What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY) Stock?

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A look at the shareholders of Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Peyto Exploration & Development is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$661m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about PEY.

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TSX:PEY Ownership Summary, July 15th 2019
TSX:PEY Ownership Summary, July 15th 2019

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

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

As you can see, institutional investors own 65% of Peyto Exploration & Development. 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 Peyto Exploration & Development’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

TSX:PEY Income Statement, July 15th 2019
TSX:PEY Income Statement, July 15th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Peyto Exploration & Development. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

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. 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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Peyto Exploration & Development Corp.. It has a market capitalization of just CA$661m, and insiders have CA$18m worth of shares, in their own names. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 32% stake in PEY. 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 Peyto Exploration & Development better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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