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Do Institutions Own Vital Healthcare Property Trust (NZSE:VHP) Shares?

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The big shareholder groups in Vital Healthcare Property Trust (NZSE:VHP) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Vital Healthcare Property Trust is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of NZ$1.2b, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about VHP.

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NZSE:VHP Ownership Summary, September 5th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Vital Healthcare Property Trust?

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.

Vital Healthcare Property Trust already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 47% of the company. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Vital Healthcare Property Trust's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

NZSE:VHP Income Statement, September 5th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Vital Healthcare Property Trust. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Vital Healthcare Property Trust

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Vital Healthcare Property Trust. It has a market capitalization of just NZ$1.2b, and insiders have NZ$19m worth of shares, in their own names. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 51% of Vital Healthcare Property Trust shares. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

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I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

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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