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How Much Of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BME:BBVA) Do Institutions Own?

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If you want to know who really controls Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BME:BBVA), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of €32b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. 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 BBVA.

See our latest analysis for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

BME:BBVA Ownership Summary, June 18th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

As you can see, institutional investors own 32% of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. 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. 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 Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

BME:BBVA Income Statement, June 18th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 information suggests that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. insiders own under 1% of the company. As it is a large company, we'd only expect insiders to own a small percentage of it. But it's worth noting that they own €30m worth of shares. In this sort of situation, it can be more interesting to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 68% of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria shares. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria better, we need to consider many other factors.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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