What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSE:ITP)?

A look at the shareholders of Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSE:ITP) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Intertape Polymer Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$955m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Intertape Polymer Group.

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TSX:ITP Ownership Summary, February 3rd 2020
TSX:ITP Ownership Summary, February 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Intertape Polymer Group?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 24% of Intertape Polymer Group. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Intertape Polymer Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:ITP Income Statement, February 3rd 2020
TSX:ITP Income Statement, February 3rd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Intertape Polymer Group. Beutel Goodman & Company Ltd. is currently the largest shareholder, with 3.1% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 2.9%, is Mackenzie Financial Corporation, followed by Sammana Group INC., with an ownership of 2.4%.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 14 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Intertape Polymer Group

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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Intertape Polymer Group Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just CA$955m, and insiders have CA$28m worth of shares, in their own names. 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, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 71% stake in ITP, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should be aware of the 4 warning signs we’ve spotted with Intertape Polymer Group .

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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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