I am going to take a deep dive into Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited’s (LSE:BMV) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. A company's ownership structure is often linked to its share performance in both the long- and short-term. If an activist institution invests the same amount of capital in a stock as a passive long-term pension fund, the implications are potentially different for key corporate financing decisions such as the use of excess cash or the source of financing. While these are more of a long-term investor’s concern, short-term investors may find the impact of institutional trading overwhelming enough to lose out on what could be a potential opportunity. Therefore, I will take a look at BMV's shareholders in more detail.See our latest analysis for Bluebird Merchant Ventures
Institutional OwnershipInstitutional investors are one of the largest group of market participants and their buy-sell decisions on a company's stock can significantly impact prices, more so, when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. A low institutional ownership of 8.91% puts BMV on a list of companies that are not likely exposed to spikes in volatility resulting from institutional trading. Less covered stocks like BMV used to feature in legendary investor Peter Lynch's portfolio, which would later be bought up by fast-following institutions as the stock gained more popularity.
Insider OwnershipAnother important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. A major group of owners of BMV is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 28.58% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). It may be interesting to take a look at what company insiders have been doing with their holdings lately. Insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn't necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.
General Public OwnershipA big stake of 58.49% in BMV is held by the general public. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power in deciding on major policy decisions such as executive compensation, appointment of directors and acquisitions of businesses. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.
Private Company OwnershipPotential investors in BMV should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 4.01%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence BMV's business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.
Institutional ownership in BMV is not at a level that would concern investors. We are less likely to see sustained downtrends or significant volatility resulting from large institutional trading. However, ownership structure should not be the only determining factor when you’re building an investment thesis for BMV. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of Bluebird Merchant Ventures’s share price. I highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:
- 1. Financial Health: Is BMV’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
- 2. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.