If you to know where fund managers and famous investors such as Eric Sprott and Alex Waislitz are putting their money, we’ve been keeping track of substantial holder buys (and sells).

Trading Places is Stockhead’s recap of the substantial holder movements among ASX small caps over the last fortnight.

Substantial shareholders are those holding 5 per cent or more of a company’s shares — these can be directors, individual investors, or institutional investors.

Shareholders are required to announce to the exchange when they cross above or below the 5 per cent threshold, as well as any change in their holdings while they remain above 5 per cent.


Substantial holder buys

Company Code Market Cap Holder Stake Status
WPP WPP $588.0M Perennial Value Management 6.14% Increasing
Big River Gold BRV $82.9M Copulos Group 33.60% Increasing
Macarthur Minerals MIO $70.5M Copulos Group 5.35% Becoming
Buderim Group BUG $20.5M George Vasili 14.86% Increasing
Scout Security SCT $16.2M EGP Capital 5.06% Becoming
Asaleo Care AHY $708.9M Spheria Asset Management 8.17% Increasing
Cyprium Metals CYM $19.7M Ilwella 6.40% Increasing
Calidus Resources CAI $135.2M Elanwi Trust 5.12% Increasing
Riedel Resources RIE $18.5M Flagstaff Minerals 7.13% Becoming
Zeotech ZEO $65.8M LL&P 7.73% Increasing
Autosports Group ASG $291.5M Celeste Funds Management 5.49% Becoming
Pilbara Minerals PLS $1.9B AustralianSuper 7.29% Becoming
Whispir WSP $349.3M Pie Funds Management 5.26% Becoming
NTM Gold NTM $89.0M Regal Funds Management 13.50% Increasing
BSA BSA $143.0M Naos Asset Management 29.26% Increasing
Genworth Mortgage Insurance GMA $924.0M Australian Ethical Investment 5.02% Becoming
Bravura Solutions BVS $840.4M Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial 6.15% Increasing
Black Dragon Gold BDG $11.8M Delphi 8.76% Increasing
Alto Metals AME $38.2M Windsong Valley 18.42% Increasing
LawFinance LAW $32.8M EGP Capital 11.07% Increasing
Saturn Metals STN $70.5M Sprott 8.50% Increasing
Dacian Gold DCN $211.5M Sun Valley Gold 6.22% Increasing
Altech Chemicals ATC $45.3M Delphi 19.50% Increasing
CFOAM CFO $11.9M Nicholas Mynott 5.34% Becoming
Hydrix HYD $41.5M Perennial Value Management 8.79% Becoming
Syrah Resources SYR $424.6M Paradice Investment Management 7.91% Increasing
Vintage Energy VEN $37.4M Regal Funds Management 13.88% Increasing
BPH Energy BPH $19.2M JGM Property Investments 6.31% Increasing
Horizon Minerals HRZ $56.8M Delphi 7.43% Increasing
Oneview Healthcare ONE $17.7M James Vicars 25.76% Increasing
Altech Chemicals ATC $45.3M Melewar Equities 11.03% Increasing
Kleos Space KSS $83.0M Winance 5.48% Becoming
Angel Seafoods AS1 $20.5M Thorney Opportunities 13.08% Increasing
Cooper Energy CE $595.3M L1 Capital 10.68% Increasing
DGO Gold DGO $203.2M Cairnglen Investments 9.74% Increasing
Cradle Resources CXX $12.0M Harvest Lane Asset Management 9.94% Increasing
EML Payments EML $1.5B Retail Employees Super 5.08% Becoming
Desert Metals DM1 $31.6M Brian Rodan 19.85% Increasing
Fremont Petroleum FPL $14.0M Regal Funds Management 15.65% Increasing
Uniti UWL $1.1B QVG Group 6.22% Increasing
MMA Offshore MMR $2.7M Perennial Value Management 8.33% Increasing
Aerometrex AMX $107.6M Perennial Value Management 8.73% Increasing
Cardinal Resources CDV $598.1M Shandong 43.39% Increasing
Argo Exploration AXT $2.7M Kathryn Van Der Zwan 10.25% Increasing
Energy Technologies EGY $14.7M Anthony Smith 7.69% Increasing
Capral CAA $101.0M Castle Point Funds Management 5.33% Becoming
Ovato OVT $11.0M Are Media 22.90% Becoming
Lithium Power International LPI $59.7M Regal Funds Management 12.25% Increasing
Azure Minerals AZS $153.1M Delphi 18.26% Increasing
Acrux ACR $37.0M BioScience Managers 15.09% Becoming
Cynata Therapeutics CYP $95.5M BioScience Managers 10.33% Becoming
Shriro Holdings SHM $80.8M Spheria Asset Management 5.70% Becoming
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Several buys were made by fund managers and investors amidst ASX gold stocks. The most noteworthy was Sprott Group topping up its holdings in Saturn Metals (ASX:STN) to 8.5 per cent.

Brian Rodan now owns nearly 20 per cent of Desert Metals (ASX:DM1) which only listed this month but is one of the top IPOs of 2020, having more than tripled.

The Copulos Group bought more of Brazilian focused explorer Big River Gold (ASX:BRV) while hedge fund Sun Valley bought more of troubled producer Dacian Gold (ASX:DCN).

Looking to other sectors, Perennial topped up its holdings in MMA Offshore (ASX:MMR) and Aerometrex (ASX:AMX) and became a substantial holder of Hydrix (ASX:HYD).

The most notable buy of Alex Waislitz’s private investment vehicle, Thorney Opportunities, was in Angel Seafood (ASX:AS1) and it now owns over 13 per cent.

QVG Group topped up its holdings in high flying telco Uniti (ASX:UWL) to over 6 per cent.


Substantial holder sales

Company Code Market Cap Holder Current Stake Status
MACA MCA $332.3M Schroder Investment Management 7.35% Decreasing
Parkd PKD $3.2M David Thomas 12.57% Decreasing
Metals X MLX $113.4M Argyle St Management 10.06% Decreasing
Allegience Coal AHQ $42.4M Altius Resources 5.36% Decreasing
Six Sigma Metals SI6 $39.2M Vermar CAPH 5% Decreasing
Lovisa Holdings LOV $1.2B L1 Capital <5% Ceasing
Nitro Software NTO $605.3M Regal Funds Management 8.03% Decreasing
Angel Seafood AS1 $22.4M Bonafide Wealth Management 12.99% Decreasing
Cradle Resources CXX $12.0M Tremont Investments <5% Ceasing
City Chic Collective CCX $909.6M Pendal <5% Ceasing
Alpha HPA A4N $218.1M Regal Funds Management 10.09% Decreasing
Atrum Coal ATU $165.5M Regal Funds Management <5% Ceasing
Spirit Technologies ST1 $213.2M Regal Funds Management 9.84% Decreasing
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Sales by Regal Funds Management included its stakes in Atrum Coal (ASX:ATU) and Spirit Technologies (ASX:ST1).

Pendal Group dropped its stake in City Chic Collective (ASX:CCX) below the 5 per cent threshold.