Should You Be Concerned About BowLeven plc’s (AIM:BLVN) Investors?

Today, I will be analyzing BowLeven plc’s (AIM:BLVN) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. When it comes to ownership structure of a company, the impact has been observed in both the long-and short-term performance of shares. The effect of an active institutional investor with a similar ownership as a passive pension-fund can be vastly different on a company’s corporate governance and accountability to shareholders. While this may be more interesting for long-term investors, short-term investors can also benefit by paying attention to when these institutions trade in order to take advantage of the heightened volatility. Now I will analyze BLVN’s shareholder registry in more detail.

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AIM:BLVN Ownership Summary Oct 28th 17
AIM:BLVN Ownership Summary Oct 28th 17

Institutional Ownership

Institutions account for 63.21% of BLVN’s outstanding shares, a significant enough holding to move stock prices if they start buying and selling in large quantities, especially when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. These moves, at least in the short-term, are generally observed in an institutional ownership mix comprising of active stock pickers, in particular levered hedge funds, which can cause large price swings. For BLVN shareholders, the potential of this type of share price volatility shouldn’t be as concerning as hedge fund ownership is is not significant,indicating few chances of such sudden price moves. While that hardly seems concerning, I will explore further into BLVN’s ownership type to find out how it can affect the company’s investment profile.

Insider Ownership

I 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. BLVN insiders hold a not-so-significant 1.24% stake in the company, which somewhat aligns their interests with that of shareholders. However, a higher level of insider ownership has been linked to management executing on high-returning projects instead of expansion projects for the sake of apparent growth. It would also be interesting to check what insiders have been doing with their shareholding recently. Insider buying can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can be simply driven by personal financial requirements.
AIM:BLVN Insider Trading Oct 28th 17
AIM:BLVN Insider Trading Oct 28th 17

General Public Ownership

With 7.76% ownership, the general public are also an important ownership class in BLVN. 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 if it aligns with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

Another group of owners that a potential investor in BLVN should consider are private companies, with a stake of 26.52%. While they invest more often due to strategic interests, an investment can also be driven by capital gains through share price appreciation. An ownership of this size indicates a strong financial backing and has the potential to influence BLVN’s business strategy. Thus, investors should dig deeper into BLVN’s business relations with these companies and how it can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? The company’s high institutional ownership makes margin of safety a very important consideration to existing investors since long bull and bear trends often emerge when these big-ticket investors see a change in long-term potential of the company. This will enable shareholders to comfortably invest in the company while avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. If you’re looking to diversify your holdings with high-quality stocks, our free analysis platform has a selection of high-quality stocks with a strong growth potential.

Are you a potential investor? Ownership structure should not be the only determining factor when you’re building an investment thesis for BLVN. Instead, you should be evaluating fundamental factors like the relative valuation of BLVN, which is an important driver that determines BLVN’s share price. Take a look at our most recent infographic report on BLVN for a more in-depth analysis of these factors to help you make a more well-informed investment decision.

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.