What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.’s (TSE:NDM) Shareholder Register?

A look at the shareholders of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSE:NDM) 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 have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Northern Dynasty Minerals is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$249m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Northern Dynasty Minerals.

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TSX:NDM Ownership Summary, January 7th 2020
TSX:NDM Ownership Summary, January 7th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Northern Dynasty Minerals?

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 22% of Northern Dynasty Minerals. 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 Northern Dynasty Minerals, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:NDM Income Statement, January 7th 2020
TSX:NDM Income Statement, January 7th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Northern Dynasty Minerals. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Stirling Global Value Fund Inc. with 6.2% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Ostvast Capital Management Limited and Russell Investment Management, LLC as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 3.4% and 2.4%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 17 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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. 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 Northern Dynasty Minerals

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.. In their own names, insiders own CA$6.5m worth of stock in the CA$249m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 76% of Northern Dynasty Minerals. 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

For example, we’ve discovered 5 warning signs for Northern Dynasty Minerals (of which 2 are major) which any shareholder or potential investor 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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