What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Cathedral Energy Services Ltd. (TSE:CET)?

A look at the shareholders of Cathedral Energy Services Ltd. (TSE:CET) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.

Cathedral Energy Services is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$12m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Cathedral Energy Services.

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

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Cathedral Energy Services?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 7.9% of Cathedral Energy Services. 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 Cathedral Energy Services’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

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

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Cathedral Energy Services. Our data shows that Staci Wilks is the largest shareholder with 8.9% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 8.9%, is Dan Wilks, followed by FMR LLC, with an ownership of 4.4%.

Our studies suggest that the top 15 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company’s shares, meaning that the company’s shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Cathedral Energy Services

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Cathedral Energy Services Ltd.. Insiders have a CA$2.8m stake in this CA$12m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 68% stake in CET, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – Cathedral Energy Services has 3 warning signs (and 2 which shouldn’t be ignored) we think you should know about.

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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