How Much Of Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) Do Institutions Own?

The big shareholder groups in Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of US$7.3b, Starwood Property Trust is rather large. We’d expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. 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 Starwood Property Trust.

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NYSE:STWD Ownership Summary, February 13th 2020
NYSE:STWD Ownership Summary, February 13th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Starwood Property Trust?

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.

We can see that Starwood Property Trust does have institutional investors; and they hold 64% 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. 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 Starwood Property Trust’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NYSE:STWD Income Statement, February 13th 2020
NYSE:STWD Income Statement, February 13th 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Starwood Property Trust is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is The Vanguard Group, Inc. with 9.3% of shares outstanding. Next, we have BlackRock, Inc. and Barry Sternlicht as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 6.1% and 2.5%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Barry Sternlicht also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company’s shares, meaning that the company’s shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Starwood Property Trust

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 Starwood Property Trust, Inc.. It is a pretty big company, so it is generally a positive to see some potentially meaningful alignment. In this case, they own around US$211m worth of shares (at current prices). It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 33% stake in STWD. 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Starwood Property Trust better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Starwood Property Trust you should be aware of.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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