What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Freehold Royalties Ltd. (TSE:FRU) Stock?

The big shareholder groups in Freehold Royalties Ltd. (TSE:FRU) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Freehold Royalties has a market capitalization of CA$1.1b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about FRU.

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TSX:FRU Ownership Summary, April 17th 2019
TSX:FRU Ownership Summary, April 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Freehold Royalties?

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.

We can see that Freehold Royalties does have institutional investors; and they hold 49% of the stock. 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 Freehold Royalties’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

TSX:FRU Income Statement, April 17th 2019
TSX:FRU Income Statement, April 17th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Freehold Royalties. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Freehold Royalties

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.

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 Freehold Royalties Ltd. in their own names. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. It appears that the board holds about CA$2.4m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of CA$1.1b. 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

The general public, with a 45% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 5.0%, of the company’s shares. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

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

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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