How Many discoverIE Group plc (LON:DSCV) Shares Do Institutions Own?

The big shareholder groups in discoverIE Group plc (LON:DSCV) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of UK£451m, discoverIE Group is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about DSCV.

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LSE:DSCV Ownership Summary, November 11th 2019
LSE:DSCV Ownership Summary, November 11th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About discoverIE Group?

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.

discoverIE Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 80% of the company. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at discoverIE Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

LSE:DSCV Income Statement, November 11th 2019
LSE:DSCV Income Statement, November 11th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. discoverIE Group 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 discoverIE Group

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. 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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in discoverIE Group plc. In their own names, insiders own UK£6.5m worth of stock in the UK£451m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 18% stake in DSCV. 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.

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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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