i-80 Gold Corp. (TSE:IAU) has caught the attention of institutional investors who hold a sizeable 33% stake

If you want to know who really controls i-80 Gold Corp. (TSE:IAU), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. The group holding the most number of shares in the company, around 33% to be precise, is institutions. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

Since institutional have access to huge amounts of capital, their market moves tend to receive a lot of scrutiny by retail or individual investors. As a result, a sizeable amount of institutional money invested in a firm is generally viewed as a positive attribute.

Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner of i-80 Gold, beginning with the chart below.

Check out our latest analysis for i-80 Gold

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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About i-80 Gold?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in i-80 Gold. 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 i-80 Gold’s earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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i-80 Gold is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Equinox Gold Corp. with 25% of shares outstanding. Sprott Asset Management LP is the second largest shareholder owning 9.4% of common stock, and Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc. holds about 5.4% of the company stock. Furthermore, CEO Ewan Downie is the owner of 2.3% of the company’s shares.

To make our study more interesting, we found that the top 5 shareholders control more than half of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company’s decision-making.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of i-80 Gold

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in i-80 Gold Corp.. In their own names, insiders own CA$17m worth of stock in the CA$608m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public– including retail investors — own 28% stake in the company, and hence can’t easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 11%, private equity firms could influence the i-80 Gold board. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Public Company Ownership

We can see that public companies hold 25% of the i-80 Gold shares on issue. We can’t be certain but it is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

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. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 3 warning signs for i-80 Gold (of which 2 are a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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