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What Kind Of Shareholders Own Corby Spirit and Wine Limited (TSE:CSW.A)?

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If you want to know who really controls Corby Spirit and Wine Limited (TSE:CSW.A), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. 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.

Corby Spirit and Wine is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CA$463m, 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. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about CSW.A.

See our latest analysis for Corby Spirit and Wine

TSX:CSW.A Ownership Summary, October 27th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Corby Spirit and Wine?

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.

Corby Spirit and Wine already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 6.7% of the company. 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 Corby Spirit and Wine's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:CSW.A Income Statement, October 27th 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Corby Spirit and Wine. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Corby Spirit and Wine

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

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 information suggests that Corby Spirit and Wine Limited insiders own under 1% of the company. It appears that the board holds about CA$2.4m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of CA$463m. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 49% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Public Company Ownership

We can see that public companies hold 44%, of the CSW.A shares on issue. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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