and financial health. I highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  • 1. Financial Health: Is CBLI’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 CBLI 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 CBLI’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.