What Kind Of Shareholders Own Red Eléctrica Corporación, S.A. (BME:REE)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 19, 2019
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Every investor in Red Eléctrica Corporación, S.A. (BME:REE) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Red Eléctrica Corporación is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of €9.6b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Red Eléctrica Corporación.

View 2 warning signs we detected for Red Eléctrica Corporación

BME:REE Ownership Summary, December 20th 2019
BME:REE Ownership Summary, December 20th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Red Eléctrica Corporación?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it's included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

Red Eléctrica Corporación already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 35% of the company. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Red Eléctrica Corporación, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

BME:REE Income Statement, December 20th 2019
BME:REE Income Statement, December 20th 2019

Red Eléctrica Corporación is not owned by hedge funds. Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales is currently the largest shareholder, with 20% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 3.0%, is BlackRock, Inc., followed by Capital Research and Management Company, with an ownership of 3.0%.

Our studies suggest that the top 18 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.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, It is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Red Eléctrica Corporación

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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Red Eléctrica Corporación, S.A.. However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Being so large, we would not expect insiders to own a large proportion of the stock. Collectively, they own €348k of stock. There's no doubt that we learn useful information from looking at a company's ownership structure and shareholders. But ultimately, many risks exist within the business itself, rather than its shareholders. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Red Eléctrica Corporación (of which 2 are major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

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 20%, of the company's shares. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

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

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.

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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