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Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The NewRiver REIT plc (LON:NRR) Share Register?

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The big shareholder groups in NewRiver REIT plc (LON:NRR) have power over the company. 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.

NewRiver REIT is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of UK£568m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. 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 NRR.

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LSE:NRR Ownership Summary, June 21st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About NewRiver REIT?

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.

We can see that NewRiver REIT does have institutional investors; and they hold 82% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 NewRiver REIT, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

LSE:NRR Income Statement, June 21st 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. NewRiver REIT is not owned by hedge funds. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of NewRiver REIT

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

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 NewRiver REIT plc. As individuals, the insiders collectively own UK£6.2m worth of the UK£568m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 17% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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

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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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