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What Does The Liberty Braves Group’s (NASDAQ:BATR.K) Ownership Structure Look Like?

Thomas Auclair

I am going to take a deep dive into The Liberty Braves Group’s (NASDAQ:BATR.K) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. The impact of a company’s ownership structure affects both its short- and long-term performance. Since the effect of an active institutional investor with a similar ownership as a passive pension-fund can be vastly different on a company’s corporate governance and accountability of shareholders, investors should take a closer look at BATR.K’s shareholder registry.

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NasdaqGS:BATR.K Ownership_summary Feb 23rd 18

Institutional Ownership

With an institutional ownership of 67.31%, BATR.K can face volatile stock price movements if institutions execute block trades on the open market, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade However, as not all institutions are alike, such high volatility events, especially in the short-term, have been more frequently linked to active market participants like hedge funds. Hedge funds, considered active investors, hold a 8.31% stake in the company, which may be the cause of high short-term volatility in the stock price. But I also examine other ownership types and their potential impact on BATR.K’s investment case.

Insider Ownership

Another important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. A major group of owners of BATR.K is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 10.73% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). It may be interesting to take a look at what company insiders have been doing with their holdings lately. Insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.

NasdaqGS:BATR.K Insider_trading Feb 23rd 18

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 13.66% in BATR.K is held by the general public. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.

Next Steps:

With significant institutional ownership, including active hedge, existing investors should seek a margin of safety when investing in BATR.K. This will allow an investor to reduce the impact of non-fundamental factors, such as volatile block trading impact on their portfolio value. However, ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around BATR.K. Rather, you should be looking at fundamental drivers such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of Liberty Braves Group’s share price. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  • 1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BATR.K’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BATR.K’s outlook.
  • 2. Financial Health: Is BATR.K’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  • 3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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.
To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.