What Kind Of Shareholders Hold The Majority In Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:LXRX) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 19, 2022
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A look at the shareholders of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$496m, 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 Lexicon Pharmaceuticals.

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NasdaqGS:LXRX Ownership Breakdown January 19th 2022

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lexicon Pharmaceuticals?

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 Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. 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 Lexicon Pharmaceuticals' earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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NasdaqGS:LXRX Earnings and Revenue Growth January 19th 2022

It would appear that 9.6% of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals shares are controlled by hedge funds. 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. Artal Group S.A. is currently the company's largest shareholder with 48% of shares outstanding. BVF Partners, L.P. is the second largest shareholder owning 9.6% of common stock, and FMR LLC holds about 4.3% of the company stock.

A more detailed study of the shareholder registry showed us that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 57% stake.

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 plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

We can see that insiders own shares in Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$6.2m worth of the US$496m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 17% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. 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 Lexicon Pharmaceuticals board. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and -- as the name suggests -- don't invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Lexicon Pharmaceuticals better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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