What Kind Of Shareholders Hold The Majority In Computer Modelling Group Ltd.'s (TSE:CMG) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 30, 2020

Every investor in Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (TSE:CMG) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Computer Modelling Group is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$407m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Computer Modelling Group.

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TSX:CMG Ownership Breakdown December 30th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Computer Modelling Group?

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.

Computer Modelling Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. 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. 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 Computer Modelling Group's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:CMG Earnings and Revenue Growth December 30th 2020

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Computer Modelling Group is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. with 20% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 19% and 7.2% of the stock.

To make our study more interesting, we found that the top 4 shareholders control more than half of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company's decision-making.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Computer Modelling Group

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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Computer Modelling Group Ltd.. In their own names, insiders own CA$17m worth of stock in the CA$407m 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 holds a 28% stake in Computer Modelling Group. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Computer Modelling Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Computer Modelling Group you 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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