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individual investors who own 54% along with institutions invested in Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSE:CPG) saw increase in their holdings value last week

Key Insights

  • Significant control over Crescent Point Energy by individual investors implies that the general public has more power to influence management and governance-related decisions

  • The top 25 shareholders own 35% of the company

  • Recent purchases by insiders

To get a sense of who is truly in control of Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSE:CPG), it is important to understand the ownership structure of the business. We can see that individual investors own the lion's share in the company with 54% ownership. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

While individual investors were the group that reaped the most benefits after last week’s 5.3% price gain, institutions also received a 38% cut.

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Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Crescent Point Energy.

View our latest analysis for Crescent Point Energy

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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Crescent Point Energy?

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 Crescent Point Energy does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's 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. 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 Crescent Point Energy, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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Hedge funds don't have many shares in Crescent Point Energy. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Riverstone Holdings LLC with 6.7% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 4.1% and 3.3%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than half of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. 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 Crescent Point Energy

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Crescent Point Energy Corp. in their own names. It is a pretty big company, so it would be possible for board members to own a meaningful interest in the company, without owning much of a proportional interest. In this case, they own around CA$28m worth of shares (at current prices). 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, mostly comprising of individual investors, collectively holds 54% of Crescent Point Energy shares. This level of ownership gives investors from the wider public some power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 6.7%, private equity firms could influence the Crescent Point Energy board. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Crescent Point Energy better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Crescent Point Energy 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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