Are Institutions Heavily Invested In Resolute Forest Products Inc.'s (NYSE:RFP) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 06, 2021
NYSE:RFP

Every investor in Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE:RFP) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Resolute Forest Products isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$1.2b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Resolute Forest Products.

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NYSE:RFP Ownership Breakdown May 6th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Resolute Forest Products?

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.

Resolute Forest Products already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. 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 Resolute Forest Products' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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NYSE:RFP Earnings and Revenue Growth May 6th 2021

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Resolute Forest Products is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd. with 38% of shares outstanding. Chou Associates Management Inc. is the second largest shareholder owning 5.7% of common stock, and Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P. holds about 5.6% of the company stock.

On looking further, we found that 53% of the shares are owned by the top 4 shareholders. In other words, these shareholders have a meaningful say in the decisions of the company.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Resolute Forest Products

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. 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.

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 Resolute Forest Products Inc. insiders own under 1% of the company. Keep in mind that it's a big company, and the insiders own US$11m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. Arguably, recent buying and selling is just as important to consider. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 14% stake in Resolute Forest Products. 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 Resolute Forest Products better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks for example - Resolute Forest Products has 5 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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