What Kind Of Shareholders Own Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:ARI)?

If you want to know who really controls Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:ARI), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance has a market capitalization of US$2.8b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance.

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NYSE:ARI Ownership Summary, January 16th 2020
NYSE:ARI Ownership Summary, January 16th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 69% 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. 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 Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NYSE:ARI Income Statement, January 16th 2020
NYSE:ARI Income Statement, January 16th 2020

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance. Our data shows that BlackRock, Inc. is the largest shareholder with 16% of shares outstanding. With 11% and 3.6% of the shares outstanding respectively, The Vanguard Group, Inc. and Michigan Department of Treasury, Bureau of Investments are the second and third largest shareholders.

Our studies suggest that the top 14 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.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own US$11m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 31% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ARI. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (including 1 which is is a bit unpleasant) .

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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