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

The big shareholder groups in Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (NASDAQ:OSN) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.’

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. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about OSN.

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NasdaqCM:OSN Ownership Summary November 6th 18

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 many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. 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 Export November 6th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Ossen Innovation. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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. That means they own US$9m worth of shares in the US$13m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

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.

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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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