Do Institutions Own CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

CRA International is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$425m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about CRA International.

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NasdaqGS:CRAI Ownership Summary, January 8th 2020
NasdaqGS:CRAI Ownership Summary, January 8th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About CRA International?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

CRA International already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 80% 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. 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 CRA International’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:CRAI Income Statement, January 8th 2020
NasdaqGS:CRAI Income Statement, January 8th 2020

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Our data indicates that hedge funds own 5.8% of CRA International. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is BlackRock, Inc. with 9.6% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P. and Renaissance Technologies Corp. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 8.7% and 5.8%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Further, we can found that 52% of the ownership is controlled by the top 13 shareholders, meaning that no one shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of CRA International

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

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 CRA International, Inc.. In their own names, insiders own US$17m worth of stock in the US$425m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 10% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over CRAI. 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand CRA International better, we need to consider many other factors.

For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for CRA International which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

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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