What Kind Of Shareholders Own Reitmans (Canada) Limited (TSE:RET.A)?

The big shareholder groups in Reitmans (Canada) Limited (TSE:RET.A) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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$171m, 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 institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about RET.A.

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TSX:RET.A Ownership Summary, August 7th 2019
TSX:RET.A Ownership Summary, August 7th 2019

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

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.

Reitmans (Canada) already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 38% of the company. 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. 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 Reitmans (Canada), (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:RET.A Income Statement, August 7th 2019
TSX:RET.A Income Statement, August 7th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Reitmans (Canada). Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

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. 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.

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 Reitmans (Canada) Limited. In their own names, insiders own CA$9.5m worth of stock in the CA$171m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 56% of Reitmans (Canada) . 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 Reitmans (Canada) 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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