Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Crescent Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:CRSA) Share Register?

Every investor in Crescent Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:CRSA) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of US$306m, Crescent Acquisition 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 CRSA.

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NasdaqCM:CRSA Ownership Summary, August 1st 2019
NasdaqCM:CRSA Ownership Summary, August 1st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Crescent Acquisition?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 20% of Crescent Acquisition. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Crescent Acquisition’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqCM:CRSA Income Statement, August 1st 2019
NasdaqCM:CRSA Income Statement, August 1st 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Crescent Acquisition. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Crescent Acquisition

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 Crescent Acquisition Corp. insiders own under 1% of the company. It appears that the board holds about US$735k worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of US$306m. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 80% of Crescent Acquisition . 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.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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