What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CNST) Shareholder Register?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 03, 2020
NasdaqGS:CNST

The big shareholder groups in Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNST) 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 have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Constellation Pharmaceuticals isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$1.9b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Constellation Pharmaceuticals.

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NasdaqGS:CNST Ownership Summary, January 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:CNST Ownership Summary, January 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Constellation Pharmaceuticals?

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.

Constellation Pharmaceuticals already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 28% of the company. 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 Constellation Pharmaceuticals, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:CNST Income Statement, January 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:CNST Income Statement, January 3rd 2020

It looks like hedge funds own 5.5% of Constellation Pharmaceuticals shares. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. VR Adviser, LLC is currently the company's largest shareholder with 14% of shares outstanding, The second and third largest shareholders are Ponoi Capital and Third Rock Ventures, LLC, holding 8.3% and 7.3%, respectively.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that 7 of the top shareholders account for 53% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.

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

Insider Ownership Of Constellation Pharmaceuticals

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.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. The insiders have a meaningful stake worth US$27m. Most would see this as a real positive. It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 16% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 42%, 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

For example, we've discovered 4 warning signs for Constellation Pharmaceuticals (of which 2 are major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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