Do Institutions Own Shares In Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. (LON:FSTA)?

A look at the shareholders of Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C. (LON:FSTA) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Fuller Smith & Turner is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of UK£465m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Fuller Smith & Turner.

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LSE:FSTA Ownership Summary, March 4th 2020
LSE:FSTA Ownership Summary, March 4th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Fuller Smith & Turner?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 42% of Fuller Smith & Turner. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Fuller Smith & Turner’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

LSE:FSTA Income Statement, March 4th 2020
LSE:FSTA Income Statement, March 4th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Fuller Smith & Turner. BlackRock, Inc. is currently the largest shareholder, with 8.2% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 3.8%, is Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC, followed by James Sharp & Co., Asset Management Arm, with an ownership of 2.5%.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 25 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Fuller Smith & Turner

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C.. It has a market capitalization of just UK£465m, and insiders have UK£21m worth of shares, in their own names. 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 — mostly retail investors — own 51% of Fuller Smith & Turner. 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:

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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Fuller Smith & Turner you should know about.

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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