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What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most CounterPath Corporation (TSE:PATH) Stock?

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A look at the shareholders of CounterPath Corporation (TSE:PATH) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said 'Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.'

CounterPath is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$16m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about PATH.

View our latest analysis for CounterPath

TSX:PATH Ownership Summary, May 2nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About CounterPath?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

We can see that CounterPath does have institutional investors; and they hold 5.2% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It's therefore worth looking at CounterPath's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:PATH Income Statement, May 2nd 2019

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

Insider Ownership Of CounterPath

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of CounterPath Corporation. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own CA$8.6m worth of shares in the CA$16m company. That's quite meaningful. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 39% stake in PATH. 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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It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand CounterPath better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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