I am going to take a deep dive into Gusbourne PLC’s (AIM:GUS) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. Ownership structure has been found to have an impact on shareholder returns in both short- and long-term. Different types of investors can have varying degrees of influence on a company’s management team. For example, an active institutional investor may be more likely to hold a company accountable for certain actions whereas a passive fund will move in and out of stocks without regards to corporate governance. The implications of these institutions’ actions can either benefit or hinder individual investors, so it is important to understand the ownership composition of your stock investment. Now I will analyze GUS’s shareholder registry in more detail.See our latest analysis for GUS
Institutional OwnershipDue to the big order sizes of institutional investors, a company’s shares can experience large, one-sided momentum, driven by high volume of shares removed from, or injected into, the market. The company hardly has institutions in its ownership structure, indicating limited concern for investors to worry about potential sell-offs that could arise due to extensive liquidation.
Insider OwnershipI find insiders are another important group of stakeholders, who are directly involved in making key decisions related to the use of capital. In essence, insider ownership is more about the alignment of shareholders’ interests with the management. One of the major owners in GUS are individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 48.55% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). Another aspect of insider ownership is to learn about their recent transactions. Insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.
General Public OwnershipThe general public holds a substantial 51.45% stake in GUS, making it a highly popular stock among retail investors. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in major company policies that affect shareholders returns, including executive remuneration and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.
With a low level of institutional ownership, investors in GUS need not worry about non-fundamental factors such as ownership structure causing large impact on stock prices. Institutional ownership level and composition in GUS is not high nor active enough to significantly impact its investment thesis. However, other important factors we must never forget to assess are the fundamentals. I recommend you take a look at our latest free analysis report on Gusbourne to see GUS’s fundamentals and whether it could be considered an undervalued opportunity.
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