What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Cardinal Energy Ltd.’s (TSE:CJ) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in Cardinal Energy Ltd. (TSE:CJ) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Cardinal Energy is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$343m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about CJ.

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TSX:CJ Ownership Summary, May 17th 2019
TSX:CJ Ownership Summary, May 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Cardinal Energy?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

As you can see, institutional investors own 19% of Cardinal Energy. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Cardinal Energy’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

TSX:CJ Income Statement, May 17th 2019
TSX:CJ Income Statement, May 17th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Cardinal Energy. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Cardinal Energy

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Cardinal Energy Ltd.. In their own names, insiders own CA$12m worth of stock in the CA$343m company. 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, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 77% of Cardinal 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Cardinal Energy better, we need to consider many other factors.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of 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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