What Type Of Shareholder Owns Arena REIT’s (ASX:ARF)?

Every investor in Arena REIT (ASX:ARF) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Arena REIT is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of AU$996m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of 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 Arena REIT.

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ASX:ARF Ownership Summary, February 18th 2020
ASX:ARF Ownership Summary, February 18th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Arena REIT?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 38% of Arena REIT. 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. 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 Arena REIT’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

ASX:ARF Income Statement, February 18th 2020
ASX:ARF Income Statement, February 18th 2020

Arena REIT is not owned by hedge funds. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 8.8% of shares outstanding. Australian Unity Funds Management Limited is the second largest shareholder with 7.9% of common stock, followed by First Sentier Investors (Australia) IM Ltd, holding 4.2% of the stock.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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 Arena REIT

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Arena REIT. In their own names, insiders own AU$12m worth of stock in the AU$996m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 61% of Arena REIT shares. 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 Arena REIT better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that Arena REIT is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant…

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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