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What Kind Of Shareholders Own Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL)?

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If you want to know who really controls Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. 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.

With a market capitalization of US$5.1b, Texas Pacific Land Trust is rather large. We'd expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. 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 TPL.

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NYSE:TPL Ownership Summary, September 2nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Texas Pacific Land 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.

We can see that Texas Pacific Land Trust does have institutional investors; and they hold 42% of the stock. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Texas Pacific Land Trust's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NYSE:TPL Income Statement, September 2nd 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Texas Pacific Land Trust. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Texas Pacific Land Trust

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

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Texas Pacific Land Trust. It's a big company, so even a small proportional interest can create alignment between the board and shareholders. In this case insiders own US$10m worth of shares. 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

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 58% of Texas Pacific Land Trust shares. 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.

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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.

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.

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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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