Do Institutions Own Shares In Treasury Wine Estates Limited (ASX:TWE)?

The big shareholder groups in Treasury Wine Estates Limited (ASX:TWE) have power over the company. 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.

Treasury Wine Estates is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of AU$11b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows 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 TWE.

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ASX:TWE Ownership Summary, March 20th 2019
ASX:TWE Ownership Summary, March 20th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Treasury Wine Estates?

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.

Treasury Wine Estates already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 46% 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 Treasury Wine Estates’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ASX:TWE Income Statement, March 20th 2019
ASX:TWE Income Statement, March 20th 2019

Treasury Wine Estates is not owned by hedge funds. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Treasury Wine Estates

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. 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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Treasury Wine Estates Limited in their own names. Being so large, we would not expect insiders to own a large proportion of the stock. Collectively, they own AU$28m of stock. Arguably recent buying and selling is just as important to consider. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 53% of Treasury Wine Estates . 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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