How Many National Express Group PLC (LON:NEX) Shares Do Institutions Own?

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 19, 2021
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The big shareholder groups in National Express Group PLC (LON:NEX) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

National Express Group has a market capitalization of UK£1.6b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. 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 National Express Group.

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LSE:NEX Ownership Breakdown June 20th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About National Express Group?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it's included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

National Express Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in 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. 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 National Express Group, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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LSE:NEX Earnings and Revenue Growth June 20th 2021

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. National Express Group is not owned by hedge funds. M&G Investment Management Limited is currently the company's largest shareholder with 8.1% of shares outstanding. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Inc. is the second largest shareholder owning 6.2% of common stock, and Liontrust Asset Management PLC holds about 5.6% of the company stock.

Looking at the shareholder registry, we can see that 51% of the ownership is controlled by the top 14 shareholders, meaning that no single shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of National Express 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. 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.

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 National Express Group PLC in their own names. 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£1.1m 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 holds a 19% stake in National Express Group. 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:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks for example - National Express Group has 1 warning sign we think 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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