Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO) Share Register?

A look at the shareholders of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of US$990m, Sangamo Therapeutics is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Sangamo Therapeutics.

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NasdaqGS:SGMO Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:SGMO Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sangamo Therapeutics?

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.

Sangamo Therapeutics already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 68% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Sangamo Therapeutics, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:SGMO Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:SGMO Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Sangamo Therapeutics is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is BlackRock, Inc. with 8.2% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are The Vanguard Group, Inc. and Wellington Management Group LLP, holding 7.3% and 6.7%, respectively.

Further, we can found that 51% of the ownership is controlled by the top 17 shareholders, meaning that no one 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 Sangamo Therapeutics

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.. It appears that the board holds about US$1.2m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of US$990m. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 32% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SGMO. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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. Take risks, for example – Sangamo Therapeutics has 4 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think 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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