What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (LON:SEPL) Stock?

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 08, 2020
LSE:SEPL

A look at the shareholders of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (LON:SEPL) 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.

Seplat Petroleum Development is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of UK£374m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. 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 Seplat Petroleum Development.

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LSE:SEPL Ownership Summary June 8th 2020
LSE:SEPL Ownership Summary June 8th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Seplat Petroleum Development?

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.

Seplat Petroleum Development already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 15% 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. 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 Seplat Petroleum Development, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

LSE:SEPL Income Statement June 8th 2020
LSE:SEPL Income Statement June 8th 2020

Seplat Petroleum Development is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that Metro Pacific Investments Corporation is the largest shareholder with 21% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Petrolin Group and Platform Petroleum Limited, holding 14% and 7.7%, respectively.

A deeper analysis brings to light the fact that 57% of the company is controlled by the top 5 shareholders suggesting that these owners wield significant influence on the business.

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 plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Seplat Petroleum Development

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc. In their own names, insiders own UK£10m worth of stock in the UK£374m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 28% stake in SEPL. 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 34%, of the company's shares. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it's hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 21% of SEPL stock. We can't be certain, but this is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should be aware of the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Seplat Petroleum Development .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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