• Gold Miner Regis Resources has new substantial shareholders after news of aborted Twiggy bid for 15% of the gold miner
  • Fund manager Perpetual ceases to be a substantial shareholder in Bega Cheese after its share price falls 35% year to date
  • State Street Corporation becomes a substantial shareholder in cloud connectivity company Megaport

Trading Places is Stockhead’s semi-regular, pretty damn fascinating recap of the latest red flag buying and selling of ASX small and mid cap shares.  It is here that the rubber really hits the road for fund managers, stakeholders, distant (and not-so-distant) relatives and other famous or infamous investors.

Specifically, Trading Places tracks substantial shareholder movements – namely when a trade in a company’s stock crosses or falls below the 5% threshold.

Substantial shareholders are usually directors, individual investors, institutional investors… or their distant (and not-so-distant) relatives, which they will refer to as listed related bodies corporate or something similar. You can see in detail these listed bodies on the company’s ASX announcement.

Shareholders are required by basic human decency (and the law) to publicly declare via the exchange when their personal stake goes below or above 5%, and from there, every movement in their holdings while owning above 5%.

The becoming and ceasing to be a substantial shareholders are the ones we think are worth noting, where a trade takes an investor over the 5% threshold or has them drop back below.

Here’s the form to get you started, if reading this makes you twitchy.
 

Market overview

There has been little celebratory kisses, champagne or streamers to ring in FY23, instead it has been rather a sombre start to the new financial year.  The S&P ASX 200 index is in a correction (when a market falls 10% from its recent highs) and approaching bear territory (when equity markets are down 20% or more from their recent highs).

The S&P ASX 200 has fallen more than 13% in the year to date.  Marking the end of FY22 and the start of FY23 there has been some large buys and sell-offs on the ASX, whether to stem further losses or make the most of low prices to BTD.  Resources stocks continue to be in high demand including gold stocks, which Stockhead’s Reuben Adams’s recently reported were positioned to be the “last man standing” in the current economic climate of rising inflation, interest rate hikes and slowing economic growth.
 

Buyers – Becoming

Code Company Market Cap Date of change Holder Stake
RRL Regis Resources $1.12B 1/7/2022 Citigroup Global Markets Australia & related bodies 5.07%
RRL Regis Resources $1.12B 1/7/2022 Bank of America Corporation and its related bodies corporate 5.34%
KAR Karoon Energy $853.93M 6/7/2022 Australian Retirement Trust Pty LTD A 5.01%
SFR Sandfire Resources $1.70B 7/7/2022 First Sentier Investors Holdings & listed related bodies corporate 5.70%
RHC Ramsay Health Care $16.23B 6/7/2022 Pendal Group 5%
MIN Mineral Resources $8.71B 6/7/2022 State Street Corporation & subsidiaries named 5.04%
KGN Kogan.com 320.78M 4/7/2022 JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its affiliates 5.04%
GEN Genmin $63.32M 7/7/2022 Cranport Pty Ltd 5.17%
MP1 Megaport $1.01B 5/7/2022 State Street Corporation & subsidiaries named 5.15%

 

Gold miner Regis Resources (ASX:RRL), which has seen its share price tumble ~22% in the year to date to $6.41, has some new substantial share holders.  Perhaps WA Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s attempt to buy a large stake in Regis may start lifting interest in the struggling miner.

US financial service giant State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) has become a substantial shareholder of smart cloud connectivity company Megaport (ASX:MP1). The Megaport share price has been hammered this year and is down more than 66% year to date to $6.41, along with the broader S&P/ASX All Technology Index (ASX: XTX), which is down ~35%.
 

Sellers – Ceasing

Code Company Market Cap Date of change Holder
BGA Bega Cheese $1.11B 30/6/2022 Perpetual Ltd & related bodies corporate
SFR Sandfire Resources $1.70B 29/6/2022 Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries listed
FLT Flight Centre $3.54B 30/6/2022 UBS Group AG and its related bodies corporate
BKL Blackmores Limited $1.47B 6/7/2022 Spheria Asset Management Pty Ltd
BEX BikeExchange $11.12M 11/7/2022 Bombora Invesment Management (trustee for Bombora special investments growth fund)
NML Navarre Minerals $62.05M 30/6/2022 Each member of the Sun Valley Group
PDL Pendal Group $1.63B 6/7/2022 State Street Corporation & subsidiaries named
BSL BlueScope Steel $7.22B 5/7/2022 State Street Corporation & subsidiaries named
SYR Syrah Resources $830.02M 6/7/2022 UBS Group AG and its related bodies corporate

Do you like your Vegemite thickly spread or thin? It seems fund manager Perpetual doesn’t like it at all, selling out its stake of Vegemite owner Bega Cheese (ASX:BGA). Bega has seen a thick chunk of its share price sliced off in recent times, down more than 19% in the past month and ~35% year to date to $3.65.

Several brokers have recently downgraded their price targets for Bega, which has a range of dairy products and brought Aussie icon Vegemite back to Australian ownership in 2017.  Andrew Forrest also has a stake in Bega. Rising costs of its key ingredient milk are forecast to add some pressure to Bega’s bottom line.

 
State Street has also been selling out of a range of ASX listed companies in July including fundie Pendal (ASX:PDL), Bluescope Steel (ASX:BSL) and Mozambique focused graphite miner Syrah Resources (ASX:SYR).

Disclosure: The author held shares in Regis Resources (ASX:RRL) at the time of writing this article.