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Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:REFI) top owners are individual investors with 49% stake, while 34% is held by institutions

Key Insights

  • Significant control over Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance by individual investors implies that the general public has more power to influence management and governance-related decisions

  • A total of 25 investors have a majority stake in the company with 45% ownership

  • Insiders own 14% of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance

If you want to know who really controls Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ:REFI), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. The group holding the most number of shares in the company, around 49% to be precise, is individual investors. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

Institutions, on the other hand, account for 34% of the company's stockholders. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies.

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance.

See our latest analysis for Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance

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ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance?

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 Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance 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. 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 Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance's historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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earnings-and-revenue-growth

Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is BlackRock, Inc. with 7.0% of shares outstanding. With 6.9% and 5.4% of the shares outstanding respectively, Ray Thurston and Chicago Atlantic Advisers, Llc are the second and third largest shareholders. Furthermore, CEO Anthony Cappell is the owner of 1.7% of the company's shares.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance

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

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc.. Insiders own US$41m worth of shares in the US$285m company. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 49% stake in Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks for example - Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance has 2 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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