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What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE)?

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The big shareholder groups in Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) 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. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said 'Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.'

Greenlight Capital Re is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$394m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about GLRE.

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NasdaqGS:GLRE Ownership Summary, May 23rd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Greenlight Capital Re?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 50% of Greenlight Capital Re. 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 Greenlight Capital Re's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:GLRE Income Statement, May 23rd 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Greenlight Capital Re is not owned by hedge funds. We're not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Greenlight Capital Re

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

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.. Insiders own US$88m worth of shares in the US$394m company. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 27% stake in GLRE. 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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It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Greenlight Capital Re better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find 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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