Do Institutions Own Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL) Shares?

Every investor in Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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.

Newell Brands is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of US$5.8b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Newell Brands.

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NasdaqGS:NWL Ownership Summary April 20th 2020
NasdaqGS:NWL Ownership Summary April 20th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Newell Brands?

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.

Newell Brands already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 85% of the company. 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 Newell Brands, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:NWL Income Statement April 20th 2020
NasdaqGS:NWL Income Statement April 20th 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Newell Brands. Our data shows that BlackRock, Inc. is the largest shareholder with 11% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 10%, is The Vanguard Group, Inc., followed by Icahn Capital LP, with an ownership of 9.8%.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that 10 of the top shareholders account for 51% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Newell Brands

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. 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.

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.

Our information suggests that Newell Brands Inc. insiders own under 1% of the company. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own US$42m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. It is always good to see at least some insider ownership, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 14% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over NWL. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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. Be aware that Newell Brands is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable…

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or 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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