How Much Of True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:TNT.UN) Do Insiders Own?

The big shareholder groups in True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:TNT.UN) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$335m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions don’t own many shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about TNT.UN.

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TSX:TNT.UN Ownership Summary January 1st 19
TSX:TNT.UN Ownership Summary January 1st 19

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust?

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.

Institutions own less than 5% of True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust. That indicates that the company is on the radar of some funds, but it isn’t particularly popular with professional investors at the moment. If the company is growing earnings, that may indicate that it is just beginning to catch the attention of these deep-pocketed investors. We sometimes see a rising share price when a few big institutions want to buy a certain stock at the same time. The history of earnings and revenue, which you can see below, could be helpful in considering if more institutional investors will want the stock. Of course, there are plenty of other factors to consider, too.

TSX:TNT.UN Income Statement Export January 1st 19
TSX:TNT.UN Income Statement Export January 1st 19

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust. In their own names, insiders own CA$26m worth of stock in the CA$335m 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 — mostly retail investors — own 81% of True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust . With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand True North Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust 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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