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Who Really Owns New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership (NYSEMKT:NEN)?

Lester Strauss

If you want to know who really controls New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership (NYSEMKT:NEN), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$242.0m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about NEN.

View our latest analysis for New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership

AMEX:NEN Ownership Summary September 18th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership?

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.

Less than 5% of New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership is held by institutional investors. This suggests that some funds have the company in their sights, but many have not yet bought shares in it. If the business gets stronger from here, we could see a situation where more institutions are keen to buy. When multiple institutional investors want to buy shares, we often see a rising share price. The past revenue trajectory (shown below) can be an indication of future growth, but there are no guarantees.

AMEX:NEN Income Statement Export September 18th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership

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.

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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership stock. This gives them a lot of power. So they have a US$127.1m stake in this US$242.0m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 45.2% 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:

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.

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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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