What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Life Care Capital S.p.A. (BIT:LCC)?

Every investor in Life Care Capital S.p.A. (BIT:LCC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of €137m, Life Care Capital is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. 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 LCC.

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BIT:LCC Ownership Summary, August 2nd 2019
BIT:LCC Ownership Summary, August 2nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Life Care Capital?

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.

Life Care Capital already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 31% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Life Care Capital, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

BIT:LCC Income Statement, August 2nd 2019
BIT:LCC Income Statement, August 2nd 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Life Care Capital. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Life Care Capital

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Life Care Capital S.p.A.. It has a market capitalization of just €137m, and insiders have €1.6m worth of shares, in their own names. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 67% stake in LCC, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Life Care Capital better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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