Could The Sunlight Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SUNL) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 23, 2021
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Every investor in Sunlight Financial Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SUNL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.

Sunlight Financial Holdings is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$656m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many 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 Sunlight Financial Holdings.

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NYSE:SUNL Ownership Breakdown November 23rd 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sunlight Financial Holdings?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Sunlight Financial Holdings. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there's always a risk that they are in a 'crowded trade'. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Sunlight Financial Holdings' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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NYSE:SUNL Earnings and Revenue Growth November 23rd 2021

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Sunlight Financial Holdings. FTV Management Company, L.P. is currently the company's largest shareholder with 30% of shares outstanding. With 9.9% and 8.7% of the shares outstanding respectively, Tiger Infrastructure Partners LP and Apollo Global Management, Inc. are the second and third largest shareholders. Furthermore, CEO Matthew Potere is the owner of 0.7% of the company's shares.

On looking further, we found that 53% of the shares are owned by the top 4 shareholders. In other words, these shareholders have a meaningful say in the decisions of the company.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 Sunlight Financial Holdings

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

We can see that insiders own shares in Sunlight Financial Holdings Inc.. In their own names, insiders own US$43m worth of stock in the US$656m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 16% stake in the company, and hence can't 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 a stake of 48%, private equity firms could influence the Sunlight Financial Holdings board. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Sunlight Financial Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Sunlight Financial Holdings .

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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