What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Peyto Exploration & Development Corp’s (TSE:PEY) Shareholder Register?

If you want to know who really controls Peyto Exploration & Development Corp (TSE:PEY), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Peyto Exploration & Development isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of CA$1.9b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about PEY.

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TSX:PEY Ownership Summary November 22nd 18
TSX:PEY Ownership Summary November 22nd 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Peyto Exploration & Development?

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 61% of Peyto Exploration & Development. 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 Peyto Exploration & Development, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:PEY Income Statement Export November 22nd 18
TSX:PEY Income Statement Export November 22nd 18

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Peyto Exploration & Development. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Peyto Exploration & Development

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. The insiders have a meaningful stake worth CA$56m. Most would see this as a real positive. It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 36% 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.

Next Steps:

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

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.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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