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What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The GVC Holdings PLC's (LON:GVC) Shareholder Register?

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Every investor in GVC Holdings PLC (LON:GVC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of UK£4.5b, GVC Holdings is rather large. We'd expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about GVC Holdings.

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LSE:GVC Ownership Summary June 25th 2020
LSE:GVC Ownership Summary June 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About GVC Holdings?

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.

GVC Holdings already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 50% 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. 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 GVC Holdings's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

LSE:GVC Income Statement June 25th 2020
LSE:GVC Income Statement June 25th 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. GVC Holdings is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that Capital Research and Management Company is the largest shareholder with 10% of shares outstanding. With 9.5% and 5.1% of the shares outstanding respectively, Standard Life Aberdeen plc and BlackRock, Inc. are the second and third largest shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 25 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of GVC Holdings

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of GVC Holdings PLC. It's a big company, so even a small proportional interest can create alignment between the board and shareholders. In this case insiders own UK£18m worth of shares. 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, with a 49% 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we've identified 1 warning sign for GVC Holdings that you should be aware of.

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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