What Type Of Shareholder Owns Pacific Ethanol, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:PEIX)?

A look at the shareholders of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Pacific Ethanol is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$54m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about PEIX.

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NasdaqCM:PEIX Ownership Summary, April 25th 2019
NasdaqCM:PEIX Ownership Summary, April 25th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Pacific Ethanol?

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.

We can see that Pacific Ethanol does have institutional investors; and they hold 46% of the stock. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 Pacific Ethanol’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:PEIX Income Statement, April 25th 2019
NasdaqCM:PEIX Income Statement, April 25th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Pacific Ethanol. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Pacific Ethanol

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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Pacific Ethanol, Inc.. In their own names, insiders own US$4.2m worth of stock in the US$54m 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 holds a 46% stake in PEIX. 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 Pacific Ethanol better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free .

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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