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The Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRD.K) Ownership Structure Could Be Important

Jodi Pearce

A look at the shareholders of Liberty Broadband Corporation (NASDAQ:LBRD.K) can tell us which group is most powerful. 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$14.64b, Liberty Broadband 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. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about LBRD.K.

Check out our latest analysis for Liberty Broadband

NasdaqGS:LBRD.K Ownership Summary September 1st 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Liberty Broadband?

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.

Liberty Broadband already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 72.2% of the company. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Liberty Broadband’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:LBRD.K Income Statement Export September 1st 18

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

Insider Ownership Of Liberty Broadband

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. 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. Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Liberty Broadband Corporation. It is a very large company, and board members collectively own US$686.3m worth of shares (at current prices). Most would say this shows a good alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. Still, it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 23.1% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Liberty Broadband better, we need to consider many other factors.

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.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow of shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.