A look at the shareholders of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:WIR.UN) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.
With a market capitalization of CA$1.1b, WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust.
What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust?
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.
WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.
WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Alberta Investment Management Corporation with 18% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 2.9% and 2.7%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.
A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 25 shareholders collectively hold less than half of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no single shareholder has a majority.
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. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.
Insider Ownership Of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment 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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.
Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.
Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust in their own names. It appears that the board holds about CA$1.2m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of CA$1.1b. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.
General Public Ownership
The general public -- mostly retail investors -- own 53% of WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.
It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust you should be aware of, and 1 of them makes us a bit uncomfortable.
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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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