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What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) Stock?

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A look at the shareholders of ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR) 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 have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

ARMOUR Residential REIT isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$985m, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. 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 ARR.

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NYSE:ARR Ownership Summary, October 15th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ARMOUR Residential REIT?

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.

ARMOUR Residential REIT already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 63% of the company. 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 ARMOUR Residential REIT's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NYSE:ARR Income Statement, October 15th 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Hedge funds don't have many shares in ARMOUR Residential REIT. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of ARMOUR Residential REIT

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$985m, and insiders have US$14m worth of shares, in their own names. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 36% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ARR. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

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.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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