How Many PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE) Shares Do Institutions Own?

Every investor in PDC Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCE) 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. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

PDC Energy has a market capitalization of US$2.4b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about PDC Energy.

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NasdaqGS:PDCE Ownership Summary, January 21st 2020
NasdaqGS:PDCE Ownership Summary, January 21st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About PDC Energy?

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.

PDC Energy already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 69% 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. 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 PDC Energy’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:PDCE Income Statement, January 21st 2020
NasdaqGS:PDCE Income Statement, January 21st 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. PDC Energy is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that BlackRock, Inc. is the largest shareholder with 9.1% of shares outstanding. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the second largest shareholder with 6.5% of common stock, followed by Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P., holding 5.1% of the stock.

Our studies suggest that the top 16 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company’s shares, meaning that the company’s shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of PDC Energy

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of PDC Energy, Inc.. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own US$17m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 30% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over PDCE. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we’ve spotted with PDC Energy .

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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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