What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:TGA) Stock?

The big shareholder groups in TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:TGA) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

TransGlobe Energy is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$107m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about TGA.

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NasdaqGS:TGA Ownership Summary, July 31st 2019
NasdaqGS:TGA Ownership Summary, July 31st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About TransGlobe Energy?

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.

TransGlobe Energy already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 46% 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. 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 TransGlobe Energy, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:TGA Income Statement, July 31st 2019
NasdaqGS:TGA Income Statement, July 31st 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in TransGlobe Energy. 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 TransGlobe Energy

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in TransGlobe Energy Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$107m, and insiders have US$4.3m worth of shares, in their own names. 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, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 50% of TransGlobe Energy shares. 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.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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