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What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.'s (NASDAQ:OSN) Shareholder Register?

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Every investor in Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:OSN) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Warren Buffett said that he likes 'a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people'. So it's nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Ossen Innovation is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$13m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about OSN.

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NasdaqCM:OSN Ownership Summary, April 28th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ossen Innovation?

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. It is also possible that fund managers don't own the stock because they aren't convinced it will perform well. Ossen Innovation'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.

NasdaqCM:OSN Income Statement, April 28th 2019

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

Insider Ownership Of Ossen Innovation

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.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.. This gives them effective control of the company. So they have a US$8.9m stake in this US$13m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 30% stake in OSN. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Ossen Innovation better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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