How Many Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited (ASX:GMA) Shares Do Institutions Own?

If you want to know who really controls Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited (ASX:GMA), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia has a market capitalization of AU$1.3b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about GMA.

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ASX:GMA Ownership Summary, August 27th 2019
ASX:GMA Ownership Summary, August 27th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 23% of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

ASX:GMA Income Statement, August 27th 2019
ASX:GMA Income Statement, August 27th 2019

Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia is not owned by hedge funds. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia

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.

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.

Our information suggests that Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited insiders own under 1% of the company. It seems the board members have no more than AU$5.2m worth of shares in the AU$1.3b company. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 21% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over GMA. 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.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 55% of GMA stock. It’s hard to say for sure, but this suggests they have entwined business interests. This might be a strategic stake, so it’s worth watching this space for changes in ownership.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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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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