Why Obsidian Energy Ltd’s (TSE:OBE) Ownership Structure Is Important

In this article, I’m going to take a look at Obsidian Energy Ltd’s (TSE:OBE) latest ownership structure, a non-fundamental factor which is important, but remains a less discussed subject among investors. Ownership structure has been found to have an impact on shareholder returns in both short- and long-term. Differences in ownership structure of companies can have a profound effect on how management’s incentives are aligned with shareholder returns, and whether they adhere to corporate governance best practices. Although this is an important factor for long-term investors, many investors can also be impacted by institutional presence and their high-volume trading. Therefore, I will take a look at OBE’s shareholders in more detail.

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TSX:OBE Ownership Summary August 2nd 18
TSX:OBE Ownership Summary August 2nd 18

Institutional Ownership

Institutions account for 20.71% of OBE’s outstanding shares, a significant enough holding to move stock prices if they start buying and selling in large quantities, especially when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. Although OBE has a high institutional ownership, such stock moves, in the short-term, are more commonly linked to a particular type of active institutional investors – hedge funds. Hedge funds, considered active investors, hold a 5.16% stake in the company, which may be the cause of high short-term volatility in the stock price. We should dig deeper into the company’s ownership structure to find how the rest of its ownership structure can impact its investment case.

Insider Ownership

Insiders form a group of important ownership types as they manage the company’s operations and decide the best use of capital. Insider ownership has been linked to better alignment between management and shareholders. OBE insiders are also influential stakeholders with 7.29% ownership in the company. This level of stake with insiders indicate highly aligned interests of shareholders and company executives. I will also like to check what insiders have been doing recently with their holdings. insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 66.82% in OBE is held by the general public. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses.

Private Company Ownership

Another important group of owners for potential investors in OBE are private companies that hold a stake of 0.014% in OBE. These are companies that are mainly invested due to their strategic interests or are incentivized by reaping capital gains on investments their shareholdings. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence OBE’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

Next Steps:

With significant institutional ownership, including active hedge, existing investors should seek a margin of safety when investing in OBE. This is to avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. However, ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around OBE. Rather, you should be looking at fundamental drivers such as Obsidian Energy’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for OBE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for OBE’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has OBE been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of OBE’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
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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