What Kind Of Shareholders Hold The Majority In Next Fifteen Communications Group plc's (LON:NFC) Shares?

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Published
August 31, 2021
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Every investor in Next Fifteen Communications Group plc (LON:NFC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Warren Buffett said that he likes "a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people." So it's nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of UK£950m, Next Fifteen Communications Group is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Next Fifteen Communications Group.

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AIM:NFC Ownership Breakdown August 31st 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Next Fifteen Communications Group?

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 Next Fifteen Communications Group. 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 Next Fifteen Communications Group's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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AIM:NFC Earnings and Revenue Growth August 31st 2021

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Next Fifteen Communications Group is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Octopus Investments Limited with 15% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 14% and 10.0% of the stock. Additionally, the company's CEO Timothy John Dyson directly holds 5.5% of the total shares outstanding.

Our research also brought to light the fact that roughly 51% of the company is controlled by the top 5 shareholders suggesting that these owners wield significant influence on the business.

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. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Next Fifteen Communications Group

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

We can see that insiders own shares in Next Fifteen Communications Group plc. The insiders have a meaningful stake worth UK£57m. Most would see this as a real positive. If you would like to explore the question of insider alignment, you can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 11% 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 Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 15%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Next Fifteen Communications Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Next Fifteen Communications Group 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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