Gogoro Inc.'s (NASDAQ:GGR) 5.7% loss last week hit both individual investors who own 45% as well as institutions
Gogoro’s significant individual investors ownership suggests that the key decisions are influenced by shareholders from the larger public
A total of 7 investors have a majority stake in the company with 50% ownership
A look at the shareholders of Gogoro Inc. (NASDAQ:GGR) can tell us which group is most powerful. We can see that individual investors own the lion’s share in the company with 45% ownership. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.
Following a 5.7% decrease in the stock price last week, individual investors suffered the most losses, but institutions who own 24% stock also took a hit.
In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of Gogoro.
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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Gogoro?
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 Gogoro does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company’s 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Gogoro’s historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.
We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Gogoro. The company’s largest shareholder is Gold Sino Assets Limited, with ownership of 22%. Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd. is the second largest shareholder owning 11% of common stock, and Far Eastern International Bank, Asset Management Arm holds about 5.0% of the company stock. Furthermore, CEO Hok-Sum Luke is the owner of 3.3% of the company’s shares.
We did some more digging and found that 7 of the top shareholders account for roughly 50% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.
While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.
Insider Ownership Of Gogoro
While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.
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.
Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Gogoro Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$82m worth of the US$852m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.
General Public Ownership
With a 45% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over Gogoro. 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.
Private Company Ownership
Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 22%, of the company’s shares. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.
While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Gogoro that you should be aware of.
If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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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