What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Westshore Terminals Investment Corporation’s (TSE:WTE) Shareholder Register?

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A look at the shareholders of Westshore Terminals Investment Corporation (TSE:WTE) can tell us which group is most powerful. 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.’

Westshore Terminals Investment isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of CA$1.5b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. 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 WTE.

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TSX:WTE Ownership Summary, June 1st 2019
TSX:WTE Ownership Summary, June 1st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Westshore Terminals Investment?

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.

We can see that Westshore Terminals Investment does have institutional investors; and they hold 29% of the stock. 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 Westshore Terminals Investment, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:WTE Income Statement, June 1st 2019
TSX:WTE Income Statement, June 1st 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Westshore Terminals Investment. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Westshore Terminals Investment

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Westshore Terminals Investment Corporation. Insiders own CA$506m worth of shares in the CA$1.5b company. That’s quite meaningful. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 37% stake in WTE. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Westshore Terminals Investment 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.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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