Do Directors Own Mullen Group Ltd. (TSE:MTL) Shares?

A look at the shareholders of Mullen Group Ltd. (TSE:MTL) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of CA$1.0b, Mullen Group is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Mullen Group.

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TSX:MTL Ownership Summary, February 7th 2020
TSX:MTL Ownership Summary, February 7th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Mullen Group?

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 Mullen Group does have institutional investors; and they hold 67% of the 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 Mullen Group’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

TSX:MTL Income Statement, February 7th 2020
TSX:MTL Income Statement, February 7th 2020

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Mullen Group. Our data shows that Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. is the largest shareholder with 19% of shares outstanding. Next, we have QV Investors Inc. and Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 13% and 9.7%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

A deeper analysis brings to light the fact that 51% of the company is controlled by the top 5 shareholders suggesting that these owners wield significant influence on the business.

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 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 Mullen Group

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.

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 Mullen Group Ltd.. In their own names, insiders own CA$52m worth of stock in the CA$1.0b 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 holds a 28% stake in MTL. 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Mullen Group better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Mullen Group 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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