What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of AutoCanada Inc. (TSE:ACQ)?

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A look at the shareholders of AutoCanada Inc. (TSE:ACQ) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

AutoCanada is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$308m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about ACQ.

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TSX:ACQ Ownership Summary, June 6th 2019
TSX:ACQ Ownership Summary, June 6th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About AutoCanada?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

AutoCanada already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 37% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 AutoCanada, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:ACQ Income Statement, June 6th 2019
TSX:ACQ Income Statement, June 6th 2019

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 13% of AutoCanada. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of AutoCanada

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

Our information suggests that AutoCanada Inc. insiders own under 1% of the company. It appears that the board holds about CA$895k worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of CA$308m. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 50% of AutoCanada shares. 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 AutoCanada 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.

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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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