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What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (ASX:CQR)?

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The big shareholder groups in Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (ASX:CQR) 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.

Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust has a market capitalization of AU$1.9b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about CQR.

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ASX:CQR Ownership Summary, September 9th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 59% of Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust. 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 Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ASX:CQR Income Statement, September 9th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Charter Hall Retail Real Estate Investment Trust in their own names. Keep in mind that it's a big company, and the insiders own AU$2.9m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. Arguably, recent buying and selling is just as important to consider. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 40% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over CQR. 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.

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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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