How Much Of Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) Do Institutions Own?

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 22, 2021
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A look at the shareholders of Micro Focus International plc (LON:MCRO) can tell us which group is most powerful. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Micro Focus International isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of UK£1.3b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Micro Focus International.

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LSE:MCRO Ownership Breakdown September 22nd 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Micro Focus International?

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.

We can see that Micro Focus International does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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 Micro Focus International, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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LSE:MCRO Earnings and Revenue Growth September 22nd 2021

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Micro Focus International is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that Dodge & Cox is the largest shareholder with 17% of shares outstanding. With 7.4% and 6.6% of the shares outstanding respectively, BlackRock, Inc. and M&G Investment Management Limited are the second and third largest shareholders.

A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 11 shareholders have a combined ownership of 50% implying that no single shareholder has a majority.

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 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 Micro Focus International

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. 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.

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.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Micro Focus International plc in their own names. Keep in mind that it's a big company, and the insiders own UK£3.3m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 21% stake in Micro Focus International. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Micro Focus International better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Micro Focus International that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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