What Kind Of Shareholders Hold The Majority In De La Rue plc's (LON:DLAR) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 06, 2020
LSE:DLAR

A look at the shareholders of De La Rue plc (LON:DLAR) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

De La Rue is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of UK£288m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about De La Rue.

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LSE:DLAR Ownership Breakdown November 6th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About De La Rue?

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 have a fair amount of stake in De La Rue. 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 De La Rue's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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LSE:DLAR Earnings and Revenue Growth November 6th 2020

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. It would appear that 7.2% of De La Rue shares are controlled by hedge funds. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Aberforth Partners LLP is currently the largest shareholder, with 12% of shares outstanding. With 11% and 11% of the shares outstanding respectively, Schroder Investment Management Limited and Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. are the second and third largest shareholders.

We also observed that the top 6 shareholders account for more than half of the share register, with a few smaller shareholders to balance the interests of the larger ones to a certain extent.

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 is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of De La Rue

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of De La Rue plc in their own names. It seems the board members have no more than UK£1.9m worth of shares in the UK£288m company. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 12% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over De La Rue. 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.

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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 3 warning signs with De La Rue , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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