Should You Be Concerned About Yellow Brick Road Holdings Limited’s (ASX:YBR) Investors?

Today, I will be analyzing Yellow Brick Road Holdings Limited’s (ASX:YBR) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. The impact of a company’s ownership structure affects both its short- and long-term performance. If an activist institution invests the same amount of capital in a stock as a passive long-term pension fund, the implications are potentially different for key corporate financing decisions such as the use of excess cash or the source of financing. While these are more of a long-term investor’s concern, short-term investors may find the impact of institutional trading overwhelming enough to lose out on what could be a potential opportunity. Therefore, it is beneficial for us to examine YBR’s ownership structure in more detail. See our latest analysis for YBR
ASX:YBR Ownership Summary Oct 30th 17
ASX:YBR Ownership Summary Oct 30th 17

Institutional Ownership

With an institutional ownership of 28.54%, YBR can face volatile stock price movements if institutions execute block trades on the open market, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade Although YBR has a high institutional ownership, such stock moves, in the short-term, are more commonly linked to a particular type of active institutional investors – hedge funds. For shareholders in YBR, sharp price movements may not be a major concern as active hedge funds make up a s relatively small stake in the company. Although this doesn’t necessarily lead to high short-term volatility, we should dig deeper into YBR’s ownership structure to find how the remaining owner types can affect its investment profile.

Insider Ownership

Insiders form another group of important ownership types as they manage the company’s operations and decide the best use of capital. Insider ownership has been linked to better alignment between management and shareholders. A major group of investors is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 25.84% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). Another aspect of insider ownership is to learn about their recent transactions. Insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.
ASX:YBR Insider Trading Oct 30th 17
ASX:YBR Insider Trading Oct 30th 17

General Public Ownership

A substantial ownership of 24.18% in YBR is held by the general public. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.

Private Company Ownership

Another important group of owners for potential investors in YBR are private companies that hold a stake of 3.86% in YBR. These are companies that are mainly invested due to their strategic interests or are incentivized by reaping capital gains on investments their shareholdings. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence YBR’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

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. Looking for ways to reinforce your current portfolio holdings? Take a look at our free platform for a list of stocks with a strong growth potential. Are you a potential investor? If you are building an investment case for YBR, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Instead, you should be evaluating fundamental factors like the relative valuation of YBR, which is an important driver that determines YBR’s share price. Take a look at our most recent infographic report on YBR 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.