What Kind Of Shareholders Hold The Majority In Resource Development Group Limited's (ASX:RDG) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
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A look at the shareholders of Resource Development Group Limited (ASX:RDG) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of AU$155m, Resource Development Group is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Resource Development Group.

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ASX:RDG Ownership Breakdown August 19th 2021

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Resource Development Group?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it's unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don't own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to funds under management, so the institution does not bother to look closely at the company. On the other hand, it's always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don't think it's the best place for their money. Resource Development Group might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

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ASX:RDG Earnings and Revenue Growth August 19th 2021

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Resource Development Group. The company's largest shareholder is Mineral Resources Limited, with ownership of 68%. This essentially means that they have extensive influence, if not outright control, over the future of the corporation. The second and third largest shareholders are Andrew Ellison and Gary Reid, with an equal amount of shares to their name at 4.9%. Andrew Ellison, who is the second-largest shareholder, also happens to hold the title of Chief Executive Officer.

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. We're not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Resource Development Group

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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Resource Development Group Limited. Insiders have a AU$24m stake in this AU$155m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 11% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 5.6%, of the company's shares. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 68% of Resource Development Group. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

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. Be aware that Resource Development Group is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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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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