What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Reitmans (Canada) Limited (TSE:RET.A) Stock?

The big shareholder groups in Reitmans (Canada) Limited (TSE:RET.A) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in 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.’

With a market capitalization of CA$220m, Reitmans (Canada) is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about RET.A.

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TSX:RET.A Ownership Summary, March 8th 2019
TSX:RET.A Ownership Summary, March 8th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Reitmans (Canada)?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 30% of Reitmans (Canada). 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Reitmans (Canada)’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:RET.A Income Statement, March 8th 2019
TSX:RET.A Income Statement, March 8th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Reitmans (Canada). As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Reitmans (Canada)

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 Reitmans (Canada) Limited. As individuals, the insiders collectively own CA$12m worth of the CA$220m company. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. 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 65% of Reitmans (Canada) 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

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