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What Type Of Shareholder Owns Sona Nanotech Inc.'s (CNSX:SONA)?

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A look at the shareholders of Sona Nanotech Inc. (CNSX:SONA) can tell us which group is most powerful. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. 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.'

With a market capitalization of CA$11m, Sona Nanotech is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about SONA.

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CNSX:SONA Ownership Summary, September 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sona Nanotech?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

Sona Nanotech already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 8.9% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Sona Nanotech's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

CNSX:SONA Income Statement, September 17th 2019

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

Insider Ownership Of Sona Nanotech

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Sona Nanotech Inc.. Insiders own CA$1.7m worth of shares in the CA$11m company. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public -- mostly retail investors -- own 73% of Sona Nanotech . This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Sona Nanotech 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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