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Should You Be Concerned About HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc’s (HTGM) Investors?

Ricardo Crouch

I am going to take a deep dive into HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc’s (NASDAQ:HTGM) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. The impact of a company’s ownership structure affects both its short- and long-term performance. Differences in ownership structure of companies can have a profound effect on how management’s incentives are aligned with shareholder returns, which is why we’ll take a moment to analyse HTGM’s shareholder registry. All data provided is as of the most recent financial year end.

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NasdaqCM:HTGM Ownership Summary Nov 22nd 17

Institutional Ownership

With an institutional ownership of 20.56%, HTGM can face volatile stock price movements if institutions execute block trades on the open market, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade However, as not all institutions are alike, such high volatility events, especially in the short-term, have been more frequently linked to active market participants like hedge funds. For HTGM shareholders, the potential of this type of share price volatility shouldn’t be as concerning as hedge fund ownership is is not significant,indicating few chances of such sudden price moves. While that hardly seems concerning, I will explore further into HTGM’s ownership type to find out how it can affect the company’s investment profile.

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. HTGM insiders hold a not-so-significant 2.31% 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.

NasdaqCM:HTGM Insider Trading Nov 22nd 17

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a substantial 58.43% stake in HTGM, making it a highly popular stock among retail investors. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 12.04%, private equity firms are a major stakeholder in HTGM and are in a position to play an important role in shaping up corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. This is an encouraging sign for investors as these investors tend to be active strategist in companies, focusing on increasing operational and capital efficiency for the firm.

Public Company Ownership

Potential investors in HTGM should also look at another important group of investors: other public companies, with a stake of 6.66%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. With this size of ownership in HTGM, this ownership class can affect the company’s business strategy. As a result, potential investors should further explore the company’s business relations with these companies and find out if they can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? HTGM’s considerably high level of institutional ownership calls for further analysis into its margin of safety. This will enable shareholders to comfortably invest in the company while avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. If you’re looking to diversify your holdings with high-quality stocks, our free analysis platform has a selection of high-quality stocks with a strong growth potential.

Are you a potential investor? Ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around HTGM. Rather, you should be looking at fundamental drivers like the future growth expectations around HTGM, which is a key factor that will influence HTGM’s share value. Take a look at our most recent infographic report on HTGM for a more in-depth analysis of these factors to help you make a more well-informed investment decision.

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.