Could The Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

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The big shareholder groups in Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of US$308m, Clearwater Paper is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about CLW.

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NYSE:CLW Ownership Summary, July 10th 2019
NYSE:CLW Ownership Summary, July 10th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Clearwater Paper?

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.

Clearwater Paper already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 85% of the company. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Clearwater Paper, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:CLW Income Statement, July 10th 2019
NYSE:CLW Income Statement, July 10th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Clearwater Paper is not owned by hedge funds. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Clearwater Paper

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Clearwater Paper Corporation. In their own names, insiders own US$6.7m worth of stock in the US$308m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 12% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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