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What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd.'s (TSE:DRT) Shareholder Register?

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The big shareholder groups in DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. (TSE:DRT) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

DIRTT Environmental Solutions is a smaller company with a market capitalization of CA$661m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about DRT.

View our latest analysis for DIRTT Environmental Solutions

TSX:DRT Ownership Summary, June 11th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About DIRTT Environmental Solutions?

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.

We can see that DIRTT Environmental Solutions does have institutional investors; and they hold 35% 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. 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 DIRTT Environmental Solutions's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

TSX:DRT Income Statement, June 11th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in DIRTT Environmental Solutions. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of DIRTT Environmental Solutions

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd.. It seems the board members have no more than CA$3.0m worth of shares in the CA$661m company. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public -- mostly retail investors -- own 64% of DIRTT Environmental Solutions . This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

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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.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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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